Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” has pretty much conquered the world over the past few months, leaving heaps of cover versions and newly-minted YouTube celebrities in its wake. Now the hyper-catchy Australian earworm is even making its mark on the world of loud rock and metal, with New York rockers Coheed and Cambria adding it to their live set. The performance has hit the internet thanks to fan-shot videos, including this recording from their recent stop at The Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina.
Genre and style are interesting things. Sometimes, you hear a song and you know right off the bat what you’re getting yourself into; sometimes a single instrument or note or tone of voice will tell you precisely what to expect. Michael Kiwanuka’s cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is, thankfully, not one of those times.
The members of New York’s PS22 Chorus are arguably some of the most famous fifth graders in the world. They’ve racked up 42 million views and counting on Youtube, where they post their covers of artists from Matisyahu to Kylie Minogue. Last week they shared the stage with Sinead O’Connor at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, opening her show with their take on Gotye‘s much-covered “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
“Somebody That I Used to Know,” the breakout single from Belgian-born musician Gotye, has been getting some serious covers attention in the last few months. We recently recapped the five best covers of the track to date, but new contenders are emerging all the time. The latest take on “Somebody” comes from acapella group Pentatonix, who won the most recent season of NBC’s The Sing-Off.
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Gotye’s über-ctachy breakup jam “Somebody That I Used to Know” first hit the web last summer, but it’s only taken off stateside in the past few months. A small part of that popularity comes from Walk Off the Earth’s stunning viral cover. Lots of other artists have covered the song too, many delivering takes at least almost as memorable.
When we posted Walk Off the Earth’s brilliant cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” at the beginning of the year, one commenter wrote, “uugghh. they are lipsyching & guitarsyching to a pre-recording which defeats the purpose of this video.” Well, smart guy, here’s a counter argument: their performance on Ellen.