This is too weird not to share: Searching for a book on Amazon I ran across an MP3 for a song called “Investor Relations.” Well, I had to plunk down my 89 cents and latch onto this professionally relevant tune. Turns out “Investor Relations” is 10 years old. Somehow I missed it back in ’99. Here’s the album cover.
The band is the Sisterhood of Convoluted Thinkers. OK, they’re not on my regular playlist … a bit too loud-and-indie for a mellow-oldies guy.
Strangely enough, the Sisterhood’s singer on this track is male. His whiny nasal voice sounds like something from Dylan in the Sixties – appropriately, since “Investor Relations” is sort of a protest song.
Listen to a clip … Or a sample of the lyrics will give you the flavor:
I’ll make a bet that we all own something
That disagrees with our politics …
So you’re buying stock in a corporation
That’s cutting off your nose.
Don’t you dare look shocked
When they come to take it
And they say that’s how it goes.
And now, I can’t breathe.
The words are eccentric but evoke darkness and doom in all things corporate. Taking swipes at Nike, Wal-Mart and other companies, the song could offer a provocative lead-in to a discussion on socially responsible investing. Or just comic relief. “Now, I can’t breathe … la-la-la-la-la” is a recurring refrain. (The “la-la-la-la-la” keeps it from getting too heavy.)
This musical oddity is not about to be adopted as an anthem for NIRI – though you have to wonder, why isn’t there more singing at NIRI meetings?