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(Wall Street Journal)   The Week of Weird Al wraps up by showing us why he's the king of the parody song... because he knows his business   (blogs.wsj.com ) divider line
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2014-07-21 01:32:52 PM  
Amazing. I watched that video and felt like I was at work,
 
2014-07-21 01:56:41 PM  
Yep, we have an annual three-day all-company conference.  That video is basically the entire three days in a few minutes.
 
2014-07-21 02:25:17 PM  
Totally going to use this one in class when I talk about writing meaningful mission statements. I love it!
 
2014-07-21 02:39:34 PM  
If Al could get a nickel for every time that video is projected on a conference room screen, he'd have a lot of nickels
 
2014-07-21 03:28:46 PM  
And this past week is exactly why all of those "Will Weird Al be able to adapt?" asshats need to find new jobs. This whole campaign is pure genius:

First, he released all of the videos on the Internet on separate days(Each one had a day for people to watch it over and over , show it to their friends, etc., before they got burned out on it.).
Next, 8 days(As opposed to, say 7) means that the campaign expired on Monday, not over the weekend.
Next, by changing the partners he released the video with, it wasn't the front page story on the same websites every day. One day it would be Nerdist, the next day College Humor. Those make headlines on a lot of the same websites of course, but each seem to have their favorites.
Also, by choosing more than 5 days(So it didn't end on the weekend again), he got this stretched into 2 weeks' worth of news.

Add Al's talents to the top of the list, and he is going to adapt just fine.
 
2014-07-21 03:33:22 PM  
Usually Al's song and/or style parodies are better than the originals.  So after getting a chuckle out of Al's video, I fired up the CSNY Deja Vu album.  I hadn't heard it in years.  So amazing.  Al fell short this time.
 
2014-07-21 03:37:23 PM  
Hard to fault Al on that,   Deja Vu is in my top 10 greatest albums ever.
 
2014-07-21 03:52:08 PM  

Mikey1969: And this past week is exactly why all of those "Will Weird Al be able to adapt?" asshats need to find new jobs. This whole campaign is pure genius:

First, he released all of the videos on the Internet on separate days(Each one had a day for people to watch it over and over , show it to their friends, etc., before they got burned out on it.).
Next, 8 days(As opposed to, say 7) means that the campaign expired on Monday, not over the weekend.
Next, by changing the partners he released the video with, it wasn't the front page story on the same websites every day. One day it would be Nerdist, the next day College Humor. Those make headlines on a lot of the same websites of course, but each seem to have their favorites.
Also, by choosing more than 5 days(So it didn't end on the weekend again), he got this stretched into 2 weeks' worth of news.

Add Al's talents to the top of the list, and he is going to adapt just fine.


^This.

I listened to him on the Never Not Funny podcast where he talks about how the different content providers produced the videos. They need content, he needed producers - they didn't pay him, just the cost of making the videos. Sounded like a win-win all around.
 
2014-07-21 04:08:06 PM  

Thwartme: Yep, we have an annual three-day all-company conference.  That video is basically the entire three days in a few minutes.


A one-day all-company conference is coming up and I have a sinking feeling that the clueless administrators might actually play this video; completely unaware of its mocking nature. Actually, I hope they do...
 
2014-07-21 04:09:57 PM  
This video reminds me why I hate working in an office environment or dealing with businesspeople. `Asshats who talk out of both sides of their face without saying a damn thing at all. Al nailed this one.
 
2014-07-21 04:23:19 PM  
i'd like to monetize my assets, how do i do that... cause man that looked cool.
 
2014-07-21 04:49:05 PM  
I went on one company retreat.  Never, ever, will I again allow myself to be put into the position of seeing my coworkers in shorts, t-shirts, halter tops.
 
2014-07-21 04:54:11 PM  
That just made me feel sad... and achey.
 
2014-07-21 06:05:17 PM  
Oh My God, this video sums up my absolute hatred of buzzwords...

And it was really well done, to boot!

cdn.stereogum.com
 
2014-07-21 06:09:20 PM  
That stupid video player won't work
 
2014-07-21 06:12:23 PM  

styckx: That stupid video player won't work


Maybe you don't have enough synergy. :P
 
2014-07-21 06:14:17 PM  
The only thing that dissapoints me is Wierd Al didn't parody any of the popular rap/hip hop songs that he was so well known for in the past. I'm really bummed not seeing something from Eminem or Nicki Minaj.
 
2014-07-21 06:22:47 PM  

melopene: Totally going to use this one in class when I talk about writing meaningful mission statements. I love it!


I told my wife that she needs to play Word Crimes the first day of school.
Think it'd be a good way to start the year.
 
2014-07-21 06:27:20 PM  
ABQGOD:
A one-day all-company conference is coming up and I have a sinking feeling that the clueless administrators might actually play this video; completely unaware of its mocking nature.

That's odd...

I work in the convention business, and it's amazing how often the show planners put something mocking up on the big screen - while the clueless low-level employees don't realize they did that on purpose, to try and get the employees out of the lock-step mindset.

"Why are you laughing? This is SERIOUS!"
 
2014-07-21 06:32:49 PM  
Couldn't watch the whole thing. Out of all the recent WA videos, that's the only one I couldn't get through. Oh, not saying that it wasn't creative and a good parody, more that it was a little too spot on with the corporate bullshiat speak. That sounded like Microsoft's recent announcement that it's laying off 18,000 people.
 
2014-07-21 06:44:54 PM  
Words I hear almost every hour for eight hours, five days a week.  That made this really silly, but man, the execution on the music was just lovely.  Sounded really great.
 
2014-07-21 06:48:57 PM  
Well yeah, it's his destiny to be the King of Suede.
 
2014-07-21 07:11:35 PM  
Using a hippie tune to mock corporate bullsh*t? Brilliant!
 
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2014-07-21 07:32:24 PM  
Interesting style...

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-07-21 07:45:13 PM  

JeffMD: The only thing that dissapoints me is Wierd Al didn't parody any of the popular rap/hip hop songs that he was so well known for in the past. I'm really bummed not seeing something from Eminem or Nicki Minaj.


How the hell do you parody something like "You a Stupid Hoe" ?!

I mean, Nikki Minaj is essentially a parody already. You can't point at the town idiot then say to the royal jester, "Awesome! Now make her  look stupid!"
 
2014-07-21 07:47:33 PM  

Ishkur: This reminds me of the time I came up with Ishkur Internet!


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2014-07-21 07:51:13 PM  
"diversiteeee oooooh!"

Loved it. fark you hollow boomers.
 
2014-07-21 09:08:52 PM  
The Man With Crazy Super Animal Powers:  How the hell do you parody something like "You a Stupid Hoe" ?!


"You an Eskimo" ?
 
2014-07-21 09:50:03 PM  
I worked at a company where we had a vice president named Phil who read every corporate how-to book as soon as it came out and started implementing what he'd learned. We'd have meetings and you could always tell when he'd just read another book because there would be new buzzwords and new strategies.

So a buddy and I decided to see if we could introduce some new buzzwords into Phil's vocabulary. We started talking about "putting the cat face" on things (meaning, we'd try to make them look good). A few months later at the corporate meeting, Phil's speech was all about "putting on the cat face" for our clients. People were wondering what farking book he'd just read about cat faces.

That's all I've got. It was funny for two of us anyway.

/csb
 
2014-07-21 09:56:07 PM  

JerkStore: I worked at a company where we had a vice president named Phil who read every corporate how-to book as soon as it came out and started implementing what he'd learned. We'd have meetings and you could always tell when he'd just read another book because there would be new buzzwords and new strategies.

So a buddy and I decided to see if we could introduce some new buzzwords into Phil's vocabulary. We started talking about "putting the cat face" on things (meaning, we'd try to make them look good). A few months later at the corporate meeting, Phil's speech was all about "putting on the cat face" for our clients. People were wondering what farking book he'd just read about cat faces.

That's all I've got. It was funny for two of us anyway.

/csb


FWIW, I chuckled at your CS, B.
 
2014-07-21 10:07:04 PM  

SilentStrider: Amazing. I watched that video and felt like I was at work,


THAT. VIDEO. IS. FU*KING. BRILLIANT.
 
2014-07-21 10:08:40 PM  
lucidmanager.org
 
2014-07-21 10:46:02 PM  
Is this what the 1% masturbates to?
 
2014-07-21 10:53:20 PM  

Captain Steroid: styckx: That stupid video player won't work

Maybe you don't have enough synergy. :P


Maybe he should demonetize some assets, and get a better computer. :P

/I'm really surprised my spellchecker didn't fight me on the word demonetize.
 
2014-07-21 11:34:47 PM  

JerkStore: I worked at a company where we had a vice president named Phil who read every corporate how-to book as soon as it came out and started implementing what he'd learned. We'd have meetings and you could always tell when he'd just read another book because there would be new buzzwords and new strategies.

So a buddy and I decided to see if we could introduce some new buzzwords into Phil's vocabulary. We started talking about "putting the cat face" on things (meaning, we'd try to make them look good). A few months later at the corporate meeting, Phil's speech was all about "putting on the cat face" for our clients. People were wondering what farking book he'd just read about cat faces.

That's all I've got. It was funny for two of us anyway.


People like you restore my jaded faith in humanity. I thank you for your service.
 
2014-07-22 07:30:18 AM  
While I'm more removed from a lot of the culture that uses the buzzwords in the video...

The artist was farking on POINT.
 
2014-07-22 07:42:25 PM  

The Man With Crazy Super Animal Powers: JeffMD: The only thing that dissapoints me is Wierd Al didn't parody any of the popular rap/hip hop songs that he was so well known for in the past. I'm really bummed not seeing something from Eminem or Nicki Minaj.

How the hell do you parody something like "You a Stupid Hoe" ?!

I mean, Nikki Minaj is essentially a parody already. You can't point at the town idiot then say to the royal jester, "Awesome! Now make her  look stupid!"


I suggest getting some wire cutters and cutting the metal right at the barb. Make sure you are holding the tip so it doesn't go down your throat. Once it is cut you can remove the whole apparatus from your mouth.
 
2014-07-22 09:07:51 PM  
Anyone else notice this looks like the same artist as SMBC?
 
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