It’s Officially 20 Years Since The Most Annoying Sound Ever Heard Was Created

“A ring ding ding ding ding a ring ding ding dingdemgdemg a ring ding ding ding ding ring ding baa-baa ring ding ding ding ding a ring ding ding dingdemgdemg a ring ding ding ding ding a bram ba am baba weeeeeee."

Oh the eternal sound, how it echoes through the ages, how decades later we still hear its call.

It was recorded by student Daniel Malmedahl in 1997 when he was trying to make the sound of an internal combustion engine.

You know what I’m talking about…

Daniel uploaded the crazy frog noise to his website, it was discovered by a Swedish TV channel and he was asked to perform it on air.

Then in 2003 the noise was used by Erik Wernquist, who animated it using a little blue frog which he titled ‘The Annoying Thing’.

 The animation received attention through file sharing and word of mouth, and ringtone marketers renamed it the ‘Crazy Frog’ and started to market it in mid-2004.

In an interview with HitQuarters, Wernquist expressed his displeasure at the choice of name, as he said: “If I had known that this was going to be such a big thing I would not have allowed them to use that stupid name. It has nothing to do with the character. It’s not a frog and it’s not particularly crazy either."

Whatever he thought about it, It turned into two video games and became a viral sensation before ‘going viral’ was a thing.

Crazy Frog was later remixed by Axel F and became one of the most successful singles of 2005, staying at the top of the UK charts for four weeks

It also reached number one in Sweden, Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Listening back, it’s hard not to think that the record-buying public was swept up in some kind of trance.

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