Gotye - C or D

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I prefer "Easy Way Out" to the big hit.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

billstevejim, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Supermayer remix of "Heart's a Mess" is all time though.

Also you don't need to hear the original. One of the clever things about the remix is how it neatly renders the original redundant.

― Tim F, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:26 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Yah, everything you need to know about Gotye is that he rejected their remix.

Jedmond, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

First came across this via this video, which is pretty cool. The song's catchy, if a bit AOR

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

First came across this via this video, which is pretty cool.

― I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 20:04 (1 hour ago)

did you come across it six posts up? ;)

This is pretty cool:

― Girl I want to take you to a JBR (jaymc), Saturday, 21 January 2012 05:54 (3 days ago)

Yah, everything you need to know about Gotye is that he rejected their remix.

Rejected? It's on the iTunes single, on Total 10, and was promoed by the label that did a 7" in the UK - there was no physical single here.

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

After Gotye rejected it Supermayer leaked/dumped it (via Sherburne if I recall but I'm probably wrong there) - people loved it so they ended up properly releasing it.

Jedmond, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lah = http://phs.abstractdynamics.org/2008/06/got_gotye.html

Jedmond, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think Goodyear is trying to be a star but I by jingo, I certainly don't mind if he does. He's a good bloke.

Dude makes good music. Not great, but good. It's a little bit too pedestrian to rise to a higher level (that song is very good but not earth shattering brilliant).

Born To Meat Pie (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

did you come across it six posts up? ;)

Ah sorry, I was on the train on my iphone so I didn't get to check each link. I think I prefer the guitar cover version.

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

well if that's the case (cf sherburne blog - the comment on GWFA no longer exists), it was commissioned by the UK licensee, rejected by the UK licensee, and then approved by Gotye?

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg i kind of like this guy?

i think i'm getting really old.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

world domination continues - it's up to #58 in USA, going top 10 in the UK, and top 40 in ILM EOY poll.

danzig, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kimbra is next.

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Where are the balearic disco/yacht pop remixes of this song? They must exist.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 11:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 12:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's okay but not in the Africa/Everywhere universe I was hoping for.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

even if it didn't remind me of sting, which it does

First thing I thought of as well.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

HOW CAN THIS STILL BE #1????

God

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 4 March 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

This song is creeping toward "Rolling in the Deep" levels of ubiquity. I noticed he was supposed to play this small club in Chicago, then it was bumped up to a medium theater, and now it's a big 5000 seater. And yet every time I hear it I think of "King of Pain."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's some David Guetta song in the charts now that starts off sounding like the Police as well. Is it "Titanium"? I can't remember. At any rate it's all very disturbing.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

i still don't mind it, but then i don't pay much attention to radio/tv and haven't really noticed its ubiquity. Quite nice to see a song actually sticking to number one for a change.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

and now it's a big 5000 seater.

And sold out, no less!

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

And yet every time I hear it I think of "King of Pain."

Yes, me too.

Mark G, Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

The song's #9 in the U.S., btw.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i kinda like it.

for some reason tho the low-rent quotidian nature of the conflict in the lyrics really rubs me the wrong way, in context of the high-drama moodiness of the song, when this is like what pop songs are supposed to do?

plus his mouth is weird

goole, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard this song far too late. I like it but everyone is being really fucking irritating about it now so I guess I'll just leave it. sigh

owenf, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

his weird mouth intrigues me

owenf, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the '80s this song would have been "Love Plus One" or, I dunno, Bourgeois Tagg. Curious to see if he keeps the ball rolling. Someone told me his first album was more Beck/DJ Shadow-y.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Beck makes a lot of sense, mostly in that this album is all over the place wrt influences and styles. There's a p much straight up Hall & Oates type pop song and a weird electronica lounge song about playing with an at-home hi-fi system. There's a decent amount of stuff to love amidst the filler.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 9 March 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every once in a while a pop song makes an impact on me, most often because it just sounds so strikingly different than anything else on the radio. Witness this track by Gotye: "Somebody" is haunting and minimalistic and poignant (I try and personalize the song and though I admit I cannot, I still feel empathy) and the dude even lets the gal give her side of the story. Pretty intense and a good video that fits the song as she literally leaves the painting that is his life. Is it possible that I need to get the album it came from? Can there be anything remotely close to this awesome on it?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 9 March 2012 10:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I got the album today, this morning, from My beloved..

Mark G, Friday, 9 March 2012 11:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

strikingly different than anything else on the radio.

Yeah, at the moment this song is one, "Video Games" is another, and "Jar of Hearts" also. Minimalism cuts through, it seems. More of it.

Mark G, Friday, 9 March 2012 11:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ these songs seem to appeal to a pretty wide age demographic too.

owenf, Friday, 9 March 2012 11:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've only heard the song on the local AAA station, so it didn't stand out as being crazy-different. But I think it must be getting spins on the Adult Top 40/Hot AC station here, too. Not yet on Rhythmic or Mainstream Top 40.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Friday, 9 March 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember how jarring it was to hear Kanye's "808s" stuff in rotation, too. Most radio stuff is so dense with information. It's nice to have some breathing room built in.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 9 March 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I also heard the Police/Sting comparisons and am glad I wasn't alone. I think it's because of how he emotes the chorus a lot more intensely than the verses and it has a somewhat unique rhythm, which reminded me of the pseudo-reggae/Clash rhythms of the early Police stuff that stood out among the rest of the pop at the time.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 10 March 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right, have heard the album

adqt

Mark G, Saturday, 10 March 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

aw, I was totally going to BLOW MINDS with my "Beck pastiche" analysis of this album and I see ppl have been talking about that for the past 4 months

;_;

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

also they were GREAT on SNL; the backup harmonies were so tight that on my first view I thought they were all pre-recorded (mostly because the camera work was all in close-ups and didn't show the other other three people singing)

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Police, "King of pain"

Also, "Angel eyes" Roxy Music.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp yeah granted i've only ever seen them play one song (on a couple different shows now), but his entire backing band/live setup is really really good.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

quite honestly this dude and his backing band may be my favorite singers I've discovered this year

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

just watched both snl songs, it is in fact possible to sound really good on that show i guess.

i really like his singing too, ultimately i couldn't quite get into the album but i have absolutely no issue with this guy blowing up.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Same here. A lot of the album doesn't really work for me, but the songs I like I really like.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

my first listen to the album was basically "this isn't really hitting me, but I don't hate this"

listening to it now and it still doesn't hang together but it's more enjoyable than my first listen

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

dayo, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol what the hell

some dude, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

'some bobby that I used to know' is the punchline iirc

dayo, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

also they were GREAT on SNL; the backup harmonies were so tight that on my first view I thought they were all pre-recorded (mostly because the camera work was all in close-ups and didn't show the other other three people singing)

three? i only saw one of the other dudes singing backup, pretty sure there were some backing vocal tracks. like this one is obviously stuffed with pre-recorded vox:

it doesn't really bother me, just saying.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

the drummer was singing and so was the dude with the xylophone; the guitarist had a mic but I couldn't tell if he ever sang or not

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't think it was the lack of drum machine that made this a problem for top 40, but rather the lack of brisk tempo and a big beat. The Kanye stuff when it was on the radio was like this weird oasis of quiet and space floating interrupting all the usual stuff. They didn't artificially boost its tempo with a pre-fab backbeat.

― Josh in Chicago, Monday, April 23, 2012 12:22 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

"Heartless" sounded like a ton of other stuff already on the radio at the time, wasn't very quiet at all, and that was the only song off that record that was really big on radio. didn't know about the "Love Lockdown" remix Rev is talking about, though.

heard the Gotye remix on a pop station for the first time today, god that's terrible.

some dude, Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

actually ashamed I didn't think of this myself. Missed opportunities!

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

goole, Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

the first time i heard the song in passing i thought that was what that line was about

that's why god made kokomo (some dude), Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hearing him on SNL again reminded me: I ctrl+f-ed it and apparently I'm the only one here who thinks he sounds like Ozzy, especially in the chorus?

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 27 May 2012 04:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, Google is my friend. Apparently I'm not the only one on the whole of the internet to think this.

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 27 May 2012 04:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, never would've occurred to me on my own but i can hear it

--niccimanewhore (some dude), Sunday, 27 May 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think it might be specifically the doubling or reverb used on his voice on "Someone" that's probably similarly to the way Ozzy's voice was mixed circa Blizzard of Ozz

--niccimanewhore (some dude), Sunday, 27 May 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh it's been bugging me for ages who he reminded me of. Ozzy is totally it.

owenf, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shit. You guys are right. And now I'm pissed off, because I can't UNhear it.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha,

yeah. Will mention it to our Alice, with reference to "Changes", it's quite clear.

Mark G, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha ha, that Ozzy thing is great. Now the song is enjoyable!

calstars, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I'm almost senselessly drunk and "Somebody" seems really profound right now. Pretty sure I just bought it on iTunes.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Thought I had never heard this but just heard it in the gym, caught the title lyric, realized that this was "Somebody That I Used To Know" -- I've heard it a million times, of course, but truly thought it was some late-model Sting single I hadn't learned the name of.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 24 October 2014 21:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

gotye!

LB-426 (latebloomer), Saturday, 25 October 2014 06:57 (1 month ago) Permalink


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