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Five people parody Somebody That I Used To Know on one guitar
February 12, 2012 5:45 PM   Subscribe


 
Makes me cringe.
posted by erro at 5:55 PM on February 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, I wasn't the only one who thought that guy sounded like Peter Gabriel, awesome.
posted by curious nu at 5:58 PM on February 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


"We have to act like we are camping but we're really homeless". Great line.
posted by seriousmoonlight at 5:59 PM on February 12, 2012


I don't even know what this is parodying and it's still awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 6:00 PM on February 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought it was amusing right up until they went for the puke joke.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:00 PM on February 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah the puke joke was where I parted ways from the humor.

Then again, I am so sick of that song that anything that might make people less likely to listen to it is a benefit in my book.
posted by winna at 6:06 PM on February 12, 2012


Hah. Even though this is kind of stupid, I think it's cute. I love(d?) the Gotye song and thought the much-proliferated Walk Off The Earth cover was the ultimate in soulless, redundant wankery.
posted by threeants at 6:16 PM on February 12, 2012


I really didn't know what's going on here, so I dig some digging. For those similarly in the dark:

This is the original song by Gotye.

This is a cover by a group of people called Walk off the Earth.

The video posted in the OP is by a group called Key of Awesome, and they are parodying the cover by Walk off the Earth.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:24 PM on February 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wird Al is one thing. He's an actual talented musician and he's funny. These people are neither of those and seem to be piggybacking on the popularity of people with talent. Bad and cynical.
posted by cmoj at 6:30 PM on February 12, 2012


"Wird Al is one thing. He's an actual talented musician and he's funny"

I remember years ago listening to musician friends bitch about Weird Al - saying he was talentless and non-funny. It is in our genes to shake our fists at the new, and gaze warmly at the old.
posted by greenhornet at 6:45 PM on February 12, 2012


I am so glad they also got the "Shock the Monkey" similarity. This is great, thanks.
posted by kdar at 7:28 PM on February 12, 2012


I thought it was funny :)
posted by empath at 7:42 PM on February 12, 2012


As a Weird Al devotee and the guy who introduced Gotye to MeFi (the 'State of the Art' video), I approve of this parody. A little sloppier than I prefer, but appropriate to the subject of the parody. I LQed (Laughed Quietly).
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:45 PM on February 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Walk Off the Earth cover was pretty wanky, but I really enjoyed their Party Rock cover.
posted by lunasol at 7:45 PM on February 12, 2012


He's an actual talented musician and he's funny. These people are neither of those and seem to be piggybacking on the popularity of people with talent.

Totally agree. So tired of that bullshit gimmicky pretend-live "viral" cover of a good song by Gotye.
This parody was pretty funny.
posted by chococat at 7:45 PM on February 12, 2012


Oh, great, now I know who Gotye is.
posted by unSane at 8:03 PM on February 12, 2012


Oh, great, now I know who Gotye is.

Don't worry, pretty soon he'll just be somebody that you used to know.

OR,

Life is tough.
posted by curious nu at 8:18 PM on February 12, 2012 [6 favorites]




The Walk Off the Earth cover was pretty wanky, but I really enjoyed their Party Rock cover.

That's wedding band hell, is what that is.
posted by empath at 8:30 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


There should be a German word for the feeling you get when you see a parody of something you've never even heard of. Gotyedammerung maybe.
posted by storybored at 1:02 PM on February 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


There should be a German word for the feeling you get when you see a parody of something you've never even heard of.

Ha. Yes. And for the disorientation of then seeing the original.
posted by jwhite1979 at 6:16 AM on February 14, 2012


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