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Auntie Carols sing your requests


Posted by Gavin Lucas, 17 December 2010, 12:29    Permalink    Comments (9)

I still haven't worked out whether this is good or bad, enjoyable or cringeworthy. I actually think it might be all of those things. I'm talking about agency Inferno's self promotional Christmas campaign which sees two ladies, apparently both called Carol, hosting a live webcam Carol singing service at

Yes, Carol and her namesake are, right now, sitting in camera-facing armchairs clutching folders of christmas carol and song lyrics, ready to respond to incoming requests. Watch them live or pick a pre recorded song of choice to listen to with an option of tweeting it or posting it on Facebook.

Carols you can request include O LIttle Town of Bethlehem, We Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas, Once In Royal David's City, and Chrismtas songs such as Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, Wonderful Christmas Time are also on the list to pick from. Keep watching the scrolling list of songs you can request though as there are some slightly unusual ditties such as Firestarter, 99 Problems, Pull Up To The Bumper, Sexy Back, Get The Party Started. What will you request?

OK, so they're not the best singers in the world, and they won't actually sing Grace Jones' Pull Up To The Bumper for you, but I can't help admiring Carol and Carol, who not only respond to requests to sing carols – but brush off additional incoming messages such as "are you single?" with smiles, a chuckle and a genuine charm that can only truly be mastered by a lady of a certain age who's happy to sit around singing carols all day drinking tea and making idle chit chat to fill the gaps between incoming requests. Bravo ladies!

How about a totally appropriate rendition of Let It Snow (it's coming down thick and fast here in London at the moment)? Thanks!


This idea has been done to death, i'd expect better from Inferno.
2010-12-17 13:45:54

Cunning did something similar two years ago: live webcam, shepherd and santa hats in live webcam meetings.

I'm with Matt, this is old.
2010-12-17 18:10:50

it's nice to see someone break out and not do yet another 'clever' twitter thing, or facebook thing, which all just leave you feeling so cold.
2010-12-18 18:21:12

i liked it, although its difficult to get the timing right when they are on live
2010-12-19 10:44:35

You should hear my Auntie Carol sing, oh my god!
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2010-12-20 10:55:45

They have gone off to Spain. I wont get to see them live
2010-12-20 11:47:26

amazing! haha
2010-12-21 12:34:21

I think this was good fun - and yes that's what Christmas is about! So it worked for me.
I got a real delight out of them reading my message, interacting with my message and then the lovely touch of being emailed my video a couple of hours later.
Love it!
2010-12-21 13:00:40

I loved this! Please bring it back!
2013-12-03 15:31:19

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