Garçon (song)

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"Garçon"
Single by Koxie
from the album Koxie
B-side "J'aime"
Released 25 June 2007 (France)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded France
Genre R&B, Rap, Pop
Length 3:36
Label AZ
Producer(s) Stéphane Bonvent
Certification Gold Belgium, France
Koxie singles chronology
"Garçon"
(2007)
"Ma Meilleure Amie"
(2008)

"Garçon" is a 2007 successful song recorded by French rap singer Koxie. This R&B song was released as her debut single from her album Koxie, on which it features as the third track. It topped the charts of France and Belgium for two months.

Background[edit]

"Garçon, si t'enlèves la cédille
Ça fait garcon
Et gare aux cons ma fille
Gare aux cons..."

— Beginning of the refrain

Koxie created her MySpace page with her first single "Garçon" also known under the title "Gare aux cons". The song evokes, with humour, the exasperation of a young woman towards the stupidity (sexism and vulgarity) of some men (boys in the text). The song is based on a Dr. Dre sample, which is itself based on a Charles Aznavour recording.[1]

The song was a huge success on the internet as well as on singles charts.[2] Koxie released the single on the AZ label on June 25, 2007. To promote the song, she performed "Garçon" on many French programmes.

The song is also available on many French compilations, such as Hits 2 en 1 2007 Vol. 3, Hits 2008, Starfloor Vol. 7, NRJ Hit Music Only! 2007 and The Very Best Of 2007.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Koxie is on her scooter and is accosted by a black man in a car, accompanied by his friends. This one addresses her vulgar words. Koxie tries to reason with him by saying that it is not a way of speaking to a woman and finally, the man begins crying in her arms, explaining that he acts so because he is incited by his friends.

Cover versions and parodies[edit]

A Skyrock listener made "Gare aux thons", a parody of Koxie's song, and broadcast it on YouTube. The French host Cauet covered the song under the title "Coxis".

In 2008, the song was covered by Michèle Laroque, Jean-Baptiste Maunier and Karen Mulder and included in a medley named "Le Match" available on Les Enfoirés' album Les Secrets des Enfoirés. In 2009, French band La Pompe Moderne released its album Greatest Hits with a cover version of "Garçon".[3]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single debuted at number 11 on 30 June 2007 and reached the top ten the week after. At the end of August, the single peaked number one on the singles chart and remained there for seven weeks. It totaled 22 weeks in the top ten, 26 weeks in the top 50 and 31 weeks on the chart.[4] Certified Platinum disc by the SNEP,[5] the single was the second best-selling single of 2007,[6] with 282,196 copies sold.[7]
It was also number one for two weeks on the French Digital Chart,[8] peaking at number 15 on the annual chart,[9] with about 33,260 sales.[10]

The single, charted from 1 September 2007 on the Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop Singles Chart, reached quickly number one. It managed to top the chart for seven not consecutive weeks. It fell off the chart after 24 weeks.[11] The single achieved Gold status[12] and was ranked number 11 on 2007 Belgian End of Year Chart.[13]

The single had a moderate success in Switzerland, peaking only at number 44.[14]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Garçon"   3:36
2. "J'aime"   3:47
  • Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Garçon"   3:36

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads
Belgium[12] Gold 8 December 2007 20,000
France[5] Platinum 20 December 2007 300,000 282,196[7] 33,260[10]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"4 Mots sur un piano" by Patrick Fiori, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Christine Ricol
French SNEP number one single
August 25, 2007 - October 6, 2007 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Kamaté" by Ora Maté
Preceded by
"1973" by James Blunt
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (first run)
October 27, 2007 - November 24, 2007 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Jacques a dit" by Christophe Willem
Preceded by
"Jacques a dit" by Christophe Willem
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (second run)
December 8, 2007 - December 15, 2007 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's the Difference" (2001 album), based on "Parce que tu crois", by Charles Aznavour
  2. ^ Découvre le «Rap chic» de Koxie ! MCM.net (Retrieved December 7, 2007)
  3. ^ "Greatest Hits, La Pompe Moderne" (in French). Fnac Musique. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Garçon", French SNEP Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 7, 2007)
  5. ^ a b 2007 French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  6. ^ a b 2007 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  7. ^ a b "Disques 2007 : Mika a fait bouger la France", Charles Decant, March 12, 2008 Ozap.com (Retrieved April 28, 2008)
  8. ^ a b French Digital Tracks Chart (Top 50) Ifop.com (Retrieved December 13, 2007)
  9. ^ a b 2007 French Digital Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  10. ^ a b 2007 digital downloads in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 28, 2008)
  11. ^ a b Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved December 7, 2007)
  12. ^ a b Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved December 7, 2007)
  13. ^ a b 2007 Belgian Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 19, 2008)
  14. ^ a b "Garçon", Swiss Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 7, 2007)
  15. ^ French Airplay Chart Francecharts.site.voila.fr (Retrieved December 13, 2007)
  16. ^ a b 2007 French Airplay and Video Charts Yacast.fr (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  17. ^ 2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved December 26, 2008)