The only instrumentation on their version is a single guitar, played simultaneously by five people using different strings and surfaces. [4], [1] Wikipedia – Somebody That I Used to Know, [2] Defamer – Ashton Kutcher Fully Approves Of The New Gotye Clip, [3] Brisbane Times – Gotye gets right to the top with US Billboard number one, [4] Tumblr – By Now Youve Heard Gotye's Hit Single, [6] CBS News – Very crazy and cool cover of Gotye's song Somebody That I Used to Know, [7] American Songwriter – Five Musician, One Guitar, [8] Miss Floss – Somebody That I Used To Know – Walk off the Earth, [9] Billboard – Somebody that I used to Know, [11] Reddit – Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know, [12] Reddit – Gotye – Somebody that I used to Know, [13] The Daily What – Music Video of the Day, [14] Vimeo – :Somebody That I Used to Know, [15] Gotye – Original videos used in Somebodies – A YouTube Orchestra, [16] Gotye – Original videos used in Somebodies, [17] Reddit – Wally De Backer (Gotye) himself edits together all the various covers, +1 and i don't even kneeeeeeeee chorus 2nd verse Its sad and lonely to be in their company at that point, and low blows do come because you are mad about the situation. "You didn't have to cut me off / I don't even need your love." She gave him multiple chances. Now you're just somebody that I used to know, Now you're just somebody that I used to know Somebody The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual critics' poll ranked "Somebody That I Used to Know" at number eight of the best music of 2012. At that point I hit a brick wall. The poignant break-up song was performed in a different context during the "Big Brother" episode of, The song powered to #1 on the Hot 100 in the week following its performances on both, Kimbra was born on March 27, 1990 and the song's accession to the #1 spot made her the first female artist born in the '90s to top the Hot 100. I really liked your interpretation of the video side of this song. [86] I think that your interpretation hits the nail on the head. 1", "Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade", "Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga First Artist With Two 7-Million-Selling Downloads", "600.000 Verkäufe: Michel Teló legt Download-Rekord hin", "PowNed : Gotye scoort populairste Top 40-hit ooit", "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles", "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2012 revealed! I like how you likened a mosaic to being mostly straight lines and how when she says "reading in to every word you say" is like she has to read between the lines? [84][85] Gotye states the concept "was directly inspired here by Kutiman's Thru-You project", released in March 2009, which edited numerous YouTube videos to create a new cohesive song. [50] As of January 2013 it has received eleven Platinum certifications in Australia, accounting for shipments exceeding 770,000 units. [71] Dutch DJ Tiësto remixed the song for his album Club Life: Volume Two Miami. I really don't know how you managed to get that impression. On May 17th, a thread was started on the image remixing site Canvas,[5] which featured an image macro of Gotye driving a car with the caption “But you didn’t / have to cut me off.” In the following hours, several other image macros were submitted to the thread (shown below) with references to the song’s lyrics. “And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know" There’s two ways to interpret this line. On August 6th, 2011, the Internet news blog The Daily What[13] published the video in a post titled “Music Video of the Day,” noting that the stop-motion body art was produced by artist Emma Hack. On it's own it is an amazing song, and with the video clip it is incredibly moving. (I used to know) They are terrified to be abandoned but usually they unintentionally end up pushing the person away. but the one who is hurt more, would rather not have anything to do with his/her ex. [54] Earlier that year, Gotye had first noticed Kimbra when both were short-listed as finalists for the competition. “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a song performed by Belgian-born Australian singer-songwriter Gotye. he's a stranger to her. People are cruel. It would be interesting to know if Kimbra wasn't communicating enough before the arguments started or if she started to shut down "after" Gotye started arguing/blaming her. By 22 February 2013, the song became the tenth longest-charting song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, at 59 weeks on the chart. Anyhow it does sound as if both people were to blame with Gotye being more guilty (at fault) than Kimbra was. This is art. personal thoughts... You said that you could let it go Like when you said you felt so happy you could die Viral doesn't mean hit, though, as everyone who can't hum that OK Go song can attest. He's hung up on somebody he used to know, and that ain't her. The song was released on July 5, 2011 as the second single from Gotye’s third studio album “Making Mirrors”, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. You captured exactly what I was thinking. But i agree with billythepub, this song is btwn 2 people, no 3rd party at all in the song. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year. I agree with what you pointed out FoodandLiquor. And yet there is a whole other level to it. he wasn't going to try to fight to get out of the relationship. Updated Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know", – Gotye feat. I think, that he's really obsessed with his ex and altough he was miserable in their relationship he still thinks on her and I guess he want all the bad stuff back so he could have the good. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know", "Airplay Charts Deutschland – Woche 52/2011", The Irish Charts – Search Results – Somebody That I Used to Know", – Gotye feat. [57][58] The song was nominated at the 55th Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, winning both awards. The Canadian indie band, Walk Off the Earth, recorded an unusual cover of the song. It is the best analysis of a song I have ever heard. Song Meanings and Facts © 2020. I love it, it is such a great song. "Gossip Girl Loves Gotye Just Like Everyone Else", "Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know': The breakup song's ubiquity", "Soundtrack For Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Includes Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Flaming Lips & More", "Fun Gotye Hayley Williams Video 'Somebody That I Used to Know' BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2012", "Coheed and Cambria, 'Somebody That I Used to Know': Band Covers Gotye Hit", "Take This - Jacky Terrasson | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic", "Three Days Grace - Somebody That I Used to Know", – Gotye feat. But it all explodes in her face making her a home wrecker and him a lying cheating spineless snake in the grass. [11] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2011, "Somebody That I Used to Know" won Single of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Video (for Natasha Pincus), Engineer of the Year (for François Tétaz) and Producer of the Year (for Gotye). Kimbra is featured in Big Brother, the fifteenth episode of Season Three. [Gotye:] While they sing, a pattern of paint gradually covers their skin and the backdrop via stop motion animation. But you didn't have to cut me off The song, which features singer Kimbra from New Zealand, has lyrics that are inspired by a number of past romantic relationships in Gotye’s life. Oh, and Kimbra... my poor heart..."[62], As of April 2020, the video has been viewed over 1.4 billion times on YouTube. The new secret relationship gets too serious and he can't give the "other woman" all of him like he says and break it off with his old mate just to be with her. [60][61] Emma Hack, an Australian artist and skin illustrator based in Adelaide, was hired by Pincus to work on the body paintings for Gotye and Kimbra. This was the most streamed song of 2012 on the online music service, Spotify, just ahead of Carly Rae Jepsen's ". [66] As of January 2015, Billboard named the video as one of the 20 best of the 2010s (so far). he looks back on his past relationship evidently she loved him more. This is the final song of the episode. [56] It was also nominated at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Rock Song" and "Choice Break-Up Song". (I used to know) The first verse is just his 20/20 hindsight on the relationship well before the breakup and how he deluded himself. © 2007-2020 Literally Media Ltd. No thanks, take me back to the meme zone! [69] In February 2012, Rita Ora covered the song at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. I guess it's always wanted to get out there. "felt lonely in your company" div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) the only way she can deal with it is not having him in her life anymore. It sold 152,000 digital downloads in its first week of release and debuted on the Digital Songs chart at number 10 and the Hot 100 at number 26. Agreed. artist: "Gotye", The video, which has received over 1.4 billion views on YouTube as of April 2020, premiered on 5 July 2011. It won the Grammy for Record of the Year as well as that for the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. It's a really special recording and video". [35][36][37][38] thus becoming the longest-running number 1 by a solo male artist since Flo Rida's "Low" led for ten weeks in 2008. [214], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, The song was covered in the Glee episode "Big Brother" and performed by Darren Criss (as Blaine Anderson) and Matt Bomer (as Cooper Anderson). "[20] He further explained that "sometimes I feel like I'm a bit sick of it. On February 8th, the YouTube comedy channel "The Key of Awesome" posted a parody version of the WOTE video, with lyrics describing a band mate selling the group's instruments to support his drug addiction. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye feat. [5] Gotye uses a sample of Brazilian jazz guitarist Luiz Bonfá's 1967 instrumental song "Seville",[6] with additional instrumentations of beats and a xylophone. But I don't wanna live that way On 5 July 2011, Gotye released a film clip for the song "Somebody That I Used to Know" on YouTube and Vimeo.Directed by Natasha Pincus, the video has now been viewed over 1.3 billion times (as of March 2020).On 6 October 2011 the video was awarded the Melbourne Design Award.The video was the Number 15 most viewed video of all-time on YouTube and the Number 4 most liked video of all-time … But, a mosaic can also be created by breaking something into fragments and then reassembling the pieces to create something different. So the lyrics of the song are basically autobiographical! Also if you liked my interpretation give it a thumbs up! Times he went to see the ex-girlfriend. I'm sure I could say this more elegantly but I think you all get the just of my comment and my opinion of the meaning :). EDIT: Gotye's face in fact is painted (white!) in 2013, garnering much praise, including from Gotye himself. everyone can look at this song in their own way. On August 12th, Gotye front man Wally De Backer uploaded a video to YouTube titled "Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra," which featured a montage of notable Gotye covers edited together (shown below). Somebody that he used to know - and that he already told her, Kimbra, that she would not catch him caught up with somebody that he used to know. The one he still thought of, even though it was doomed, and did end. Although I do agree it's clever that her perspective differs from that of the other verses and the chorus, very nice.