Gotye To Release ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Remix Album
It seems that every single person and their dog has heard Somebody That I Used To Know, now, Gotye’s adding to the extensive list of those who’ve covered the song.
We’ve already heard renditions, good and bad alike, from television’s Glee, to five people on one guitar, Eskimo Joe’s Like A Version cover, and more recently, Fun. and Paramore’s Hayley Williams’ rendition for BBC’s Radio 1.
But regardless, NME reports that Gotye is releasing a remix album next week with a tracklist of ten new remixes of the song from the likes of superstar DJ Tiesto, chillwave pioneer Bibio, and even Kimbra’s urban producer of choice, M-Phazes.
The release coincides with the singer’s forthcoming US tour, and follows Gotye blitzing the APRA awards, taking home three awards. The ceremony also featured Tex Perkins and Tina Arena tackling Somebody That I Used To Know (with questionable results).
The all-conquering song beat out the likes of Matt Corby, Lanie Lane and even his own duetting partner Kimbra to the top gong for ‘Song of The Year.’ Also claiming awards for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Most Played Australian Work.’
That last one is an understatement, his ubiquitous hit is currently enjoying its sixth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, is the most streamed single of the year according to the UK’s new streaming chart; and its body-paint video clip is one of the most watched YouTube videos of all time, with over 2 million+ views.
If you thought a remix album of the break-up tune was overkill, you’re not alone. Even Gotye himself has said, “sometimes I feel like I’m a bit sick of it,” telling NME earlier this year that “there’s only so many times you can listen to the one song.”
Also taking his APRA award acceptance speech as an opportunity to apologise for its saturation. “Sorry for those people who listen to commercial radio and had to listen to it fifty times a day at their workplace,” he told APRA attendees before saying, “The song’s been played a lot, I know.”
It’s set to be played even more with the new remix album, a compilation the associated press release states “collects most of Gotye’s favourite versions in one place.”
We’re inclined to disagree, the tracklist contains a glaring omission, which we’ve happily provided below:
With the news that Gotye and Kimbra’s amazing ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ duet has hit the top of the Australian charts and clocked up almost two million Youtube hits, not to mention putting itself in poll position to top the Triple J Hottest 100 in January next year, we thought we’d countdown some of our favourite musical duets. Watch this slideshow »