Gotye Not Impressed With ‘Glee’ Cover Of “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Gotye got his Kimbra duet “Somebody That I Used To Know” to the top of the Hot 100 chart last week week with the added help of TV exposure on Saturday Night Live and Glee. But the latter series’ rendition of his worldwide hit tune has the Belgian-born, Australia-based artist dishing out words you’d think he’d reserve for the next time he pens an ode to being jilted. “They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals, 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,” the 31-year-old told the Sunday Mail.

In the Glee episode “Big Brother” that aired two weeks ago, Darren Criss’ character Blaine sings “Somebody That I Used To Know” after becoming fed up with his critical sibling Cooper (played by Matt Bomer), who is back in town and teaching the New Directions an acting class.

But Gotye is giving Darren and Matt’s delivery of his single an F. “It made it sound dinky and wrong,” the singer added to the Sunday Herald Sun.

Well, as we know from song itself, the drama can be served up from both sides of a relationship. Odds of Gotye’s next single getting some Glee love? We have a feeling the show will have moved on.

Do you think it’s too early for the singer to be biting one of the hands that fed him, or was Glee‘s version of “Somebody That I Used To Know” truly that bland?

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  • Juvi

    FINALLY, someone says the truth about Glee, it only tooks place on TV to take place, THX Gotye for saing the truth

  • P Munny

    Biting from the hand that feeds him? As you said, he got his single to the top of the chart on his own terms, along with record sales. Basically he’s just saying that Glee made his song vanilla, like they do all of their songs. Maybe a commentary on the mediocrity of popular television, but maybe that’s just my own opinion – woot!

  • b.trix

    Taking in consideration of how much money that one cover Glee will make him, does homeboy really have any room to complain?
    Biting the hand? That’s more like trying to be too indie for the hand that feeds you, Gotye! If it’s a stab at popular television, he might want to check himself before he wrecks him self! As I recall, I remember seeing the ads for his new album. Hmmm, wierd.

    I think that Darren Criss is really talented, but to me he will always be Harry Potter. I don’t blame him for doing what he loves on a show where he can make what an average American makes in a year, per episode. Even if the show, in my opinion is kind of horrible.
    Yay opinions!

  • Xadax

    I prefer the version from Team Legendtina’s Lindsey Pavao.

  • Patrick

    He might try being thankful. Until Glee covered his song, I’d never heard of him.

  • Erin

    Gotye was popular, as well as his song, BEFORE Glee ever covered it. Biting the hand that fed him? I don’t think so! He didn’t need them to make his song popular, it already was!

    He song is amazing and no one can do it as well as him (and Kimbra) do it. Yes some people do a good job (Glee included), but they do no justice to the song.