Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weird Al’ Yankovic Wraps 8 Days of Videos With ‘Mission Statement’

From the Wall Street Journal:


‘Weird Al’ Yankovic premieres ‘Mission Statement’ video on WSJ
 
Robert Trachtenberg
“Weird Al” Yankovic wraps up his eight-day string of video releases with “Mission Statement,” which premieres today on Speakeasy.
The song, from Yankovic’s new albumMandatory Fun,” is in the style of“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills & Nash. The song features Yankovic harmonizing with himself on lyrics constructed of corporate jargon, like “operationalize our strategies” and “leverage our core competencies,” while the animated whiteboard video depicts a live-action hand that is drawing illustrations to go with the words.

“I wanted to do a song about all the ridiculous double-speak and meaningless buzzwords that I’ve been hearing in office environments my entire life,” Yankovic says by e-mail. “I just thought it would be ironic to juxtapose that with the song stylings of CSN, whose music pretty much symbolizes the antithesis of corporate America.”



See also The Surprisingly Savvy Weird Al Internet Machine from The Atlantic

Grammarly Exclusive: Interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic about "Word Crimes"

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