Gotye has became the first Australian, since Savage Garden, to score a #1 single in the USA for his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.”*
*also known as “Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool”
According to quite a few music sites, this is largely due to the fact that he performed at Coachella, appeared on SNL and had a massive plug on Glee when they covered his hit song. Glee has been responsible for a large amount of music being rediscovered or discovered as their market is the same market that mass consumes music and whatever else they’re told to. The American chart, as a non-American, is hard to break into and any chance that a foreign artist gets to do that, they should gladly accept. Ol’ Wally de Backer has other ideas though, he was quoted as saying:
“They did such a faithful arrangement of the instruments but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box. It made it sound dinky and wrong.”
Uhmmmm… did he watch an episode of Glee before he gave them permission? It’s an American teen show… what else was he expecting? Now, if you’re not a regular Glee watcher you might not “get” that the show doesn’t try and make the kids sound like they’re singing songs that have been overly produced, they make it sound like it’s being sung “live”. So every now and again you’ll catch them singing off key for a split second… but i like it that way. Maybe it’s just me? I don’t want them sounding perfect. I like it to sound how it would sound if i was actually there and they were singing directly into my earhole.
And just in case you haven’t heard the original: