The C'mons

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The C'mons or The C.M.O.N.S. are the fictional rock band consisting of White, Blue, Red, Cherri and Moo used in viral marketing campaign to promote 4th generation Opel Corsa in Europe since 2006. The lyrics to all The C'mons songs are composed solely of the word "c'mon", hence the name.

History[edit]

The C'mons are knitted dolls created by the German artist Boris Hoppek in his distinctive style.[1]

Initially, they featured in a fairly extensive advertising campaign on MTV UK and Ireland. This presented them as a band composed of woven hand puppets, who have released such tracks as "C'mon", "C'mon, C'mon" and "C'Mon, Yeah".

The adverts are in a rockumentary style but contain very little information other than the website address of MTV Under The Radar. This site in turn contains some vague information about the band, as well as links to the UK C'mons website.

This features a pop-up subsection called "C'mon!pedia", a mock Wikipedia-style article on the band, which fleshes out some details concerning the characters; specifically, it states that the C'mons are an "alternative rock formation out of Barcelona, Spain". Unlike the real Wikipedia article that page is not editable.

Later, in 2006, The C'mons have featured in adverts for the Opel Corsa.[2] It has been suggested[3] that they may have been created solely for this advertising purpose, the idea being that the initial campaign would create hype amongst the target market (young cosmopolitan and trendy city dwellers of both sexes) which could then be exploited in the second campaign.

Apparently, the characters have had something of a cult following, with a set of five promotional editions changing hands for over £200 recently and celebrity fans including Radio 1's Chris Moyles and the Sugababes.

Music[edit]

Boris Hoppek is currently living in Barсelona, and Steph Bosch is living in devon,alberta the band of musicians who recorded songs for The C'mons project also come from this city.[1]

The lyrics to all The C'mons songs are composed solely of the word "c'mon" repeated with different intonations. The band recorded a whole album of such songs, ranging from rockers to ballads. Stylistically, it can be described as dance-punk with hints to brit-pop and indie rock. Dance-punk genre was one of the trends of mid-2000s.

The album was available as a streaming content at The C'mons web-site.

Regional differences[edit]

The campaign took its start in UK, were the Corsa is sold under the Vauxhall marque. However, in all other European markets the vehicle is known as Opel Corsa.

For Russian market, The C'mons were renamed Rulezzzz.[4]

Original songs are not used in Russian campaign. According to the legend, Rulezzzz are ska band from Lobnya[4] (instead of dance-punk act from Barcelona). The sole promo song is available at rulezzzz.ru web-site. Its lyrics are composed of words "rules" and "c'mon".

Opel Russia advertisement director Maria Kosareva explains this in the following way:[1]

European trendsetters are different from Russian ones, so we decided to adapt the campaign by using localized names and biographies

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Хулиган" Magazine, September 2007, www.xyligan.ru
  2. ^ Advertising campaigns Archived 2006-09-26 at Archive.is by Delaney Lund Knox Warren and Partners Ltd.
  3. ^ "immediapress". 2012-02-05. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  4. ^ a b rulezzzz.ru promotional web-site

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