It may sound like something you might dig up on an early-’00s retro cocktail-lounge trip-hop compilation, but Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is still one of the more compulsively listenable Billboard #1 singles in recent memory. My finger definitely comes off the seek button when it comes on the radio. The song hit that chart peak, perhaps not coincidentally, the week after a couple of actors sang it on Glee. As it turns out, though, Gotye isn’t too happy with the Glee version.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, the Belgian-Australian singer tells the Sunday Herald Sun that the Glee version of the song sounds “dinky and wrong.” (I guess that’s as opposed to “dinky and right,” which is how the original sounds.” Gotye continues: “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.” He’s not wrong, exactly, but that is some nuclear-grade ungratefulness right there.
Watch the offending Glee video below: