I was planning this week’s musical post to be on Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know OR Yes’s We Can Fly From Here Part I. I was having a hard time making up my mind. Then I saw a parody of Gotye and I was sold. I get to give your Monday a giggle and still spotlight the song. It’s a win-win, well, for you and me, at least.
So, as you can tell, this Monday I wanted to post the Belgian singer Gotye’s hit Somebody That I Used to Know. It’s an off-beat song and it sticks with you. I think Gotye should send a nice fruit basket to Sting since he’s borrowing a little of that icon’s mojo. Once you listen to it, can’t you just imagine Gotye singing Fortress Around Your Heart? Also, while he’s handing out thank-you’s, maybe another one, this time to Peter Gabriel. That video with the make up and body painting is very Gabriel.
Wait, I am making it sound like I don’t like the song. I really do or I wouldn’t be wasting either of our precious time on it. I just couldn’t noticing a couple of things, that’s all.
The performance features a young singer from New Zealand named Kimbra. The second half of the song contains a duet between Kimbra and Gotye which is my favorite part of the piece. I always dig any time when a male and female voice duel or become intertwined in the music. Something about the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. It’s why I enjoy Queensryche’s Suite Sister Mary and the Evanescence hit Bring Me To Life. The two voices together achieve a musicality that is better and more compelling than what either voice could do on its own. Take a listen, you’ll see what I mean.
It’s a good song, right? You might even still be humming it. Okay, so NOW, listen to the parody and see what you come away with.
Tee-hee, I know, I giggled, too. It’s even more entertaining because the actual song takes itself a bit too seriously. Although, that being said, I’m still downloading it from iTunes. I dig it.
Oh, and the comments over this on YouTube are HYSTERICAL. Speaking of taking things too seriously, lighten up, people. Some fans really have their gym shorts in a huge twist over the parody. Honestly, don’t these twits have anything better to get up in arms about?
Incidentally, Somebody that I Used to Know is on the iTunes charts at #8 as of this posting. Kinda makes you wonder if maybe we should get a band together and record a cover of Mary Had a Little Lamb, doesn’t it?