Sunday, June 21, 2009
Unless you’ve been living under an Internet rock (iRock?), you’ve probably run across Auto-Tune the News somewhere, either on a blog or maybe through mainstream news shows, like Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. However, if you haven’t, the premise is simple: The take real TV news and set it to music, using an Auto-Tune to both transform spoken word into song, and to distort that “singing”.
The first hit song I’m aware of to use Auto-Tune was Cher’s “Believe”, but since then it’s been used by a lot of artists. Used without the distortion, it can also help make bad singers sound better. But using it in comedy was an obvious advancement.
This particular video is “Auto-Tune the News #5: lettuce regulation. American blessings.” Personally, I think it’s the best yet, but maybe it’s seeing Joe Biden “singing” and certain lines, like “Exceptional fast food and exceptional dance moves.” And people smoking lettuce.
Now, well you might wonder how on earth these folks come up with these videos. “It’s the smo-o-o-o-oke…” (you saw that one coming, didn’t you?)
Anyway, this video makes me laugh every time I watch it, so it’s the Weekend Diversion for this week.
Tip o’ the hat to Tim Corrimal who Tweeted about this video yesterday.