Crazy Frog

The Crazy Frog was a computer-animated character who was originally known as the Annoying Thing.

UK Top 40 Singles
UK Top 40 Albums

 

Crazy Frog

Crazy Frog

The character began life in 1997 when Swedish student Daniel Malmedahl recorded his imitation of a two-stroke engine and posted it on his website. After he performed the sound on live television, the mp3 was distributed via file sharing sites.

In 2003, the sound came to the attention of Erik Wernquist who created the first animation of the Annoying Thing and posted it, accompanied by the sound, on his website. The following year, mobile ringtone company Jamster started marketing the creation as the Crazy Frog.

The Crazy Frog made its first impact on the UK charts in 2005 when a version of Harold Faltermeyer’s Axel F was released. The single spent four weeks at the top of the chart and was followed by an album, Crazy hits, later in the year. From mid 2005 to the end of 2006, five singles entered the UK chart, although only two of them peaked inside the top 10. Follow-up albums were released but none entered the UK top 40.

The Crazy Frog split the opinion of the public, amusing some and annoying others. The advertising campaigns for the ringtones received many complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and Ofcom, many regarding the frequency with which the adverts were shown. The character was also deemed to be inappropriate for children and the adverts were banned before 9pm.

 

UK Top 40 Singles


 

UK Top 40 Albums

 

Be Sociable, Share!

Join the discussion