28 January 2005


So I got an email from my brother today, and after my response, he said he thought it would be something blog-worthy.
So, here is the exchange:

hey do you know about this? wow i want to hear it.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 13:37:32 -0800
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: xxxxxx@xxxxx.org
Cc: xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.com
Subject: those wacky germans

Watch out Britney....

A children's song by a little girl has raced to the top of the German singles charts in just a few weeks. The song Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil or "Snappy, the little crocodile" has relegated hits by Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg and Kylie Minogue to the lower echelons of the Top 10.

The song is basically about the teething efforts of a little crocodile with lots of sharp teeth. Seven-year-old Joy Gruttmann's aunt Iris recorded her singing the tune three years ago, when she was four. Iris Gruttmann, who co-wrote the song, then posted it on the Internet as a kind of family joke.

But when a couple of major radio stations discovered the song, other pop stars didn't stand a chance. The tinny-voiced "Schnappi" is on rotation on radio stations nationwide and MTV.

Even nightclubs are playing a disco remix version, with people crowding the dance floor, singing the refrain "Schni Schna Schnappi."

My response:

Yeah, I saw the video once at a Turkish restaurant. It is cute. The German iTunes music store has the song with 7 remixes. You can hear samples there. Fire up iTunes & select the German music store after you click on the music store in the left pane of the main iTunes window.

The French try to get more French songs on the air by mandating it by law. The Germans do it by choice. Basically, I have heard some sucky songs in German beat out popular (but usually still sucky) American songs, and I think the only reason is because they are German. However, that isn't to say there aren't good German songs. I like quite a few, some actually get airplay on TV or radio.

I also think there is something about kids. There is a popular "segment" on the big radio stations called "Nils & his Hamster" or something like that. Basically, it is a guy talking in a kids voice, prank calling people and talking about the wacky things he & his hamster do. It is quite the hit, it seems, since they devote like 5 minutes every morning to it, and it isn't like a song where it is the same every time.

It is a cute song. The lyircs are simple enough for me to understand. The original German is on the linked website. Here's my quick & dirty translation (no attempts to rhyme or anything).

I am Schnappi the small crocodile,
I come from Egypt, directly on the Nile;
First I was in an egg,
Then I snip, snap, snapped myself free

Snip, snap snappy! Snip, snap Snappy!

I am Schnappi the small corcodile
I have sharp teeth and a heck of a lot of them
I snap whatever I can snap
I snap because I do it so well

Snip, snap snappy! Snip, snap Snappy!

I am Schnappi the small crocodile
I like to snap, it is my favorite game
I sneak up to my mom
and show her how well I can snap

Snip, snap snappy! Snip, snap Snappy!

I am Schnappi the small crocodile
And I can't get enough snapping.
I bite my dad on his leg
and then I simply fall asleep.

So, yeah, it is pretty basic. And cute.
And I guess you can dance to it, with the right remix.

To make it more interesting, I saw a CD at the grocery store today, with the same 8 mixes from the german iTunes music store, plus the video. It was 5.50 Euro. I'm considering getting it. Maybe I should send it to my brother... I think I still owe him a birthday present.


At Friday, 04 February, 2005 , Blogger Allan said...

You can listedn to the schnappi song here. It is a web-based game where you shoot at Schnappi. But you get to hear the basic version of the song.

At Tuesday, 08 February, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Alex)> I missed the whole thing about Schnappi :(
Friends told me about it, but never get it to my ears! I should stop playing Warcraft ;)


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