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Thursday, October 16, 2008

More About Michael Hussein Gregory

posted by on October 16 at 11:40 AM

He’s a kid. Can’t be more than 20. He seems to be from Boone, North Carolina:

Population 14,000, named for Daniel Boone, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Here’s a video of Gregory and friends singing about Jimmy Smith Park in Boone (Boone also has a Jimmy Smith Wastewater Treatment Plant):

Here’s a song about space people from the future:

According to his MySpace page, he now lives in Brooklyn. He’s equal parts Chris Crocker and Tracy + the Plastics.

His videos aren’t all brilliant (his third prez debate video isn’t nearly as good as the previous ones), but he’s generative, gutsy, and a little screwy in the head.

(He is a new media hero. Forget art in the age of mechanical reproduction. This is art in the age of infinite extension—there are no copies of these artworks, each one is the original. Benjamin’s aura is everywhere. Not only is God “a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.” So are artworks in the age of YouTube. So is the character known as Michael Hussein Gregory.)

And, one more time, his video of the second prez debate—his finest work so far:

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I can't imagine anyone less interesting.

Posted by uh | October 16, 2008 11:34 AM

Leave the kid be. He's obviously retarded and can't defend himself from your predatory advances.

Posted by Dubcek | October 16, 2008 11:34 AM

well... he may be handy with protools but he should leave lipsynching and dancing to the pros. Surely his college has some musical theater majors. Or aspiring drag queens.

Posted by Nixor | October 16, 2008 11:46 AM

"space people, from the future, assassinating abraham lincoln...

space people, from the future, messing with my facebook profile."

you are my hero.

Posted by thickturd | October 16, 2008 11:49 AM

@1, i agree. these videos are not particularly funny, and this individual is so vanilla it hurts my eyes. zzzzzzzz....

Posted by yawn | October 16, 2008 11:49 AM

Didn't that SNL skit about Space Olympics cover most of that ground?

Posted by John Bailo | October 16, 2008 11:51 AM

brendan, i think charles hacked your post with the parenthetical about the new media hero. you should tighten your security.

Posted by thickturd | October 16, 2008 11:52 AM

silly to hate on this, its funny, free and better than 90% of the sh-t on YouTube. j

Remember, this is better than that jibjab crap from 2004.

Posted by mcFly | October 16, 2008 11:55 AM

Thanks a lot, Andy Samberg you ass.

Now the hipsters have a reference point when trying to break into media.

Posted by AJ | October 16, 2008 11:55 AM

y'all are jealous. the dude's prolific and quick.

sorry, but this is funny stuff.

who's gonna work it out, baby, who's gonna work it out?

Posted by cochise. | October 16, 2008 11:57 AM

The State of Desperation (And Alabama too, and Alabama too)

That is just rich.

Posted by mcFly | October 16, 2008 12:06 PM

The hatas are missin...

He's a genius. Certainly, he's hit his stride with the Pres debates. The lyrics of these things are brilliant.


Posted by Timothy | October 16, 2008 12:11 PM

Brendan, it really says something about you when you rip on generic theater and then pimp something like this.

Posted by tasteless | October 16, 2008 12:13 PM

I don't know... I like the VP debate one best

Posted by sean | October 16, 2008 12:14 PM

But what does it say, tasteless? That I know what's good and you don't?

Posted by Brendan Kiley | October 16, 2008 12:25 PM

I agree with #14. The VP song was the catchiest one.

Posted by JC | October 16, 2008 12:31 PM

The line about "Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, so many stans I don't understand" is awesome.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 16, 2008 12:43 PM

Love his debate tracks. The kid is totally brilliant. I just love his stuff!

Think about this: He took a wonderfully insightful sense of humor, wrote music to it, played, sang, produced the track, directed the video, edited up a storm putting together all the found footage, his own, and animation. Costume, props, acting. C'mon, people! Where's your sense of appreciation for the pure theater of it? He's my new idea of a creative-genius artist nerd-hero! The voice is too real for a nerd, though. This kid definitely has something.

His MySpace page has the audio tracks in high quality, btw.

Damn. If he's appearing anywhere, I'm ready to pay the cover charge. Count me a fan.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader | October 16, 2008 12:53 PM

I agree the kid is funny, not sure about brilliant. Only serious artist would find this not amusing.

Posted by Someone from the future | October 16, 2008 1:03 PM

Leave Sarah alone! Leave her alone!

Posted by Gurldoggie | October 16, 2008 1:11 PM

Seriously...this stuff is so satisfying on many levels. If he hasn't caught you yet, listen to it several times.

He's perfectly spoofing just about everything...from a perfect sense of current pop dance music (Timberlake, Timbaland) to the white dance guy to keen understanding of the political executing modern computer production current hip vernacular...

but...seriously...the lyrics are just great. The songs have groove and melody without taking themselves too seriously.


Miss caribou killa, black gold drilla...whatchya gonna do for Pakistan?

Posted by Timothy | October 16, 2008 1:18 PM

Have you even SEEN Chris Crocker lately? It's in completely full blown freak-ass mode.

I dare you and Eli Sanders to eat your words.


Posted by Non | October 16, 2008 1:21 PM

I love it, he makes me think of that kid from Home Movies (Brendon Small?), as a teenager. And I like him even more that he's from Boone, a hippie-ish town in a beautiful part of the Appalachian Mountains.

Posted by Christy O | October 16, 2008 1:26 PM

Yes John Bailo, SNL did that. The kid is so brilliant, he posted his video 2 weeks before SNL aired theirs. He copied their idea, by visiting the FUTURE!

Just like your repub talking point laden posts, you get it wrong again!


Posted by B-yo | October 16, 2008 1:43 PM

@7: Bwa. When I started reading that paragraph, I scrolled up to check the byline, and was surprised.

Posted by EmilyP | October 16, 2008 2:18 PM

this music is awful. stop listening to bad music.

Posted by john | October 16, 2008 2:31 PM

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