Displayit Celebrates 20 Years in 2016 with Parodies of 1996 Hits

Displayit's 20th Anniversary

Displayit turns 20 in 2016 and, while we might enjoy getting nostalgic over Displayit's history, we thought it would be more fun for you if we took some things from 1996 and make them fresh again.

We're celebrating by sharing musical parodies -- imitations of popular songs for comic effect. We've picked 12 hits songs from 1996; we'll come up with new lyrics, and our own talented teammates will perform them for you. Each month we'll post a short video of the song, plus we'll post the full audio version with EXTRA VERSES for you to download or stream for free and enjoy whenever and wherever you like.

The goal is to have some fun, lighten up your days, and give you a reason to celebrate with us all year long. Enjoy, and feel free to share our music with others.

Displayit's Tradeshow Song Parodies

The melodies should sound familiar, but the lyrics will be a surprise. Our versions will be about what life might be like for some folks (maybe you?) in the Convention, Exhibition and Events Industry; the travel, the glamour, the lost weekends... you get it.

When we release the Parody of the Month, we'll post the title here with a link to its video, lyrics, and free audio track.

You can stream all our song parody audio tracks with the EXTRA VERSES from our SoundCloud page.

Month of '16 Release

Album Artwork

Displayit's Title

Original Title

Original Performer

January

What I Forgot Cover Art

What I Forgot

What I Got

Sublime

February

Roommate of Infamy Cover Art Roommate of Infamy Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

March

Roommate of Infamy Cover Art Therapy Jealousy Natalie Merchant

April

Scan Your Badge Cover Art Scan Your Badge Change The World Eric Clapton

May

The Dish Trance Cover Art The Dish Trance The Distance Cake

June

Get Tradeshow Fame Cover Art Backwall Boys -
Get Tradeshow Fame (With Your Art)
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) Backstreet Boys

July

Flying Cover Art Turtle & the Sailfish - Flying Time Hootie & the Blowfish

August

I Sleep Around Cover Art I Sleep Around Follow You Down Gin Blossoms

September

Bring Me One Reason Bring Me One Reason Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman

October

In Your City In Your City Little Bitty Alan Jackson

November

In Your City Doctorcall Wonderwall Oasis

December

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What I Forgot

January 25, 2016 release

Have you ever left the house in a frenzy, late for an event, wondering, "Did I turn off the coffee pot?" "Did I let the dog back in?" Is the garage door wide open?" Then you will relate to "What I Forgot."

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What I Forgot

 

What I Forgot Lyrics

Convention starts on Thursday. Planning this for weeks.
Gonna rock that trade show floor. Our booth is real unique.
But there's no time for coffee. I set the 'larm clock wrong.
I'll just have to break routine and move things right along.
I'm not worried. My plane I'll soon be flying.
I can pack a bag just like a Delta Airlines pilot.

Now I'm wondering... what I forgot.
Now I'm wondering... what I forgot.

Driving to the airport. No time to go slow. When did my gas gauge decide to get so low?
Gotta check my bag and head to the gate. Fifty five pounds, oh no... I'm overweight!
TSA agent wants to see my e-ticket. Click -- NOOOOO! Did I just delete it?

Now I'm wondering... what I forgot. Next time remember that.
Pack light... too much I brought. Gotta remember that.
Boarding pass... what I forgot. I said remember that.
Gasoline... what I forgot... forgot... forgot.

Guy at the gate, he called me by my name. I tried to do the same, but who the heck is he?
Chatterbox behind me. Row 7, crying twins. Got music on my phone, but nothing to plug it in.
At the hotel early, extra time to go explore. Got a text from my boss; he wants a TPS report!

Now I'm wondering... what I forgot.
Old friends... what I forgot. Next time remember that.
Ear buds... what I forgot. Gotta remember that.
Paper work... what I forgot. I said remember that.
What else have I forgot?

Made it to our booth, piled high will all our stuff. Ready to unbox. Man, this packing tape is tough!
Monitor is huge, our demos should go great. Why can't I get a signal in this cotton-picking place?
Our raffle will be hot, the prizes are real gems. Business cards we'll get, but where we putting them?
From the booth cut through the lobby because the steps were less.
Ran into my best prospect while I looked a sweaty mess.

Box cutter... what I forgot. Next time remember that.
Internet... what I forgot. Gotta remember that.
Fish bowl... what I forgot. I said remember that.
Embarrassment... but she still bought!

When the doors opened, our buyers came to talk and touch.
And despite the glitch or two, we came through in the clutch.
The days were long and hard, but the pain we soon forgot.
The business that we earned gave our top line a healthy shot.

Our message... was on the spot. Yes, they'll remember that.
Traffic... was flaming hot. We'll all remember that.
Sales leads... we got a lot. Gotta remember that.
Clients... signed on the dot. I said remember that.
Commissions... will buy my yacht. Sailing September that.
Doesn't matter... what I forgot... forgot... forgot.

Roommate of Infamy

February 25, 2016 release; 4 min. 1 sec.

What could possibly go wrong if you have to bunk with a co-worker? You're about to find out. The company may have saved money, but you're about to lose your sanity.

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Roommate of Infamy

 

Roommate of Infamy Lyrics

We're roommates, paired up at every convention.
I may I have neglected to mention,
I can't stand the smell of your farts.
You move in, grab the bed by the window.
Hog all the extra pillows.
I think it's time that we part.

Then you said, "What about drinking 'til 2 or 3?"
And I said, "Sometimes I remember what happened.
I do recall the last time you posted my bail."
Then I said, "Well, that's the one thing we got."

But, still, you leave your towels on the floor.
Hang underwear on the door knob.
Your hair's all over the soap.
You wake up, leave for the gym at five-ten,
Slamming the door once a-gain.
I'm at the end of my rope.

Then you said, "What about Vegas and poker games?"
And I said, "Yes, now, I often win big.
And I recall practice hands we played up in our room."
Then I said, "Well, that's the one thing we got."

You take off with our free newspaper.
Snore like a cornered 'gator.
Is it so hard to flush?
I wonder, must you sleep with the light on?
Always leave beer in the bottle?
Go get your own toothbrush.

Then you said, "What about the cellist at symphony?"
And I said, "Yes, we married last year. And
As I recall, over drinks, you introduced us."
Then I said, "Well, that's the one thing we got."

Then you said, "What about Vegas and poker games?"
And I said, "Yes, now, I often win big.
And I recall practice hands we played up in our room."
Then I said, "Well, I'm sad I forgot."

Then you said, "What about drinking 'til 2 or 3?"
And I said, "Sometimes I remember what happened.
I do recall the last time you posted my bail."
Then I said, "Well, we've sure done a lot."

Therapy

March 29, 2016 release; 3 min. 10 sec.

Could getting everything ready for your trade show exhibit drive you crazy? Of course! Here's what that might be like, and why you might need... Therapy.

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Therapy

 

Therapy Lyrics

Ooo, therapy,
Ooo, therapy.

Trade show time
Two months away.
We'll be at
Booth 12-oh-8.

We've no display.
We're on the brink.
Boss won't sign off.
I need a shrink.

Ooo, therapy,
Ooo, therapy.

Sales and product
Want a say.
Is it pens
We'll give away?

What's our plan?
Committee of nine.
It's my neck
That's on the line.

Ooo, I need therapy.
Ooo, yes, therapy.

Setup time.
I look around.
Our shipment.
Cannot be found.

It's time to shine.
Where is my crew?
Was last night
Too long for you?

Ooo therapy.
Ooo my therapy.
Ooo, therapy.
Ooo, sweet therapy.

Scan Your Badge

April 28, 2016 release; 3 min. 2 sec.

Is nothing sacred anymore? Certainly not a tradeshow attendee's privacy! Here's what you could do with the bar code on the badges hanging from their necks.

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Scan Your Badge

 

Scan Your Badge Lyrics

When you were at the show, you looked kind of green.
You approached my booth, things were not as they seemed.
As we spoke for a while, your savviness showed through.
You were a tough sell, as I found when I asked you...

If I could scan your badge,
Just a couple e-mails, not a great big batch.
You can unsubscribe, so there’s no strings attached,
If I only could … scan your badge.

With your info I... I can search online.
Where you went to school. Do you like beer or wine?
Find out how you buy. Will just one call do?
Hey, it's just my job. I won't come after you...

If I could scan your badge,
Just a couple e-mails, not a great big batch.
You can unsubscribe, so there’s no strings attached,
If I only could … scan your badge.

You hit unsubscribe after the second e-mail.
I figured you’d do that, I predicted you’d bail.
But you can’t be sad about sales you never closed.
I got another lead, here’s what I propose...

If I could scan your badge,
Just a couple e-mails, not a great big batch.
You can unsubscribe, so there’s no strings attached,
If I only could... scan your badge.
Brother, if I could... scan your badge.
Thanks for letting me... scan... your badge.

 

The Dish Trance

May 27, 2016 release; 3 min. 31 sec.

Ever been stuck at a table with people you barely know for a gala banquet and awards ceremony? With The Dish Trance, you, too, can survive hour after hour of mindless chit chat.

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The Dish Trance

 

"The Dish Trance" Lyrics

Reluctantly propped outside the banquet hall,
Attendees, bumping, and clumping to talk.
Cocktails pour, volume goes up.
Inside is dinner and a loving cup.

The gala banquet and awards celebration,
Caps the convention with self-acclamation.
For three days and nights, it's all the same faces.
Now it's four hours with no hiding places...

The table's so big we need an intercom system.
Rolls with butter? I can't resist 'em.
Oh no!! An iPhone. My neighbor has photos.
Vacations. And kids. And home...made... pillows.

I'll go in a dish trance. I stare at plates.
I'm all alone, (ALL ALONE!) all alone when I concentrate.
They jabber and yammer with empty chitchat.
I'm done nodding and smiling and chewing the fat.
I'll go in a dish trance.

What about jokes? My new "buddy" has 'em.
They're stupid, or dirty, and make me spasm.
Rabbis and priests in bars with booze.
Give him time. He'll o... fend... you.

She chews her food, mouth wide open.
It's chicken, and beans, and taters in motion.
She's munching and crunching and swishing and biting.
Sure it's gross, yet mes...mer... izing. So...

I'll go in a dish trance. I stare at plates.
I'm all alone, (ALL ALONE!) all alone when I concentrate.
They jabber and yammer with empty chitchat.
I'm done nodding and smiling and chewing the fat.
I'll go in a dish trance.

I hit the men's room for a moment alone,
but the guy in the stall is on his phone.
He's shucking and jiving to win a big deal.
I flush every toilet for his client to hear. ...

The wine's long gone. I know who drank it.
He's draped on that woman like a soggy blanket.
He's striving and driving to empty more glasses.
He's slurring and slumping and proving... he's... classless.

I'll go in a dish trance. I stare at plates.
I'm all alone, (ALL ALONE!) all alone when I concentrate.
They jabber and yammer with empty chitchat.
I'm done nodding and smiling and chewing the fat.
I'll go in a dish trance.

Time for the speaker to motivate.
Face fears! Dream big! Will I stay awake?
Then awards, and speeches, on and on.
Clapped so much, my hands... went... numb.

Four hours later, we're free to go.
My system, has worked, heart rate still low. After
After boring stories and mindless discussions,
I transcend it all with stress... re... duction, when...

I go in a dish trance. I stare at plates.
I'm all alone, (ALL ALONE!) all alone when I concentrate.
They can jabber and yammer with empty chit chat.
I'm done nodding and smiling and chewing the fat.
I go in a dish trance.

Backwall Boys - Get Tradeshow Fame (With Your Art)

June 30, 2016 release; 3 min. 55 sec.

Only Displayit could deliver a boy band that knows something about trade shows! They sing some of their best tips on how to set up your booth graphics to really grab attention and draw attendees into your booth.

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Get Tradeshow Fame (With Your Art)

 

"Get Tradeshow Fame (With Your Art)" Lyrics

When it's tradeshow time, you want
Traffic in your booth all day.
A backwall that's lame and plain
Makes folks turn and walk away.

Design that's bright and crisp, colorful,
Teases then and draws them in.
It's your chance to shine, be a star. Ready?
Get tradeshow fame with your art

With your art.
(Get tradeshow fame with your art.)
With your art.
(Make text real big from the start,)
With yourt art.
(So you don't bring an eye chart)

Let's give you a head start.
A head start.
(Before your boss blows a gut.)
A head start.
(Your competition outsmart.)
For your art.
(Get tradeshow fame with your art.)

Your graphic print will charm,
When our guidelines you follow.
100 dots per inch, spec Pantones,
And more to win Best of Show.

In large format design the rules change.
Your designer must know the game.
When you get it right jaws drop. Crazy!
Get tradeshow fame with your art.

With your art.
(Get tradeshow fame with your art.)
Your art.
(Before your show comes apart,)
(Quick lesson in graphic art)

You know your message by heart. By heart.
(Infographics are smart,)
By heart.
(Maybe work in a flow chart.)
Get tradeshow fame!

Advice, for free: The plan that you have is so strong,
Don't pull it down with a week banner,
Make a marquee. Outline all your fonts. Choose pictures to taunt.

Perhaps you're all jammed up, out of time.
iDeal Designs we made for you.
Decorate your booth display, today,
Get tradeshow fame with your art.

With your art.
(Get tradeshow fame with your art.)
Your art.
(Before your display departs,)

You need a work of art.
(iDeal Design in your cart.)
In your cart.
(People will think you're so smart,)
Your cart.
(It's still not too late to start.)
For your art.

(Get tradeshow fame with your art.)

Get tradeshow fame with your art.
Get tradeshow fame with your art.

Flying - By Turtle & the Sailfish

July 31, 2016 release; 4 min. 36 sec.

Is flying to trade shows and business conferences fun for you? We didn't think so. Here we sing about our (partial) list of how to be abused by air travel. It makes standing in a trade show booth all day seem just a little easier.

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Flying

 

"Flying" Lyrics

Flying, how you punish me.
My tickets cost hundreds of dollars,
But pleasant this won't be.

Flying, how you can wreck my day.
Will the checkpoint be clogged for hours?
My time you're, wasting.

Will the overhead space be all gone?
Must I gate check my carry on?
O. M. G.!
But the conference is three states away,
And I just can't keep from flying.

Flying I don't understand.
I thought I paid for a seat.
The aisle is extra in this scam.

Flying takes my breath away.
No legroom, no pillows, no peanuts.
How did we get this way?

Would you please put up your seat back?
'Cuz I think you cracked my laptop...
And my knee.
But the conference is three states away,
And I just can't keep from...

Flying is chasing. Flying is waiting.
You better get in line.
I don't care where you're going,
You'll go out of your mind,
Traveling by flying.

And if they lose my bag again,
Two hundred's all I'll get.

Flying is chasing. Flying is waiting.
You better get in line.
I don't care where you're going,
You'll go out of your mind,
Traveling by flying.

Flying, booked on the last flight out.
Now the coast is hit with weather.
The board's all canceled flights, canceled flights.

Flying, you were so easy once.
Those days are... so long gone.
Pain starts the second you check in, you check in.

Are we oversold again?
Oh, no! I dropped my pen...
'Tween the seats.
But the conference is three states away,
And I just can't keep from...

Flying is chasing. Flying is waiting.
Three shades of asinine.
They don't care what your name is.
Always another deadline.

Walking, and waiting.
There's always one more line.
I don't care where you're going,
No! Go, go go!
Can't stand to pack again. Does anyone care?
It's just wasted, wasted, wasted time.
Awww!

Flying, how you punish me.

I Sleep Around

August 31, 2016 release; 3 min. 43 sec.

Yes, there IS an upside to going on all those business trips to trade shows and conventions. We thought it time that we talk about it in the open. "I Sleep Around" explains it in a way every spouse should understand and, hopefully, embrace.

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Flying

 

"I Sleep Around" Lyrics

Another business trip, these meetings pull me from my home.
My wife has no idea what goes on.
Check into my room. Each has long since looked the same.
It's what happens later, so exciting, I'm so glad I came, 'cuz...

I get hotel points, when I sleep around.
Marriott Rewards from near and far.
Points from Leaders Club let me sleep around.
Or Hilton Honors, I don't care.

Miss my wife a lot. The nights get lonely, so alone.
But a trip together's coming soon.
With our hotel points to blow, we'll live large, having fun.
Maybe France or Spain? It's all just carefree time 'neath moon and sun.

I've got hotel points, 'cuz I've slept around.
Marriott Rewards from near and far.
Points from Leaders Club let me sleep around.
Or Hilton Honors, I don't care.

I've got points from Omni Select Guest,
IHG and Starwood Preferred.
Wyndham, Best Western, even Stash Hotel Rewards.
Hyatt Gold Passport. Will AirBNB soon join the herd?

I've got hotel points, 'cuz I've slept around.
Marriott Rewards from near and far.
Points from Leaders Club let me sleep around.
Or Hilton Honors, I don't care.

I've got hotel points, 'cuz I've slept around.
iPrefer and La Quinta Returns.
Yes, my wife is glad, that I sleep around.
She packs my bag and calls Uber.
My stuff is waiting at the curb.
I sleep around 'cuz I love her.

Bring Me One Reason

September 30, 2016 release; 3 min. 43 sec.

Will your tradeshow booth be irresistible? How many reasons will YOU give attendees to visit and stay in your booth? After you listen to Bring Me One Reason, you'll have 25!

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Bring Me One Reason

 

"Bring Me One Reason" Lyrics

Bring me one reason to stay here,
In this booth you brought to town.
Just rather breeze in, then move on.
This trade show's a hunting ground.
If you want to get my attention,
You better have my needs in mind.

Maybe your product's better,
But I said I've not much time.
Could I have an appointment?
I don't want to wait in line.
Where's your demo system? Talk is cheap.
... You got to show me.

Bring me one reason to stay here.
Will I find something profound?
When you're unfocused and boring,
Skipping you speeds up my rounds.
You could "wow" me with new products.
Samples put me on Cloud Nine.

Your purple pants are catchy.
Now I'm going to look your way.
Are those prizes for that free game?
I would like to stop and play.
I smell popcorn! That chair looks soft.
I just might stop, sit, and stay.

I don't want you to annoy me,
And take up my precious time.
I expect to talk to experts,
Who can help improve my life.
If you've got a charging station,
You can pitch me on your line.

Bring me one reason to stay here,
In this booth you'll soon tear down.
Stop looking over my shoulder:
There's no better lead around.
Your email brought me in here,
Once I figured out your sign.

I heard you'll have a speaker,
Here at three to sign her book.
Just arrange for me to meet her,
And you'll have me on the hook.
The reviews I read were awesome.
I'll come back with my checkbook.

In Your City

October 31, 2016 release; 2 min. 37 sec.

What's more fun than seeing the sights when you don't have to be at the convention center? Here are some ideas of what to visit when you're in any of the top 10 U.S. convention cities.

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In Your City

 

"In Your City" Lyrics

Travel to the east and I travel to the west.
In some special way, every city is the best.
Events require me to travel every week.
The towns I visit give me the adventures that I seek.

I'm so thrilled to be in your city.
On Bourbon Street or Epcot and Disney.
Stone Mountain Park, The Mob Museum.
I work really hard to make time to see 'em.

Chicago's Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium.
Check out Willis Tower, Adler Planetarium.
Brooklyn's got a bridge real close to Battery Park.
Rockefeller Center and Times Square rock after dark.

I'm so thrilled to be in your city.
At Lone Star Park or The Grand Ole Opry.
It's Coney Island, or Philips Arena.
I work really hard to make time to see 'em.

Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial.
Monuments galore make our capitol so cool.
Reunion Tower views cover Dallas really well.
Klyde Warren Park, The Magnolia Hotel.


In Nashville I toured the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Checked out Fort Negley and bluegrass at Station Inn.
The San Diego Zoo gave me a chance to join safari.
Balboa Park is tame, but the Giant Dipper scary.

I'm so thrilled to be in your city.
Tours aboard the USS Midway.
CNN Center, Liberace Mansion.
I work really hard to make time to see 'em.

I'm so glad I came to your city.
Day games at Wrigley or nights on Broadway.
The National Mall, or Jackson Square.
Your town is great, and I'm glad I've stayed there.

Doctorcall

November 30, 2016 release; 4 min. 1 sec.

Oh no! You're on the road, and that old, familiar feeling hits you. You know you're going to be losing fluids soon. What to do?? Good news, there's hope, and your feel-good prescription comes with our November song.

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Doctorcall

 

"Doctorcall" Lyrics

Today I'm gonna fly away
And attend another big convention.
Trade show is where I gotta go
To brag about our great invention.
Got a sore throat, but I can't let a little thing like that
Stop me now.

Bags checked, I'm headed to the gate
When I take a turn into the bathroom.
Wash hands, the mirror shows my glands
Are swollen like a pair of sponges.
I don't believe that I remember seeing that faint red rash,
Near my brow.

So it seems my health might be declining.
Wish I could be in a bed reclining.
There are medicines that I would like to take right now,
But they're all at home.

But, maybe, my doctor back at home can save me.
But they won't pick up, for my doctor call.


Hotel. No time for clientele.
Green apple two-step to the loo.
Not easy, when you're feeling queasy,
Then throw up a time or two.
Room service menu doesn't have,
Fruit... of the Loom. Mine won't do.

I'm far from home, stuck in a room, left helpless.
With fever, aches and chills that leave me breathless.
There are medicines that I would like to take right now,
But they're all at home.

But, maybe, my doctor back at home can save me.
One doctor call, he'll write scripts for all.

Yes, maybe, the Walgreens Pharmacy can bring me,
Drugs like Cordisol. When my doctor calls.

Yes, maybe (yes, maybe), I'll be up on my feet by Sunday.
My doctor says I better obey,
To make it to another birthday.

Our December finale: We'll help you see the irony in our crazy events and conventions industry.

 

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