Today, Weird Al Yankovic concludes his run of eight videos in eight days, finishing up with a hand-drawn animated clip aimed at corporate America.
Anyone who has worked for a corporation knows all too well the bland platitudes offered by a company's mission statement: the pseudo-intellectual blather, the baffling strings of meaningless words, the near-constant use of the word "synergy" even though nobody actually knows what "synergy" means. Weird Al's "Mission Statement" rips them all a new paradigm. The song is a style parody of Crosby, Stills & Nash, borrowing most heavily from their 1969 classic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Al spoke about the song to The Wall Street Journal:
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. 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.
Al's boardroom vision becomes multi-layered satire with the video itself, which was created by whiteboard animation company TruScribe, whose clients include Walmart, Microsoft, and Polycom. The animation depicts the song's dichotomy, with images of industry and productivity alongside psychedelic hippies and "holistic administrators." Check it out above.
The song was apparently well-received by at least one of its creators. In a recent Reddit AMA, Yankovic wrote about bumping into Graham Nash and being asked to parody a song:
I walked over to say hi... he sees me, and the first words out of his mouth are, "So, when are you gonna do a parody of 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'??" I whipped out my iPhone and played "Mission Statement" for him. Instant request! (He loved it, BTW.)
Source: Al Yankovic YouTube Channel