‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Releases ‘Mission Statement’ Video
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is concluding his eight days of eight new videos (which included his ‘First World Problems’ premiere with PopCrush) with ‘Mission Statement’ — a song in the style of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
While the folk group is known for its Americana sound and embracing of counter-culture, the lyrics of ‘Mission Statement’ are the exact opposite.
“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 told the Wall Street Journal. “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.”
We’d say Weird Al hit his mark. The song is layered with folksy harmonies and peppered with phrases like “leverage core competencies,” “holistically administrate exceptional synergy” and “monetize our assets.”
Another noticeable aspect of the video is the hand-drawn illustrations highlighting the buzzwords in the lyrics. According to the Wall Street Journal, Weird Al collaborated with TruScribe for the video, a process that took about 10 months to complete.
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