Business Blues

Rocky Mountain News, November 16, 1997, "Office Cheer Boosted By Gag Gifts" by Rob Reuteman

"I offer my top five Christmas Gag Gifts List...At the tiptop is Business Blues, a hilarious and highly listenable CD by a band known as Marketing Mike and the Suits. Honest.

"Brilliantly satiric lyrics are the hallmark of such tunes as Cubicle Blues, I Survived the Reorg (But I Wish They'd Laid Me Off), Voice Mail Hell,High-Tech Leash, and The Company Christmas Party.

"Marketing Mike himself is a decent blues vocalist. The band, made up of musicians from the respected Rounder blues label and Jazz Refuge Records, move easily from raggeo to rhythm and blues and straight blues as they provide musical punch to lines such as, "They didn't escort me out/Now I've got more clout/I'm climbing up the ladder/My wallet's getting fatter/Now the staff works for me/So crazy it's hard to see/That the winner in this bloodbath/Turned out bein' me."

The Metro (Silicon Valley, CA), October 16, 1997

Anyone who's ever been trapped in a voice mail loop, endured the reign of terror that accompanies a downsizing or been denied a wee-deserved raise can relate to Marketing Mike's lamentations."

Forbes, September 22, 1997

"Marketing Mike and the Shits hope that many people will spend some of their stock market profits and newly fattened paychecks on their album Business Blues -- 11 songs about all that sucks nine-to-five. .. You've got to give [Marketing Mike} credit for capturing the Dilbert seitgeist."

Electronic Design, September 2, 1997

"If you can imagine what might happen if Dilbert were to participate in an all-night jam session with the Blues Brothers, you might have a sense of the mayhem this rowdy little band has managed to unleash from its basemement recording studio... In their song, "Corporate Speak," The Suits gleefully skewer the collection of platitudes, euphemisms, and doublespeak that passes for communication with employees in most companies. Among the best examples are; "right-sizing"' equals "layoffs", demoted," and "employee empowerment" is really "give us twice the work for the same paycheck." For anyone who has ever carried a pager or cellular phone, "High-Tech Leash" should strike home. It describes the plight of an overworked employee who can't get away from his job, no matter how far or fast he or she runs."

The Business Journal Serving San Jose and Silicon Valley, August 18, 1997

"Marketing Mike and the Suits has released its second recording of wisecracking songs. The first album, 'Marketing Blues,' featured a collection of 11 songs that poked fun at marketing, trade shows and annual reports. The latest compilation of 11 songs, called 'Business Blues,' is aimed at a more general audience. One song, about the requisite Christmas bash, warns: 'Careful what you do, careful what you say, beware the company Christmas party, it could blow your raise away.' Other songs yuk it up about voice mail, corporate speak and business travel."

EDN Products Edition, June 18, 1997

"They recorded a novelty CD called 'Marketing Blues,' which through word-of-mouth became an underground hit. That prompted Mike to go back to the studio and record a second one called 'Business Blues.' If you've ever felt like a tiny cog in a big machine, this CD might be just the medicine you need...It's the lyrics Mike and his wife co-wrote, however, that will really get your attention. They're very reminiscent of those penned by the late, great Frank Zappa."

Marketing Blues

Larry Chase's Web Digest for Marketers, April 1, 1997

"Marketing Mike works in a west-coast PR firm and plays music at night. Fed up with corporate America, Mike started writing songs about how much he hated his job. Hear ladder-climbing blues favorites-to-be like "I Survived the Reorg (But I Wish They'd Laid Me Off)" and "Cubicle Blues." Musical Dilbert?"

Sales & Marketing Management, March 1997

"So your job gives you the blues. Well, take heart: You're not alone. Thanks to Marketing Mike and the Suits, a Blues group, you can laugh your troubles away. The band's debut CD, Marketing Blues, is filled with tunes poking fun at the business world and includes such song titles as "The Ad From Hell" and "The Sales Force Wouldn't Push His New Product."

The DYI Report, March 10,1997

"Check out the new CD from Marketing Mike and the Suits, called "Business Blues." It's a look at working in corporate America, and includes songs such as "I Survived the Reorg (But I wish they'd laid me off)," "His Comptuer Crashed," "Voice Mail Hell," and more."

Blues Access, Winter 1997

"... this concept album has more great biz jokes than you can click a mouse at. Every song has a great line: "Strategic" ("I love it when you talk strategic"); "The Ad From Hell" ("Ads made by committee/always turn out shitty); "The Annual Report" (We want to sound good without winding up in court"), and on and on."

PRSA Tactics, January 1997

"Only 360 shopping days until Christmas! So here's an early stocking stuffer idea for the PR person in your life. "Marketing Blues," an 11-track CD by Marketing Mike & the Suites, is the first effort that we can think of to satirize the PR and marketing business with songs such as "The Annual Report" and "The Annual Distributor Bash." Check out the words to "PR Blues": "Got those PR blues / My company won't put out any news / My boss calls PR free press / Then he wonders why our image is a mess."

Marketing Pulse, Winter 1997 (Silicon Valley American Marketing Association Newsletter)

"A great holiday gift for anyone in sales or marketing. You've seen and heard them on the Internet. You've read about them in the Mercury News. And you heard them at the October SVAMA meeting. Now you can get your very own copy -- and copies for your friends in sales and marketing."

America West Airlines Magazine, November 1996

"Marketing Blues is a compilation of humorous songs performed by the trio Marketing Mike & The Suits, whose true identities are concealed so they can keep their day jobs at large Silicon Valley firms...Marketing Blues intones 9-to-5 angst in songs with such rousing titles as The Annual Report, Pricing and The Sales Force Wouldn't Push His New Product.

Electronic Engineering Times, October 14, 1996

"Watch out Silicon Valley, Marketing Mike and the Suits have blown into town with a compact disk listing 11 songs "that exemplify everything they didn't teach you in business school about marketing."

""Mike" and his "Suits" know of what they sing. Mike started out as a bass player in Midwest bands and studied as a journalist, but now works for a leading Valley high-technology public-relations firm...Similarly, "Mrs Mike" ...also works at a Valley technology firm, and seeks to remain anonymous."

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