The Many Versions of "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Some Song That I Used To Know...
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Gotye should be extremely flattered right about now. In 2011, Gotye released a song with Kimbra called, "Somebody That I Used to Know" in Australia. It was such a huge hit that it has been released in many other countries since then. Recently, VH1 promoted the video quite a bit, and yes, "Somebody That I Used to Know" has become a huge hit in the U.S.
The song is very unique from anything else being played on the radio. Furthermore, the video is eyecatching because it features Gotye and Kimbra nude with painted bodies. It is probably the simplicity of the song and the video that wins everyone over. It is basically about a couple that broke up, and how they treat each other today. The lyrics are actually rather haunting with phrases like, "Told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company." Most of us can relate to the pain Gotye feels in the song. It is interesting because most of us also can relate to Kimbra's retort, as well.
Since "Somebody That I Used To Know" is so unique, it goes without saying that it has been getting a lot of attention. For this reason, many musicians and comedians have decided to create their own versions of the song and the video. If you visit YouTube, you can find parodies of the song, as well as some interesting renditions of the original song. I certainly hope Gotye is enjoying all of the many versions of his song as much as I have.
Original Version of "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Walk Off The Earth's Version
If you've ever wanted to see 5 people using one guitar, then I highly recommend checking out Walk Off The Earth's version of "Somebody That I Used To Know." Two men and the one woman in the group sing the song. This version of the song is actually pretty amazing.
First of all, I don't know how all of them managed to coordinate playing on the guitar. Second, the singers are very talented. Because of their YouTube video, Walk Off The Earth has performed this version of the song on several talk shows. YouTube is an incredible tool for new bands and Walk Off The Earth has definitely gotten a lot of publicity for this version of "Somebody That I Used To Know."
Walk Off The Earth - "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Bottom of the Barrel
A comedy group called Bottom of the Barrel created the first "bro parody" I would like to share. This song is called, "Somebody Who Used to Be My Bro." In this heartwarming rendition of the Gotye song, the bros wake up in the morning to find someone has drawn on them. They also come to the conclusion that they engaged in some activities the night before they are not proud to admit. This version is pretty funny, but also a little offensive in some ways. If you are easily offended by profanity and obvious sexual humor, you might want to pass this one up.
Bottom of the Barrel - "Somebody Who Used to Be My Bro"
It seems like there is a lot of talk about bromance today, so why shouldn't there be another bro parody for the song, "Somebody That I Used to Know." In this case, two guys decide to move in together. Unfortunately, the roommate situation does not work out for them. There are spats over a scooter, the cleanliness of the apartment, ex-girlfriends and more. "Somebody Who Is Not a Bro" takes you on a sad journey with two guys that just can't be bros any longer.
Bro's Budz - "Somebody Who Is Not a Bro"
Monday Wednesday Friday
Not everyone wants to make a parody of Gotye's original music video. Instead, many comedy groups are happy to mock Walk Off The Earth's version of the video. Monday Wednesday Friday created a video that never quite even gets to the song. In their video, the group members can't even figure out how to play the guitar together. After all, it is not easy to rock out with 5 people using one guitar.
Monday Wednesday Friday - WOTE Parody
The Key Of Awesome
The Key Of Awesome is the poorest band in the world. Apparently Tony sold all their equipment and they are only left with one guitar. Of course, when you are left with only a guitar, it is a great idea to sing a parody of the Walk Off The Earth version of, "Somebody That I Used To Know." This group actually does have some musical talent and this is probably one of the funniest of all the WOTE parodies.
The Key of Awesome - WOTE Parody
Slow Children Crossing
Do you like "Gold Digger" by Kanye West? Do you like "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye and then Walk Off The Earth? Well, you are in for a real treat! Imagine "Gold Digger" lyrics to the sounds of "Somebody That I Used to Know." Oh yes, somebody had the nerve to do just that! Check out Slow Children Crossing's version of two great songs made even better together.
Slow Children Crossing - WOTE / Gotye / Kanye Parody
The Zenami's Mashup Version
Since Gotye and Walk Off The Earth sing, "Somebody That I Used to Know" in a similar way, someone got a great idea to combine the two videos together. This video is refreshing since it is not a parody at all. It simply takes both the original versions and edits the two together.
Gotye and Walk Off The Earth Combination
Obama That I Used to Know - JustNewProductions
UPDATED ON AUGUST 11, 2012...
As it turns out, "Somebody That I Used to Know" is an unstoppable force on YouTube. I wrote this hub months ago thinking it would end at that. But no, more "Somebody That I Used to Know" parodies continue to emerge each day. For instance, you might enjoy some political humor with this song called, "Obama That I Used to Know." Enjoy!
Obama That I Used to Know
Some Study That I Used to Know - College Humor
Even more college oriented parodies are online at YouTube. You can check out "Some Study That I Used to Know" by College Humor. You can see a teacher sing to a student who does not appreciate everything he was taught in school. Guess he just studied some stuff he doesn't know any longer.
Some Study That I Used to Know
The Star Wars That I Used to Know - teddiefilms.com
For all you Star Wars fans out there, have no fear! There is even a "Somebody That I Used to Know" version just for you. Are you tired of the new Star Wars movies? Do you want to hear someone sing about it in a song? Well, you'd better. Check out "The Star Wars That I Used to Know" by teddiefilms. You are not alone in your frustration.
The Star Wars That I Used to Know
Even More Versions...
Basically, there are now so many versions of "Somebody That I Used to Know" that it is hard to keep up with them. Shown below are a few more parodies on YouTube that people have uploaded. Some of these are not as original as the other videos listed above, but they are still interesting. Who could have imagine Gotye and Kimbra's song would ever become this popular and inspire so many YouTube videos?
Videos used in this hub are re-posted from YouTube.
All written material in this hub is by Jeannieinabottle.
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