Since the 60’s, musicians have debated about how “Moog” should be pronounced.
Some think it should be pronounced with an “ooh” sound, like moo. Others rhyme it with vogue.
Dr. Robert Moog preferred the latter:
“It rhymes with vogue. That is the usual German pronunciation. My father’s grandfather came from Marburg, Germany. I like the way that pronunciation sounds better than the way the cow’s ‘moo-g’ sounds.”
So, why the confusion?
Maybe this 1970 Moog pop album, The Plastic Cow Goes Moooooog, has something to do with it:
Girl group synth geek twins (!) Tegan & Sara put this question to rest (hopefully!) by calling up Moog Music to check:
Do you know any Minimoooooog players?