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April 11, 2010
Evan and Michael Gregory
The Gregory Brothers "Auto-Tune the News"
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Info: Our guests are Evan and Michael Gregory, two of the four people who make up the group "The Gregory Brothers." They create music videos using politicians, newscasters and other people in the news. Then, using a pitch correction technique commonly called Auto-Tune, they write original music to make it appear as if their subjects are singing. They also edit themselves into the music videos. The program features a number of their videos which are all available on youtube.com. At the end of the program, they are joined by the two other members of the group, Andrew Gregory, and Sarah Gregory, who is married to Evan. When not making "Auto-Tune the News," The Gregory Brothers are a professional band singing folk, soul, and pop music.


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BRIAN LAMB, FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF C-SPAN: Evan and Michael Gregory, if you tried to explain if somebody who has never seen what you do Auto-Tune the News, what would you say?

EVAN GREGORY: We take video from all kinds of sources, primarily the Internet of news and political happenings of the day, and then we set it in a new form as it should be in a music video.

We write our original music and we use music technology especially pitch correction commonly known as Auto-Tune to make the folks in the news, politicians, newscasters, reporters, what have you to make them sound like they are singing.

So these are the technologies widely available today in the recording industry, the music industry to help singers sound a little bit better or to hit pitches a little bit cleaner.

LAMB: Michael Gregory, why -- why do you call it Auto-Tune the News?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Because we are using a technology that’s commonly called Auto-Tune usually either fix singers that are off or as an effect as popular musicians, Cher, T-Pain and Kanye West have used in their music, and we use that on Joe Biden, Katie Couric, Steve Buyer, who ever maybe on the -- who are Congress to make them sound better.

LAMB: So we are going to show a video right now, but either one of you explain this Lettuce thing.

EVAN GREGORY: This particularly example which became a popular chorus of ours called Smoking Lettuce was delivered on the House floor by Steve Buyer from Indiana in protest against some federal legislation about how we are going to regulate the sales of tobacco.

And Buyer complained why should we regulate specifically tobacco when really anything you smoked would be bad for you. It’s not so much the nicotine that’s in tobacco was his claim, it’s just the smoke. So you might as well lettuce that would be bad for you too. We thought this was just a remarkable piece of rhetoric and sure enough it turned into a wonderful music video.

LAMB: This is three minutes; we will come back and get you to explain more.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: So where did you do it?

EVAN GREGORY: Where did we do it?

LAMB: Yes, where do you physically do these?

EVAN GREGORY: We do them underneath Michael’s bed in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York.

LAMB: You’re all how many in the group.

MICHAEL GREGORY: There are four of us. Evan and I, our other brother Andrew, and Evan’s wife Sarah.

LAMB: Andrew and Sarah are in the room, but we don’t have room out here in the set for them, so we will just have to make believe that they are on camera. Talk about the you know for instance you find yourselves sitting in the United States Senate in a seat, how do you do that?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Well, the best purchase I ever made was a green sheet for $5 at a fabric store. And what you do is you put the green sheet behind you and then simple video software that’s out there, now there are software out there for free that does this will erase all the green. This is what they do in any movie now.

And let’s say Star Wars, they are not actually on some crazy desert planet Tatooine. They just do everything in front of the green screen or blue screen and then erase that color, so that they can put them on whatever background they want to. So for us that’s the floor of the Congress.

LAMB: And where did you get this idea?

EVAN GREGORY: We -- it was really a gradual evolution in the sense that we started out just making music videos, all four of us are musicians, that’s our background. And I think it was maybe a year-and-a-half ago Michael was making a music video about the 2008 Presidential Election and it was around the time of the debates.

And we kind of step-by-step came up with these other ideas incrementally that, well, maybe in addition to a music video, we could actually make it sound like the politicians that are in the video could be participating, they could be singing a duet with us if we use this technology to turn their spoken word into what sounds like singing.

And then after that worked, we kind of had the idea, well, we would like to do this again because we thought it was fun and we really just wanted to do something that we think is catchy and interesting. So we turned it episodic by just looking at current events.

LAMB: Michael, when did you have this interview with the Obama Girl and who is she?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Obama Girl rose to prominence during the 2008 Campaign. I think it was early on, 2007; she put this video out called ”I’ve Got a Crush On Obama.” It got millions of hits. Ever since she has been an Internet star and we had an interview with her -- was it last summer? LAMB: Let’s watch. It’s only 50 seconds, let’s watch it.

MICHAEL GREGORY: OK.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: So how much of this -- well it’s a silly question -- is based on humor? I mean you guys are very serious right now, but I assume you are not serious very often?

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, well, we are quite serious all the time. We mean serious business. The description of the lever it did involve a bit of hyperbole. It actually in truth does take a little bit of work and a little bit of manual intervention on the computer to make folk sound like you are singing. I think that’s fair.

LAMB: How much -- how much does politics drive this? Is that anything to do with what you are doing here?

EVAN GREGORY: The reason we chose politics is because when we watch current events, we can keep updating the series episodically more easily than any other subject and there is also an interest there. And it also just it seemed to be the area of interest that was most in need of a back beat. When we watched the news and political coverage, there seemed to be some lack of music underneath what people were saying and we thought that was a void that we could fill.

LAMB: How old are you two guys?

EVAN GREGORY: I will be 13 next week. And

LAMB: Michael.

MICHAEL GREGORY: I am already 16, big brother.

LAMB: Who is the eldest?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I would rather that we are

LAMB: Are you the oldest?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Evan’s actually the oldest.

LAMB: And what year did you -- what school?

EVAN GREGORY: I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2001.

LAMB: Michael?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Appalachian State in ’07.

LAMB: So Evan, the turtle fence.

EVAN GREGORY: The turtle fence is our most recently published episode of Auto-Tune the News. Auto-Tune the News number 10. That particular chorus we actually held on to a while, so it’s several weeks old.

But Pete Hoekstra from Michigan was exclaiming against the healthcare debate that was going on at that time in kind of a big government versus small government kind of Republican argument in the sense that if the government gets involved in healthcare, they are going to mess it up was his essential message.

But he came about it in kind of a curveball kind of way where he used an example from his home state where the government had required the construction of a turtle fence around the highways -- is this right -- to prevent turtles from getting hit by cars. It didn’t work out so well, there still seems to be turtles on the highway and this was his way of making an analogy towards the healthcare bill.

LAMB: It’s got Nancy Pelosi, Pete Hoekstra. Also in this one, you have Senator Grassley, Scott Brown, Joe Biden, here we go.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: How long does it take to do something like that from start to finish?

MICHAEL GREGORY: It all depends on the source of material. If you have these natural singers that you are tuning like Joe Biden for example, Steve Buyer, we saw that one, they are naturals. It can really all fall together instantly. But if you have to tweak more, if you have Bobby Jindal and he is -- he doesn’t have as much practice as a singer, you have to meet him halfway, it takes more work.

LAMB: So how much time Evan?

EVAN GREGORY: Well, we rarely put ourselves on a strict deadline, because we like to just kind of watch the news, roll in and then decide on a piece we like, something that we think is going to sing well. But then we might spend a couple of days writing the music, doing the so-called tuning, then we might you know take a day or two to kind of film ourselves and we put it all together.

LAMB: Once you completed it, what do you do with it?

EVAN GREGORY: We post it on YouTube. The -- where all the high art is these days. And you know Cats with hairballs, people crashing into things on skateboards and Auto-Tune the News.

LAMB: By the way, I hear a southern accent from you but not your brother. What’s going on here?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I was in the south for longer I suppose.

LAMB: You were born where?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Radford, Virginia.

LAMB: Both of you.

EVAN GREGORY: That’s our hometown. I was born in Nashville. But it could be practice. I have lived with the Yankees for longer.

LAMB: What was the family like? In other words, where did you get the musicians in you?

EVAN GREGORY: Both of our parents are musicians, but amateurs. Their career is in education. They are both teachers, but music was always around in the house I think it’s fair to say. And so Michael is an accomplished pianist and plays the drums and has a degree in recording. I play the piano and the drums as well. Andrew and Sarah both play the guitar and the bass of music is around a lot. We toured as a band for years before we got into the online video stuff.

LAMB: For years.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, years. Decades even.

LAMB: Did you -- how far did you go across the United States?

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, several miles.

MICHAEL GREGORY: We made it to South Dakota, so we could only see half of the states.

LAMB: By the way, speaking of that Junkie Einstein

EVAN GREGORY: From South Dakota.

LAMB: Republican from South Dakota.

EVAN GREGORY: That’s where we met him.

LAMB: Senator.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes.

LAMB: Who invented that name?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I think I did. It’s all a hays these days, but he appeared, he reminded us of Albert Einstein. But instead of using his genius for good, he used it to pleasure himself with illegal drugs and so we called him a Junkie Einstein.

EVAN GREGORY: He first appeared in Auto-Tune the News number 2 as a character and we just referred to him affectionately as Junkie Einstein. And then when he began to recur in other episodes, he needed a placard and that’s what happened.

LAMB: The next one is President Obama bowing, which on was that, you remember?

EVAN GREGORY: That sounds like Auto-Tune the News number 1.

MICHAEL GREGORY:: It may be the flashback. We did a flashback episode, bowing to the Saudi 1.5.

LAMB: And its Katie Couric segments, she is in this. By the way I know you and you don’t have to worry about with us, because we are in the public domain when it comes to the floor action, but what do you do with CBS, you have to add rights problems with this?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Yes, they have sued us about 10 times. We always put them into the shredder.

LAMB: Do you get any reaction from the organizations like CBS?

EVAN GREGORY: Occasionally we get calls from them complaining that one reporter got the good melody; the other reporter didn’t get something quite so catchy. So there is a little bit of kind of intra-desk competition that’s going on. So sometimes they have been calling us more recently to say scoop the other reporters like I had a really great piece, why you don’t you use this.

LAMB: Aren’t you glad those desks don’t have lawyers.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes.

LAMB: Here is a two-minute clip.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: What was your message there near the end?

EVAN GREGORY: We saw a character that they are being interviewed alongside Bill O’Reilly and sort of point counterpoint we called the angry gorilla and he has been kind of a recurring character throughout the entire run off of Auto-Tune the News. And he shows up as a correspondent on different news programs whose primary -- and his primary motivation is rage and anger. And so he will show up in episodes of Auto-Tune the News where there seemed to be have an overarching theme of anger, often misplaced or unmotivated, and he shows up to kind of get fluffy about things and add to this chord.

LAMB: Michael, I have a sneaking suspicion that you were under that angry gorilla.

MICHAEL GREGORY: With the glasses.

LAMB: With the costume on. Was that you?

MICHAEL GREGORY: It was me. It was hot in there.

LAMB: And how long have you been using the angry gorilla.

EVAN GREGORY: Ever since the second episode. We were actually -- our grandfather bequeathed gorilla suit to us a few years ago. And so we had it sitting in the closet, and so it was just right for the picking. We had to use it, how can we not use -- how can we let the suit just waste away.

LAMB: Why did your grandfather wanted to you to have it? And why was he in it for?

EVAN GREGORY: Primarily to scare small children, but he was 87 or 88, and his gorilla costumes days were mostly behind him. And he saw that his grandsons were likely to be using it more frequently. So this was a several years ago.

And he did kind of -- it was a little ceremonial where he took it out and wore it one last time to hobble out and check the mail. And then he came back in and took it off and gave it to me. And you just don’t let something like that go to waste.

LAMB: It’s a very touching story. Next up, texting while driving.

EVAN GREGORY: All right.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: Couple of quick questions; when we see the three of you there with Katie Couric, you do that at the same time? In other words, you record it at the same time or each of those panels done separately?

MICHAEL GREGORY: The space underneath the bed isn’t big enough to fit all of us. And so we do it separately.

LAMB: That must take a lot more time then if you have to do it separately.

MICHAEL GREGORY: It takes three times as much time. LAMB: That’s extremely good math. So did you know -- I sure you did, I noticed that you at one time had two Capitols in the background on that ABC set, then all of a sudden there were three back there. What was the point? What were you trying to ?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I think they built the third one during that verse.

EVAN GREGORY: As it was taking us so long to tape.

MICHAEL GREGORY: It’s always a struggle for us to fill in the background, a new background that wasn’t there. And I think at that time, it seemed like the easiest way to do it was to add two Capitols.

LAMB: So technically what did you use to do this?

MICHAEL GREGORY: We used a software called Final Cut. We have an Express version, that’s more consumer, that’s cheaper than the Pro version.

LAMB: Why do you do that? Why don’t you have the Pro version?

MICHAEL GREGORY: We don’t have that kind of budget yet. Even though we have enough of a budget for the $5 green sheet, we haven’t gone up to the level of Pro.

LAMB: If somebody, Evan, wants to watch these all of them together, where do they find them?

EVAN GREGORY: The best place to go is YouTube.com and you can search for Auto-Tune the News.

LAMB: Any money come from this directly?

EVAN GREGORY: A little bit. We will be lying if we were saying that we were getting rich. But we can make a little bit of money off the just the number of people that are watching. There is a tiny amount of ad revenue that comes in. Plus it’s actually getting us fans overtime who after watching the videos have been driven to our original music. So people have been coming to see our shows and buying our CDs.

LAMB: The next one has United Nations in it and healthcare. And also you have got Gordon Brown, Chavez, Alan Grayson, Keith Olbermann, Bob Schieffer.

EVAN GREGORY: This is Auto-Tune the News number 9 and although there is a lot of healthcare material in there, this was really prompted by the UN gathering back in September in which Hugo Chavez actually did -- we did not fake this part. He actually did play the air guitar in his speech. And it was just too -- it was just too right. So it’s turned into a really wonderful melody. We have been eager to go international for a while. This is the perfect time.

LAMB: Well, let’s watch it then.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: Where do you start it? You know I forgot to ask you on the last one, where is the African American fellow from? How did he find? Is he a drummer?

MICHAEL GREGORY: He is a good friend of ours. Evan has played a lots of shows with him.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, we work in a number of different bands and the rest of our lives we are not making videos. So Aaron is a great drummer that played within a couple of events. And in that particular episode that we saw earlier Auto-Tune the News number 7, there was an important debate about racial politics going on. And so we brought him in to add a little contrast.

LAMB: So what about the family life upbringing politics? Where did politics start, because you didn’t just start this one when you got to Brooklyn?

MICHAEL GREGORY: The reason we really started politics is because I brought the green sheet and the -- the 2008 debates were just going on and on and raging and they were about to have the first debate between Obama and McCain. And I thought it would be funny if I just green screen myself in, in that particular video pretended to be President Obama, because there is a resemblance and people might mistake me for him on the street anyway. And -- and so I wrote a whole song about him. And after that, we thought to take it to the next level. I have to be singing to the candidates and that’s when we started the Auto-Tune.

LAMB: So in your -- when you are playing straight music, where do you play all the time?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I play drums in the band.

LAMB: And what about Evan?

EVAN GREGORY: I play the keyboards.

LAMB: And Sarah?

EVAN GREGORY: She and Andrew trade-off between the guitar and the bass.

LAMB: Now are you more often playing together as a group or do you play in individual I mean separate bands when you are making real money?

EVAN GREGORY: All the above. Our primary band is a quartet as The Gregory Brothers is what we call ourselves. But all of us have other solo projects. Andrew has a wonderful solo career as a folk songwriter. Sarah has a great soul band that backs her up on her solo projects. Michael has headed other rock bands before in the past, so all that’s out there.

LAMB: When you look around at your life at this stage -- and by the way what’s the age separation of the three Gregory brothers?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Three years between each of us.

LAMB: And who is the oldest? Evan is the oldest, are you second?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I am third.

LAMB: So you put Andrew in the middle.

EVAN GREGORY: We did sandwich him in there.

LAMB: That’s good. What’s your goal at this stage in your career?

EVAN GREGORY: Our goal is -- when I think what motivates us day to day is let’s do something that doesn’t completely embarrass us.

MICHAEL GREGORY: We have failed terribly.

EVAN GREGORY: So we are still working on that, but it is something that we have in mind. Now in terms of long-term goals, I don’t know if that we have any except just to do something that we think is catchy and funny.

LAMB: The next one Michele Bachmann, Speaker Pelosi, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Climate Change Bill, would you like to explain it before we get into it?

EVAN GREGORY: So there was -- there was this contentious debate about the Climate Change Bill, Cap-and-Trade, and Michele Bachmann kind of lays about it at the beginning we have a choice between liberty and tyranny. And then you have Pelosi and Boehner -- Boehner of course agrees that we have freedom and non-freedom.

This is the kind of the thing where you know if I go to the store, it’s a -- there is a little bit of annoyance of how to choose between Prego, Ragu, Classico or Newman’s own sauce. I would rather not be bothered and have to choose between good sauce and an evil sauce.

LAMB: Let’s stop there and let’s find out what you are talking about here.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: You know there is a lot on that screen. If you are not careful, you will miss it, right? For instance you have put on the screen, I have seen it a couple of times, paging Dr. Paul, what’s the point?

MICHAEL GREGORY: There is actually zero point there. The reason that’s there is because to save time as we’re in a rush to put this out. We used the same background as the previous episode that Dr. Paul start in.

MICHAEL GREGORY: Our most devoted of fans will catch us when we kind of reuse little bits and piece over and over. But that particular banner comes from the segment in Auto-Tune the News number 3 where were did have Ron Paul up here.

LAMB: What do you think of politicians?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I love them. I just think they are great.

LAMB: And why?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Mostly hugability think is why I like them so much.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, they always want to shake our hand. If you have a baby, they will hold them for you.

LAMB: Who is your favorite of all time?

EVAN GREGORY: After this video that we just watched came out, Auto-Tune the News number 6, I became quite endured to John Boehner who delivered one of the most memorable choruses in politics from any era.

LAMB: And the chorus is basically what?

EVAN GREGORY: Hell no, hell no, hell no.

LAMB: And Michael, do you have a favorite?

EVAN GREGORY: I think the three that we just saw, Pelosi, Boehner, and Bachmann, but not to discount Joe Biden. We would be remiss if we didn’t describe him as one of our favorites.

MICHAEL GREGORY: Yes, those four have such stand out voices that you can go on with them and to hold your babies too.

LAMB: Now, this next one is from a serious speech years ago, John F. Kennedy, the Ask Not speech, the Inaugural speech, who got that idea?

EVAN GREGORY: The first historical speech we did MLK Jr., and after that we found that the great speakers are also great singers. And so we kept going and JFK was an obvious choice for his inaugural address.

LAMB: Well, why don’t we do then the Martin Luther King, that was the first one. Do you remember what -- when did you do that?

EVAN GREGORY: I did that on MLK Day 2009.

LAMB: Why don’t we run with that and then we will do the JFK speech.

EVAN GREGORY: OK.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: Michael was on the left, Evan on the right, Sarah in the middle there. That was 49 years ago, neither -- and none of you were -- if you put you altogether and you don’t add up to 49 years. When were you first exposed to both the MLK and the JFK speeches?

MICHAEL GREGORY: Well, we all had good history teachers.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, I couldn’t name a particular time when we kind of first read that speeches. The famous lines from both of those speeches are just kind of a part of our culture. And I think that carries through in the videos in a sense that the messages are so powerful. I mean they still hold through today.

MICHAEL GREGORY: There is no substituting the power of the original speech, but you can provide a sort of gateway drug for an iPod generation that hasn’t been exposed to it.

LAMB: And when I was your -- when I was your age you couldn’t do any of this. In your own lifetime, do you remember when you were able to even think about putting almost together building your own videos, putting them on YouTube, making available to anybody who want to see them, you didn’t have to ask anybody’s permission.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes, I mean, technology and the Internet has revolutionized the way that we make music, the way that we then distribute it, and make it available to people to see. You know, hundreds of thousands or millions of people have seen the videos in a way that’s just wouldn’t be possible even five or six years ago, let alone you know 20 years ago.

LAMB: Now what might be unusual and let me if it’s not, but you watch enough of the news, you watch enough of C-SPAN to find all these different times for people your age, often are thought to not to care about this kind of stuff, not care about the news, find your news other ways. What would you say to that?

EVAN GREGORY: I think that that maybe a misconception among our generation that we don’t care.

LAMB: It’s not that you don’t care, you don’t care about the traditional ways of getting the news.

EVAN GREGORY: We actually may reinforce that because we get our news online rather than the traditional ways. We go to C-SPAN online or other situations and we sometimes even use blogs as a filter.

LAMB: Do you use us off the air, if you go to our video library to pick up all these clips that you use?

EVAN GREGORY: Normally the video library.

LAMB: And what about -- one last question and then we will go to another video. What about the Martin Luther King’s speech, for years, the family has sold that and you couldn’t give even access to it and now it’s not even owned by the family anymore and I believe it’s owned one of the universities down in Atlanta. So how did you get it?

EVAN GREGORY: The footage of the speech is widely available kind of online, has been re-aired on TV and appears in -- on various websites. So there is a variety of sources out there that showcase the speech.

LAMB: All right one more and what we are going to do -- this in unplanned. What we are going to do after we run this video, I am going to ask Sarah and Andrew to come up. We don’t have mics for them, we will put them right behind you, so we can introduce them to the audience. You think it’s fair.

EVAN GREGORY: Yes.

LAMB: You guys have gotten all the attention, right?

EVAN GREGORY: Well you got to short changed with worst looking ones up here anyway.

LAMB: That’s true, it’s pretty true. Let’s go to -- this is Ruth Marcus, and what’s the point of this one?

EVAN GREGORY: They are talking about gay marriage. I think gay marriage had just been legalized.

MICHAEL GREGORY: This we did it back at you know last April. This is the first of episode of Auto-Tune the News that really got a lot of attention nationwide.

LAMB: Here it is.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: Sarah, you were saying that that kind of started everything, at least publicly paying attention?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: It did. We had a lot of successes with the debate videos prior to this, 50,000 views here and there. And then all of a sudden when that Auto-Tune the News number 2 hit, people just loved it, ate it up, Rachel Maddow aired it on her show. Luckily, Katy Couric was on this night show near that timeframe and they aired a little piece of it then. So we just -- people loved it. And from then on it’s been kind of you know easy to get a million views per video.

LAMB: Andrew I recognize you in there, because of the facial hair. Are you in this many of these as your two brothers?

ANDREW GREGORY: I am in a few, fewer, because over the summer, I was out of town. I was working at teaching gig, teaching songwriting.

LAMB: Where?

ANDREW GREGORY: In the summer, at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have a summer teaching gig there, teaching songwriting to high school students.

LAMB: Very quickly, let’s go down the list here. Michael, where did you go to school?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I went to school at Appalachian State University.

LAMB: Where is that?

MICHAEL GREGORY: In Boone North Carolina.

LAMB: And Andrew?

ANDREW GREGORY: I went to Swarthmore College, just south of Philadelphia.

EVAN GREGORY: Same.

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: I went to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

LAMB: When did you two meet?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: We met in Brooklyn about four years or five years at a gig as it happens. He saw me singing on the stage and the rest is history.

LAMB: And you are married how long ago?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: We just celebrated our first anniversary.

LAMB: How about the same question about politics? Are you like political and is that why you are doing this?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: No, I am very musical and that’s probably the best reason of why I am doing this and I am attached to these guys.

LAMB: What’s your own reaction to politics today?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: I think it makes for good music. LAMB: What about you Andrew?

ANDREW GREGORY: I guess I would say something that Evan and Michael haven’t said. It’s sure it’s convenient that politics is always happening, so it’s easy to make it into an episodic thing. But the other thing is what in the world is more ridiculous right now than American politics. It’s very little, it’s just as silly, consistently that other than American politics, that’s the other reason that politics ends up being great for these videos.

LAMB: Hillary Clinton, The View Women, Ron Paul, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Hamid Karzai, Dick Cheney.

EVAN GREGORY: The dream team of singing.

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: Quite the lineup.

LAMB: This is long, so we will have go to it right now, it’s about four minutes long.

[Video Presentation]

LAMB: So Sarah, we have very little time left. What’s the strangest reaction you get to some of this?

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: Well, we have been very flattered by requests from people to Auto-Tune their weddings, Auto-Tune their ((INAUDIBLE)), we don’t have enough time or budget to travel up to those events, so though we’re flattered, we haven’t accepted it yet.

LAMB: How about Evan?

EVAN GREGORY: I actually did a radio interview with Brian Oxman, the gentleman who appeared at the end of Auto-Tune the News number 6 talking about Michael Jackson Would Wake Up Dead. I was very worried that he was going to yell at me, but he actually told me it was just delightful.

LAMB: Andrew?

ANDREW GREGORY: I would say the strangest thing is the reactions we have gotten from the politicians and newscasters that have been in the videos. People like Katie Couric and Nancy Cordes and Michele Bachmann who just thought that the videos were real funny.

LAMB: And Michael?

MICHAEL GREGORY: I would say when it was on the Tonight Show with Katie Couric and Jay Leno, it was a relief to see that she was such a tremendous sport and didn’t think we were complete baboons.

LAMB: So three of these Gregory Brothers from Radford, Virginia originally. And Sarah is married to Evan and she is from San Antonio. And we are out of time. Auto-Tune the News on YouTube. If you want to see all of them -- what’s the total number that you done up till now?

EVAN GREGORY: 10.

LAMB: And when will you do the next one?

EVAN GREGORY: Pretty soon. We hope to release it end of March.

LAMB: Thank you very much for joining.

SARAH FULLEN GREGORY: Thanks of having us.

MICHAEL GREGORY: Thanks.

MICHAEL GREGORY: Thanks.

EVAN GREGORY: Thanks for having us.

LAMB: That’s it.




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