This list ranks the best covers of songs written by the Gregory Brothers. Your votes help decide the order! Brooklyn pop-rock foursome The Gregory Brothers created the popular YouTube series "Auto-Tune the News" as well as its spin-off, "Songify This." The group composes and performs original songs featuring auto-tuned lyrics taken from television and other non-musical audio samples. Many of their songs remix popular viral videos from YouTube, such as their iTunes hits "Bed Intruder" and "Double Rainbow." The Gregory Brothers consist of siblings Evan, Andrew Rose and Michael Gregory, as well as Evan's wife, Sarah Fullen Gregory.
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Simply Abigail, "Double Rainbow Song"
The Gregory Brothers inspire a lot of folky bedroom singer-songwriter-style cover versions, but something about Abigail's plaintive wail as she powers through the group's hippie-inspired "Double Rainbow Song" elevated her on to the list. (Also, she's not horrible to look at, always a plus for the solo YouTube musician.)
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Mike Penny, "Bed Intruder"
Mike Penny has played a series of Gregory Brothers covers on a Japanese instrument known as the shamisen. (His specific style of play is known as Tsugaru Shamisen, named for the area in Northern Japan where it originated.) Here's his unique take on Antoine Dodson and "Bed Intruder":
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Roomie, "I'm Not a Witch"
Having to go on television and assure voters that you are not, in fact, a practicing witch seems to be a pretty solid sign your political campaign isn't going well. Yet that's exactly what Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell had to do in 2010 after footage surfaced of her on "Real Time with Bill Maher" admitting that she had "dabbled in witchcraft." (To be fair, she says she never joined a coven!)
The Gregory's turned O'Donnell's bizarre ad into a soaring ballad. Swedish power pop band Roomie (frequent coverers of the Brothers Gregory) pick up the tempo, and include scenes from viral sensation "Where the hell is Matt?" for good measure:
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Walk Off the Earth, "Sunny D and Rum"
The Gregory Brothers version of "Sunny D and Rum" is one of their more claustrophobic, downbeat melodies. It's the slowcore of auto-tuned non-singing. Walk Off the Earth's cover re-imagines the simple tune with a funky bassline and manic energy. (Yeah, granted, they seem to find themselves pretty entertaining...but hey, it's a good cover):
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Hayley Williams, Jordan Pundik and Ethan Luck, "Bed Intruder"
Not just one famous musician but a veritable SUPERGROUP got together to record this cover of the now-classic Gregory Brothers ghetto anthem, "Bed Intruder." The power-punk trio includes Paramore singer Hayley Williams, New Found Glory frontman Jordan Pundik and Reliant K drummer Ethan Luck. With all this celebrity fighting for the cause, they're sure to find that guy eventually, right?
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Horizons, "Double Rainbow Song"
Canadian hardcore band Horizons' music may not be for everybody. (Specifically, those who don't like a lot of yelling.) But it's hard to deny the geeky appeal of a polished, slick, professionally produced cover of the "Double Rainbow Song." And a little screaming does help to express the narrator's joy at actually witnessing an elusive double rainbow. So it all works out:
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Glen Kirkham, "Winning"
"Winning," an ode to Charlie Sheen composed of bits and pieces of his infamous "20/20" interview hit the Internet at the exact high point of the Sheen-mania of Early 2011. (Thank goodness those dark times have passed!) With over 25 million hits, it's the Gregory's second-most-watched clip ever (behind the unstoppable Mr. Dodson).
So it's not surprising that Glen Kirkham decided to use his guitaring gifts to cover the song, nor that he does so with such bravado. The hat and sunglasses combo, though...that's kind of surprising. One might almost say, ill-advised?
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GamesVlog, "Strut That Ass"
The Gregory's music transcends all notions of "genre." Don't believe me? Here's a Reggaeton cover of the group's inimitable "Strut That Ass." (NOTE: If the lyrics make no sense, that's probably because they were originally provided by a ranting lunatic in Huntsville, Alabama in a newscast that made its way to YouTube)