Last week, I wrote a post in which I challenged the Manolith audience to build up the willpower to press play on the 3,487,932nd cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” This particular cover was an Obama-themed parody. It was technically impressive, but probably the least original idea in the history of the world. And, it was absolutely unwatchable.
I remarked at that time that it appeared that the covers would never cease and we would soon find ourselves living in a world where all elements of culture gradually turned into Gotye covers.
Perhaps, I was wrong. It appears that the cycle may have been broken. We may have reached the end.
Gotye has just released his own Gotye cover. Is this what we needed to break the cycle?
This is Gotye (known to his parents as Wally De Backer) wrote on his own YouTube channel:
“Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.”
Gotye’s cover of Gotye is a remix of everyone else’s covers. It is a technical marvel, but at its core it is the same song you have heard 20,000 times already.
Once again, I present you with a challenge. Can you bring yourself to hit play?