Barcodes have been around for more than 60 years, and have had widespread use for almost 40. But despite their longstanding history, some people think barcodes have become rather stale, reserved for nerds sitting behind their computers holding calculators. Sure, maybe barcodes have been reinvigorated with the spreading popularity of QR Codes and the proliferation of smart phones, but they still hold a “wimpy” or “soft” connotation.
In order to debunk this myth, and for your enjoyment, we’ve released a barcode rap video – Slappalabelonnit! – showing just how rough and tumble barcodes are. It has since been featured on the Barcode News, and is making people think twice before calling a Barcode Guru a wimp! Enjoy…
Barcode Rap Transcript:
Are your assets gettin’ lost?
Before your tubes go into frost
To improve efficiency
No matter what your industry!
You manufacture PCBs?
You wanna start trackin’ your skis
You puttin’ inserts into shoes?
There is just no excuse!
Yo – I’m a barcodin’ freak
Labelin’ stuff like every day of the week
Tongue in cheek
With the words that I speak
If labels were a mountain then I’d be at the peak!
When it comes to scannin’ baby I can hold my own
Whether from a barcode reader or my mobile phone
The black and white lines ‘tween the quiet zones
I sit ‘n scan ’em easy from my barcode throne
As for symbologies, I think they’re all great
So go ahead and pick one, don’t dawdle, don’t wait
Whether Code 39 or 128
I’m here to spread the barcode love and stop the barcode hate!
Wanna be my barcode babe you better get in line
Get a clue, or step to the side
The only kinds of chicks I dig are very fine
Got a fragment of a skull?
When a diaper’s gettin’ full
You wanna know just what you got?
You growin’ flowers in a pot
You said your boyfriend talks too much?
If something is too hot to touch
You got hair on your upper lip?
If you don’t want someone to trip
When you’re in the barcode biz you gotta be the best
So stick with me like a label and forget the rest
If you decide to join my barcode conquest
Then you’ve got a one-way ticket express to success
As for the other guys, man, just hit snooze
They’ve got no chance, they’re surely gonna lose
They’ll send you icky-sticky labels and whatever you choose
They’ll come with halo, liner-strike, and adhesive ooze!
So I throw my gang sign proud it goes E-I-M
Along with Stacey, and Tracy, and Juan, and Jillian
Cheryl, Nick, Zach, Leif, Linda, and Larry
Tom, Sadie, Steve, Alex, George, and Mary
Jason, Dee Dee, Ed, Travis, Sarah, and Hester
Stephanie, Veronica, Nancy, Marty, and Heather
But wait just a second, that’s right I’m not through
Don’t forget our co-op student, my homeboy Drue!
(Go Drubie! Go Drubie!)
You got a big rat’s nest of hoses?
Or you’re collectin’ cockroaches
You facin’ GHS compliance?
You got a favorite home appliance
Drop your kid off at daycare
You got some fancy underwear
Said you don’t want your friend to see?
Everything from A to Z!