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Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

“Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video.

He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him.

There are a few somewhat Lean-related buzzwords in the video… the last one looks like it has PDSA cycles drawn there :-)

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Funny stuff!

It’s a little known fact that, during a dry spell in Weird Al’s career, that he wrote a line of corporate parody songs for target markets like Lean and Six Sigma.

Songs included:

  • Lean It (parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”)
  • Girls Just Wanna Kaizen (parody of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”)
  • My Six Sigma (parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona”)
  • Born to PDSA (parody of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”)
  • What’s Root Cause Go to Do With It? (parody of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It”)
  • 5S Paradise (parody of Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise)
  • Smells Like Six Sigma (parody of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”)
  • Pretty Fly for a Sensei (parody of The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”)

OK, I made that all up. What Lean or Six Sigma parody songs would you write? Leave a comment to post your idea…


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  1. Thank you for the entertaining post. I wish Weird Al would record Calibration (parody of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration”).
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  2. Mark Graban
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    From Brian Buck via LeanMemes.com:

    “You Gotta Fight (For Your Right) to Kaizen”

    A parody of the Beastie Boys, of course.

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  3. Brian Kerr says:

    Who can forget that timeless ode to standard work, “Repeat It”?
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  4. Mark Graban
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    The song “Sensei” would be a parody of Weird Al’s song “Ricky” which is a parody of Toni Basil’s song “Mickey.”

    Oh Sensei, you’re so fine
    You’re so fine, you blow my mind
    Hey Sensei…. Hey Sensei…

  5. Mark Graban
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    A parody of the great Pat Benatar song “Shadows of the Night”:

    We’re making shadowboards tonight,
    So baby 5s that cart, it’ll be all right
    Surrender all excess tools to me tonight
    They’ll profit in the end….
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  6. Chad Walters
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    Turning Japanese!
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  7. Brian Buck
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    Don’t forget Queen’s hit “Bohemian Nemawashi”
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