Gotye - C or D

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lol Gotye won the trivia nite that Chaki hosts every monday nite at a bar in SF:

(10:14:19 AM) chaki: So last night @ trivia this nerdy dude comes in and proceeds to answer every question right. I'm like who the fuck is this guy and we end up talking about old exotica records for hours. It turns out it's international pop star GOTYE. Dude knows his shit.

♆ (gr8080), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I somehow did not hear this song until SNL, heh. Along with the Sting comparisons, its production reminds me of mid-80s Peter Gabriel, or even Mike & the Mechanics, ha.

A friend told me it reminds them of this. Wish I could find a clip of their studio version, but it's a decent example:

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha that's a pretty cool story! (xpost)

some dude, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

this song has apparently sold over half a million copies in this past week

teledyldonix, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gotye-adjacent I guess - just realised one of his touring band members is Tim Shiel aka Faux Pas/Time Shield who does pretty, glitchy, sample-heavy electronica with throwbacks to proggy 70's jams and 80's funk and such.

Most of it is hit-or-miss but I really liked this from a few years ago - basically filled the magical space that Lindstrom vacated after WYGIGT.

Roz, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

i actually did give gotye a chance. i watched SNL on dvr last night and found it pretty good/charming

at first i didn't want to like him because he looks like the junkie musician dude i hate on Treme

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

just realised one of his touring band members is Tim Shiel aka Faux Pas/Time Shield

thats p rad!! so is chakis story

Lamp, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

listening to this...some real clever, tasteful old school studio sesssionman bass playing on this record

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

at first i didn't want to like him because he looks like the junkie musician dude i hate on Treme

― Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:20 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol @ this

some former lust object you've shamefully forgotten (some dude), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

album cover looks like art that they would have on the walls of a dentist office when i was a kid

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is so perfect and ridiculous. In the best way!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

such a good story

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

$10 says he lurks here

y'tulip, y'pea-brained earwig (donna rouge), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw cuet! chaki!

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

wtg chakster

arsenio and old ma$e (m bison), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 23:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

First Australian act to hit #1 in the U.S. since ... Savage Garden?

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Torn" didn't hit number one?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, and INXS only had one number one?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Torn never made it to the main Billboard Hot 100 because of those crazy rules involving the Airplay Chart.

MarkoP, Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is a great piece, diligently digging into the data to draw some interesting conclusions.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah chris was telling me about the piece yesterday, very excited to dig into it now

lathe darkman (some dude), Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's pretty excellent

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm so used to reading opinion pieces that it's a real treat to see some proper, painstaking research.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

man i need to check for chris molanphy more often, that's great stuff

goole, Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dude's a statistical hero!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is why Dick Clark had to die.

♆ (gr8080), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Molanphy's the best.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mentioned this to him the other day, and he was like "Already working on it!"

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

For the first time the top two songs are sung by two men whose voices repel me.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL at article, too

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chris is one of the handful of guys I know who read (a) read Paul Grein (b) read Paul Grein's column before glancing at the charts.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

too many reads

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's a good piece, but there's an alternative theory that chris didn't really explore: millenials are getting older and more interested in the kind of adult-pop boomers liked as they got older. I don't hear "alternative" here, I hear Don McLean & the Outfield. While he hints at it later in the piece, it's possible the songs are more pop songs that cross-over to the piddly remainder of alternative rock radio than vica versa.

admittedly my perspective is tainted by the fact that I think both these songs are barf.

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure it isn't nostalgia talking when I claim "All That Money Wants" and "Peek a Boo" are more outré than anything coughed up by the late nineties modern rock chart.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jezebel article reads song correctly, lambastes song as if it did that by accident

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I imagine an Al Smith type pronouncing it GOI-TUH.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's kind of stupid that Jezebel felt the need to write a female rebuttal to Gotye's lyrics in "Someone" since that's what the 2nd verse of the fucking song

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

is

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chris is one of the handful of guys I know who read (a) read Paul Grein (b) read Paul Grein's column before glancing at the charts.

Wow, how have I never come across Paul Grein until now.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's kind of stupid that Jezebel felt the need to write a female rebuttal to Gotye's lyrics in "Someone" since that's what the 2nd verse of the fucking song

Even worse was the "oh I knew about the rebuttal in the 2nd verse, honest" comment the author posted after other commenters politely pointed out that this was a remarkably thick article.

I need new, hip khakis (DJP), Saturday, 21 April 2012 04:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

some dude, Saturday, 21 April 2012 04:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Finally heard this on a Top 40 radio station, but it's a different mix than the original:

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

@ Gotye's US label

"This won't work on radio"
"Can we...make it sound more like late nineties Sting?"
"Jackpot!"

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, how have I never come across Paul Grein until now.

Probably because he writes for Yahoo! and most of us don't usually turn there for quality writing about anything, much less music.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

this song sucks

hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably because he writes for Yahoo! and most of us don't usually turn there for quality writing about anything, much less music.

For most of the eighties and nineties he wrote "Chart Beat" for Billboard though -- chart nonsense for non-sports nerds.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink


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