The Geniuses Behind “The Fox” Give Massachusetts a New State Song

Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 22 2013 6:05 PM

The Geniuses Behind “The Fox” Give Massachusetts a New State Song

The Norwegian parody-pop duo Ylvis stormed the U.S. with their viral sensation “The Fox,” which has now reached No. 6 on the Billboard chart. But true fans know they’re no one-hit wonder—indeed, “The Fox” is arguably not even their best song.

And so the hopes were high for their follow-up. Delightfully, for this Massachusetts native, it’s an ode to the Bay State, with a video apparently shot on location, and references to Attleboro and Haverhill and other Massachusetts locales. Were they aware of the fight that has lately brewed over the rightful Massachusetts state song? Are they trying to capitalize on their new-found American fame?


I don’t know. And, thanks partly to the many gay jokes in the song—some of which seem to poke fun at homophobia, some of which seem like gay jokes of the more traditional and regrettable kind—I’m still casting my ballot for “Roadrunner” if we ever get to vote. But there’s enough inspired silliness in this one to make it a contender, at least. Enjoy.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.