Sing, Sang, Sung – “Somebody That I Used To Know” By Gotye Ft. Kimbra

If you listen to any of the big, current hits, it seems extremely near impossible that you haven’t heard this song. Becoming an international hit and have the distinguishing characteristic of not being sung by some high-pitched fad artist or an inexplicably bad YouTube sensation, “Somebody That I Used To Know” has rapidly become extremely popular amongst… well, everyone it seems.

I was introduced to the song via my little sister, who sent me a link to an a capella version of the song, sung by the band Pentatonix, winners of Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Which, quick aside, with “The Sing-Off” and “The Voice,” NBC is really nailing it with these vocal competitions.

Anyway, the Pentatonix version is pretty freaking amazing. There’s definitely a reason they won. Amazing beatboxing, a fantastic bass and some pretty freakin’ great lead vocals in the three original members of the group combines to create a really excellent a capella group.

Not too terribly long after, a friend posted another cover of the song to Facebook. This time, it was a cover by Walk off the Earth. Note that this song was also my introduction to both of these bands. Anyway, the Walk off the Earth version has a very distinctive style to it… the five members of the group (four guys and a girl, just like Pentatonix) are all playing the same instrument.

And by that, I mean they’re all sharing one guitar. Five people. One guitar. At this point, Vizzini would shout out “Inconceivable” and most would tend to agree. But it’s true. And it’s phenomenal and spectacular.

Then, for those of you that like your pop TV and the like, “Glee” of course did a cover of it, which I discovered today in an article saying that the artist Gotye isn’t too happy with it. To me… well, if you’ve ever listened to a Glee’d song, you tend to expect tuned vocals and a sort of off sound to it, but it’s not a terrible version. Besides, it has Matt Bomer from “White Collar” singing, and I really like that guy. He’s awesome.

Anyway, after hearing all three of these covers first, I finally listened to the actual original. And, son, I was not disappoint.

The video, song aside, is actually pretty freaking great in and of itself. It’s definitely not your standard music video and is very… well, either surreal or avant garde, I’m never 100 percent sure on those… Symbolic for sure, though. And it has neat colors and effects, which I like. But beyond that, the acting from both of the singers, especially Gotye, and the interaction between them is spectacular. It really makes the words of the song have an even more powerful effect.

The instrumentation is strange, yet somehow perfect… Not quite happy and upbeat, not quite depressed and upset… much like the song, where the singer(s) seem confused about their emotions, passionate though they are. They’re upset, and they can say why, but not in a satisfactory way. It all boils down to memories and blame of the other person for their actions. …something I know too well these days.

Further, Gotye has a voice that has a hint of something strange and unique on top of what is actually a pretty standard higher tone male singing voice. It’s a great voice that I don’t think I’ll mind hearing again.

Basically, it’s a fabulous song, and the covers I’ve linked to aren’t so bad either. (The first two are amazomenal. Phenominazing? Actually I like phenominazing better. We’ll go with that.) Give it a look see.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra

[Gotye:]
Now and then I think of when we were together,
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die.
Told myself that you were right for me,
But felt so lonely in your company.
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember.

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness,
Like resignation to the end, always the end.
So when we found that we could not make sense,
Well, you said that we would still be friends.
But I’ll admit that I was glad it was over.

But you didn’t have to cut me off,
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing.
And I don’t even need your love,
But you treat me like a stranger and I feel so rough.
No, you didn’t have to stoop so low,
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number.
I guess that I don’t need that though.
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.

[Kimbra:]
Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over,
Part of me believing it was always something that I’d done.
But I don’t wanna live that way,
Reading into every word you say.
You said that you could let it go,
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know.

[Gotye:]
But you didn’t have to cut me off,
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing.
And I don’t even need your love,
But you treat me like a stranger and I feel so rough.
No, you didn’t have to stoop so low,
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number.
I guess that I don’t need that though.
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.

Somebody
(I used to know)
Somebody
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)
Somebody
(I used to know)
Somebody
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)

(I used to know)
(That I used to know)
(I used to know)
Somebody

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2 thoughts on “Sing, Sang, Sung – “Somebody That I Used To Know” By Gotye Ft. Kimbra

  1. I hadn’t heard the song before until either the Glee episode or when a friend of mine sent me the Pentatonix video. The Pentatonix video was absolutely amazing in my opinion, and something about the Glee version did strike me as being.. off. The Walk off the Earth version was really good too. I think if I had to rate them, Pentatonix would be the best, followed by Walk off the Earth and then Glee.

  2. […] I’ve talked before about the increasingly popular Gotye song “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It has been covered in many fabulous and interesting ways. Well, this song is a parody of that […]

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