MOSS World

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Wow, Christian Buckley doesn’t waste any time. First up, watch this video then I will explain:

Now I am writing this at 8am and around 10pm last night I recorded this vid with him and now it has photos, montage and credits. I don’t think he slept.

The story behind this goes back a bit. When Dux first told me he was going to do a rap – I think 2 years ago or more at a Best Practices Conference – and showed me the lyrics to “SharePoint is Nice Nice Baby”, I thought “no that will never work because its framed too nicely”. (Of course I was completely wrong and Dux stole the show and continues to do so. )

Anyway, to me Mad World (the Gary Jule version) seemed the perfect song for SharePoint because it gave me the right sort of subtlety to work with my cynical sense of humour. Much of the lyrics were done years back and I sent them to Ruven Gotz and Peter Serzo who both sent back some mods. Somehow by chance the subject came up again in Wellington New Zealand with Christian Buckley. Christian happens to be a great singer who has been in bands in his past. Our hotel lobby had an old piano so the scene was set.  A bit of Lennon/McCartney-esque collaboration (Culmsee/Buckley of course) on lyrics and we were ready to go.

We did one take, with Mark Miller providing magnificent cinematography (the flowers fade in and fade out was sheer gold)

In case you are interested, here are the full lyrics as far as I remember them… enjoy!

 

All around me are new interfaces

Shared workspaces, my-site places

Run by admins who can’t tie their laces

Page loads snail pace, backups no trace

 

Out of box is just so boring, i think its kind of sad

My dreams of coding c-sharp are the best I ever had

I find it hard to tell you, the root hive’s really toast

When coders put in SharePoint its a really really

Mad world, Mad World

 

Metrosexuals try to make it facebook

Where’s my hairspray? where’s my hairspray?

Using designer to create a workflow

No-one follows, no-one follows

 

Out of box is just so boring, i think its kind of sad

My dreams of coding c-sharp are the best I’ve ever had

I find it hard to tell you, the root hive’s really toast

When coders put in SharePoint its a really really

Mad world, Mad World

 

Content database is like Godzilla

8 hour backups, 8 hour backups

Mess with settings inside web.config

Where’s my homepage? where’s my homepage?

 

Out of box is just so boring, i think its kind of sad

Code monkeys blame their admins but their memory leaks suck bad

I find it hard to tell you, the sequel’s out of space

When tech-geeks put in SharePoint its a very very

Mad world, MOSS world

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15 Responses to MOSS World

  1. Paul (& Christian)-
    The guantlet has been thrown down. You have us working to put together a band.

    This could be the great new SharePoint meme of 2011. 🙂

    rgds, mg

  2. Dux says:

    You’ve just upped the ante – now you got me thinking of my next track

  3. admin says:

    Dux, you are the Freddie Mercury of the SharePoint community. No-one can touch you on stage. I would be foolish to even try to try and compete 🙂

    hehe

  4. Brebinator says:

    Wow this looks like a 300. I dont get it.

    🙂

  5. Nick says:

    Classic work. My suggestions must never have made it past the cutting floor? vNext perhaps…

  6. Andrew Jolly says:

    This years award for best collaboration goes to Paul Culmsee and Christian Buckley!

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  8. Serzo says:

    That freakin brilliant guys! Great work – nice tickling of the ivories Paul! Do you guys take requests, songs like: Forget You MOSS (Cee Lo), Coming Team Site Home (PDiddy), Love the way you Devs Lie (Eminem)- Game on Mates…

  9. Just got off the phone with some folks in Boston, and we may have a live performance during my SPTechCon session in June with Geoff Varosky. It’s a good fit, with our session entitled “9 Ways to Become a (SharePoint) Rock Star.” Right now we’re talking about using an Alice in Chains song.

  10. admin says:

    Christian

    Thats gold – you have to do MOSS world – surely??? People are going to want you to sing that! 🙂 Wish I was there to participate!

    regards

    Paul

  11. Vicki Thomas says:

    Next time we want to hear you sing Paul!

  12. admin says:

    Seriously – no you don’t 🙂

  13. earache says:

    Rebecca Black’s song Friday is better than this. ;p

  14. admin says:

    Oh now that hurts! My piano may be crap but you cut me deep there 😛

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