Watch: Gotye Covered By 5 People On 1 Guitar
News posted Monday, January 9 2012 at 01:00 PM.
YouTube is awash with covers of Gotye’s duet with Kimbra ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, but few are as dexterous and resourceful as Canadian outfit Walk Off The Earth’s.
Although some YouTube users have already cast doubt on the clip’s authenticity, the quintet (featuring a terminally bored Eric Cantona doppelganger) seemingly use one guitar to piece together the various musical layers of the original, which topped the ARIA charts last year and was listed among our Best Tracks of 2011.
The clip has amassed more than 3,000,000 hits since being posted on January 5, prompting a comment from Gotye himself via Twitter. “I know who to ask for help with acoustic versions of Somebody,” he said.
‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is the odds-on favourite to take out the triple j “Hottest 100” for 2011, which will be revealed on January 26. In an interview with M+N last year, Gotye said he was dissatisfied with the finished product, but just had to let “[it] go”.
“There wasn’t anything pragmatic or realistic I could do anymore in terms of remixing, tweaking, re-recording vocals, trying another part, or spending more money and time,” he told M+N.