Computer generated Elvis impersonator

Written by IainB

Friday, 5 November 2010

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"Disco dancing with the lights down low. Beats are pumping on the stereo, uh uh."

Elvis aficionado Mary Proud of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Swinton has created a software program that will take any song and sing it in the style of Elvis Presley.

"We're very pleased with the results," said Proud. "You could say I'm proud!"

The team plan to market the device via the music charts. Their initial attempts will be on the British Top Ten, believing that Elvis would struggle to crack America as his first port of call.

"We're going to be making an Album using the device," Proud announced. "It will be a wide variety of songs to showcase the ability of Elvis in a modern arena."

The song list for the album, which will be called Elvis Lives, has yet to be completely finalised, although the first single release from the album, Elvis's first new song since he died, is to be a cover of Sound of the Underground the 2007 pop smash from Girls Aloud.

"We don't want to just do pop songs," said Proud. "Elvis's repertoire was much more than that. Other songs are Born in the USA and Who Are You. We thought that Who Are You would be appropriate, as it is the theme to CSI: Las Vegas, a place Elvis called home for the latter part of his life."

Proud and her colleagues also thought it would be fun to cover an Elvis Costello song, and have gone for Pills and Soap.

"We also know that Elvis was a big fan of John Lennon, and he will be singing Imagine," Proud said.

There are no plans for a tour until they can invent a holographic Elvis.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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