Monday, May 14, 2012

Music Video Monday! Gotye: “Somebody That I Used to Know”

It’s getting later in the evening here and you know what that means – it’s time for a sexy music video with semi-naked people.

“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a catchy ditty by Gotye, (Wouter "Wally" De Backer) a Belgian/Australian singer/songwriter. The song’s popped up on both Glee and Saturday Night Live and it’s all over the radio. 

A friend told me that the rest of Gotye’s work isn’t as great, and I need to investigate that. Even if that’s the case, there’s no denying this is a great tune. The song’s lyrics (You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness/Like resignation to the end, always the end) and Gotye’s powerful pipes make the song hard to ignore. The girl in the tune and video is New Zealand singer Kimbra.

Check out the melancholy yet artistic video for the tune below.

It must have gotten tense around 2:18. It’s always awkward bumping into your ex, especially when you’ve both camouflaged yourselves to blend in with your surroundings.

And because it’s apparently become customary with my MVMs, here’s a bonus – the SNL digital short featuring Gotye. Happy Monday!


  1. I actually prefer Gotye's "Hearts a Mess" to be honest (probably because this got so much radio play when it came out in Oz. I still love it, but overkill). The music video for that is pretty cool too!

  2. Ruth - Just watched it - great tune AWESOME video. Like Nightmare before Christmas or something. Thanks for reading!

  3. I like to think of Gotye as a cross between Sting and Harry Potter...Wonderful music, you should check out the iTunes bonus "Dig Your Own Hole", my favorite.
    The rest of my faves I shared here:

    1. Chris - great song. A little different from his other stuff. Thanks for recommending!