Okay, this is just a brief post because I have to hear your thoughts on this one. Recently, there is this song, that has been plaguing me! I hear it in my head ALL THE TIME!! I hear it so often in fact, that my fingers moved on their own last night and purchased the freakin’ thing from the iTunes Store. Now I’m really in trouble because I can listen to it anytime…on repeat if necessary. I’m pretty sure you know the song, because it’s not new new. It’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye.
This tune is more stuck in my brain than any song has been in a long time. I mean, I have come across some catchy songs, but for some reason, this one seems to get better every time I listen to it. I’ve seen that so many people have covered it on YouTube. I honestly think this song will be the first YouTube videos I know of that will reach 1 billion views…ONE FREAKIN’ BILLION! Then of course there’s the version from Walk Off The Earth, that made this cover band famous almost overnight:
This was actually the first version of the song that I saw. Some people like it better than the original, but after watching them a few times, I’m going to say I like the original better.
Or there was this other one that I saw with these kids lip-syncing the song:
Or, there’s the comedy version:
Or the kid’s chorus version:
I’ve been trying to rationalize this but, the only conclusion I can come to is that it’s just a damn good song. It’s simple (it’s even got xylophones) and those two original artists can really sing…so much so, that’s hard to ignore the freakin’ song. I want to hear from you guys…why is “Somebody That I Used to Know” such a phenomenon? Is it because the guy sounds like Sting? Is it because there’s just so much crap music right now, that we instantly latch onto any good piece of music like it’s going outta style (it kinda is, though, isn’t it?)? Do you like the song? Do you think it’s annoying? I’d really love to hear your thoughts. This is one of those situations where I’m not at home to see directly how pop culture is affecting America, so I’d love to hear it from you.
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P.S.- I do worry about Gotye’s career because having a hit that strikes that hard can take the spotlight off of all of your other music. I hope he and Kimbra end up having great careers, afterwards, but they’ve really set a huge bar for themselves to jump over. There are some amazing artists who ended up becoming one-hit wonders for the very same reason. Think that will happen here?
P.P.S.-Marisa D, if you’re reading this…it’s all your fault! You were the first one to put me onto this song.