Axel F

Axel F

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Axel F is an electro-pop instrumental song composed by Harold Faltermeyer which first became known in popular culture as the theme song to the 1984 action-comedy film Beverly Hills Cop. It would later become an international hit and appear in numerous parodies in pop culture and online, where it was most notably covered by Crazy Frog.

Origin

"Axel F" was composed by Harold Faltermeyer for the 1984 action-comedy film, Beverly Hills Cop. The name "Axel F" is a reference to Axel Foley, the main character of the film.



Spread

The song ended up being an international hit, peaking at #1 in several Billboard charts.[1] It also was popularly used in other pieces of media, appearing in episodes of popular television shows like Friends, Parks and Recreation, and General Hospital. It was notably used in multiple jokes in Family Guy (shown below).



Crazy Frog

In 2005, dance music projects Bass Bumpers and Off-Cast Project created a cover song of Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F" using the Crazy Frog vocals. The song was released as a single titled "Crazy Frog – Axel F." The same year, the Swedish 3D animation company Kaktus Film and Wernquist made a music video for the song with the title "Axel F" (shown below). It was uploaded to the CrazyFrogVEVO channel on June 16th, 2009. In February of 2018, that video surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. The track debuted at Number 1 in the UK, where it stayed for four weeks. The success of the track led to three Crazy Frog albums: Crazy Hits (2005), More Crazy Hits (2006) and Everybody Dance Now (2009).



This was used in numerous memes based on the song, the most notable being the Crazy Frog Brothers.



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External References

[1] Allmusic – Harold Faltermeyer

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