Web Video: Auto-Tune the News
"Auto-tune the news! Auto-Tune the News
Auto-tune the news!
Everything sounds better
is a web series by the Gregory Brothers (and Evan's wife Sarah), under the YouTube
username "schmoyoho" (accent on the yo)
, that consists of taking news clips and applying the Auto-Tune filter to them.
Combined with backing vocals, clever editing, masterful tunes and witty lyrics, the result is often Crowning Music of Awesome
. In recent days, shorter songs made using a single source
have also become wildly popular
; this "Songify THIS!" series seems to have taken over the original "Auto-Tune the News", which seems to have been renamed "Songify the News" for more recent entries.
Provides examples of
- Adorkable: All of the Gregories, but especially Evan and Michael.
- Analogy Backfire: "Our metaphorical car got no breaks and no gear-shift, we'll go metaphorically far while we're standing in the ditch!"
- Auto-Tune: Obviously.
- Ambiguously Gay: Elena Kagan, possibly.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Michael gave birth to three who are totally capable of singing, playing instruments, and growing beards at such a young age.
- Badass Beard
- Beat: "This is an awkward silence, I guess I'll fill it with ad-libs."
- Band of Relatives: The group consists of Michael, Andrew and Evan Gregory, and Evan's wife Sarah.
- Brand Name Takeover: In a way, with their own videos. A lot of recent Songify This videos are considered to be Auto-Tune the News videos.
- Black Best Friend: Dwight Howard, beats from the Regulates(?).
- B-Side: Obama Sings Kick Ass Song, Bed Intruder Song, Banker's Song - We Didn't See It Coming, Backin' Up Song, as well as many others.
- "Banker's Song - We Didn't See It Coming" was originally done for an NPR podcast, of all things. It doesn't help that the backing track is the same one used in #13, which in turn uses the same backing track from Weezer's memories.
- Call Back: The line, "Very Thin Ice," started in #2 and came back in #3 and #8.
- The Cameo: T-Pain in #8, Joel Madden in #11, Weezer in #13, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Get your money, Turn Gay", and Nice Peter in "Muffins In Congress".
- Cargo Ship: Andrew Rose and his shoe, In-Universe.
- City of Adventure: Three of the "B-side" vids are from Huntsville, Alabama (bed intruder, strut that ass and Use Both Sides).
- Much to the amusement and astonishment of anyone who has actually been there.
- Completely Missing the Point: The Afghani-Pakistani-US "friendship" mostly consists of Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari hitting on each other as Hillary Clinton tries to negotiate peace.
- Couch Gag: Auto-tune the news! Auto-tune the news! (Tragedy/C-Span2/Sarah Palin/Everything) sounds better auto-tuned!
- Credits Gag: The guy at the end of each video always has something minor happen to him, from already saying something he said earlier, to telling the chorus in the background to stop singing.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "The only woman who ain't a man"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Your team responded late here, coach, how did you do it?"
- Drugs Are Bad: Junkie Einstein refutes this worldview, and uses his senatorial position to argue for exactly the opposite.
- Engineered Public Confession
- Often without the engineering part. A running gag is "Do you want to buy drugs from me?"
- "Now they're saying I groped a male staffer! / Yeah, I did! (Um) Yeah, yeah, yeah"
- "A manly back rub. (JUST A BACK RUB!)"
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Frank McGee, Angry Gorilla.
- Erudite Stoner: Junkie Einstein might be a parody of this type, as the only thing he's knowledgeable about is how to get high (or how not to get high). He holds a degree in biology (that he got because he was caught smoking lettuce), but can't tell the difference between a tiger and a giraffe.
- Exhort The Disc Jockey Song: Subverted in "DJ Play My Song (No Leave Me Alone)," where the DJ keeps trying to explain that he doesn't take requests and that he can't turn up the music any louder without violating noise ordinances.
Five Four Man Band:
- Face Palm: Anderson Cooper's interview with one of Pastor Worley's supporters in Muffins in Congress is enough to elicit one of these from the group.
Apply your palm to your face and you will feel better, much better.
- Funny Background Event: In one of the short videos, entitled "Sarah Sings with Babies", half of the fun of the video is watching the background to see if Michael can catch the frisbee as he jumps off the dock into the lake.
- Government Agency of Fiction
- Horny Viking: Bølverk.
- Kent Brockman News
- Kitschy Local Commercial: "Chuck Testa", "Taxi Dave".
- Insane Troll Logic: Nigel Farage's outburst, accompanied by Frank McGee, Angry Gorilla.
Angry Gorilla: Our logic and reason have proved you wrong!
Bølverk: Go back to Douchebagistan, where you belong.
Angry Gorilla: Don't make me have to start World War III.
Bølverk: Bring it on; THESE GUNS ARE WMD!
- In the Style of...: Keith Olbermann provides the "Most Kanye-Esque Verse" in #9.
- Intercourse with You: #11 ends with a guide to being sexually harassed by your boss.
- It Makes Sense in Context: Anthony Weiner's "THE GENTLEMAN WILL SIT" outburst.
- It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context:
- Large Ham: Evan. Especially as Bølverk.
- Michael too, as Junkie Einstein.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Always Summertime", a song with a very cheery melody, but which is about about how depressed the singer is about how her relationship with her significant other went sour and she finds herself living in the past. Lampshaded in the video description where the song is described as "Cheerful-sounding".
- Manipulative Editing: Both played straight and lampshaded with the Eric Massa interview, where they make it look like he admitted to groping a male staffer (and then right after start repeating that "You can take anything out of context.")
- Megane: Michael.
- Melismatic Vocals
- Memetic Mutation: The "Bed Intruder" song has been covered in the genres of Metal (both Shred/Speed and Death varieties are represented), Acoustic, Marching Band, and Chiptunes, among others. Doesn't hurt that the original video for it featured a piano cover.
- There are dozens of videos setting "Winning" to just about every form of media on the planet.
- "I got this cause I'm Bad Ass!"
- Invoked with Junkie Einstein's presidential debate song. Go ahead, just guess what he said.
- Mundane Made Awesome: In Auto-Tune Verse, all addresses made to Congress must be submitted in the form of a song, all debate must follow a similar structure to a rap battle, the congressional choir must be present at all times, and the congressional drummer sets the agenda for every session.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "iTunes link below. Earnings go to [insert unintentional singer here] and the Gregorys. And Apple."
- Nepotism: Strictly disallowed in New Orleans. Except for family members. And sexy turtles. OW.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
- The "smoking lettuce" interlude is so bizarre that a news report about it is added in to show that it really happened.
- Regarding presidential candidate Vermin Supreme's questionable actions:
YES: This actually happened. I know what you're thinking, but seriously, this is real.
- Not So Different: After 10 episodes of absurd American politics, #11 showed that The European Union has its own brand of crazy as well.
US POLITICS SEEM LESS LOONY
American Centrists rejoice
- One-Woman Wail: Combined with Scatting to fill an awkward silence.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Joe the Plumber gets around.
- Precision F-Strike: Occasional.
- Pun: "Impeached, then banned from chipotle."
- Quote Mine: "You can take anything out of context."
- Running Gag
- Shaped Like Itself: "The most important part of Auto-Tune the News is auto-tuning the news."
- The Smurfette Principle: A serious concern about the Supreme Court of the United States. Only two ovaries, sixteen testicles!
- The Stoner: Professor Junkie Einstein (R-South Dakota)
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The bread and butter of Auto-Tune the News.
- Super Speed: Slim Chin, possibly.
- Take a Third Option: Rent: Too Damn High
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
"The noise level is already at the legal limit; now sit down and let me do my job for a minute bitch!"
- This Song Goes Out to All the Serbians: Also the ladies, but mostly the Serbians.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Junkie Einstein warns against this, since pot was less potent in the 1960s than it is now.
- Twofer Token Minority: Antoine Dodson is an Angry Black Man and Camp Gay.
- Verbal Tic: You'll be on very thin ice, Shawty~!
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Lead poisoning! Ew!
- Wealthy Ever After: Mitt Romney's attitude towards losing the election against Barack Obama. (Technically, he's still rich, but you get the idea; who'd want to take such a massive pay cut to become the President, anyway?)
- We Gon' Find You: You don't have to come, and confess. We're looking for you.
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