One of our favourite songs from a few years ago was “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Australian singer-songwriter Gotye and featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra. The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by in July 2011 as a single from Gotye’s album, Making Mirrors. It was later released in December 2011 in the United Kingdom and in January 2012 in the United States and Ireland. The song was written and recorded by Gotye at his parents’ house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Austrralia and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships.
The song received a positive reception from critics, who noted the similarities between the song and works by Sting and Peter Gabriel. In Australia, the song won the Triple J Hottest 100 poll at the end of 2011, as well as ARIA Awards for Song of The Year and Best Video, while Kimbra was voted Best Female Artist and Gotye was named Best Male Artist and Producer of The Year. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of The Year.
Commercially, “Somebody That I Used to Know” is Gotye’s most successful and signature song. It has topped charts in the US, UK and Australia, as well as 23 other national charts, and reached the top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was also placed at the top of a number of year-end charts by Billboard Magazine and other record chart companies around the world.
Gotye stated that the song was “definitely drawn from various experiences I’ve had in relationships breaking up, and in the parts of the more reflective parts of the song, in the aftermath and the memory of those different relationships and what they were and how they broke up and what’s going on in everyone’s minds. Yeah, so it’s an amalgam of different feelings but not completely made up as such.” In an interview with Rolling Stone (Australia), he described the song as “a curated reflection of multiple past relationships”.
We decided not to show the original video because, although it is great, everyone must have seen it umpteen times. This is Gotye and Kimbra performing the song in Los Angeles’ KCRW Radio Station…
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