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->''Now and then I think of when we were together,\\
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die.\\
Told myself that you were right for me,\\
But felt so lonely in your company,\\
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember.''
-->"Somebody That I Used to Know"

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Gotye here.]] He's somewhat tall, Belgian-Australian, male...

Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known by his stage name Gotye, is an indie/alternative rock singer song-writer best known for his #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" though other songs of his have charted such as "Eyes Wide Open" which got to #96 on the Hot 100 and "Hearts A Mess" charted #8 on Triple J Hot 100 of 2006. His singing style has been compared to [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] and Music/PeterGabriel, while his music videos were once described by WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows as, "[[SweetDreamsFuel Like happier versions of]] ''Music/{{Tool}}'' [[SurrealMusicVideo videos]]."

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!!Examples:

* AfterTheEnd: A possibility to the video for "Eyes Wide Open"
* AlternativeRock: Also IndiePop.
* AlbumTitleDrop: In ''Making Mirrors'', he does one with the song of the same name.
-->''Maybe we're only making mirrors.''
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Hearts A Mess", "Learnalilgivinanlovin", "Bronte", "Thanks for Your Time", "State of the Art", "Eyes Wide Open", and "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
* AutoTune: Used on "State Of The Art." Gotye sang the whole thing in a monotone, then manipulated it until it sounded completely alien.
* AscendedFanboy: Music/{{Prince}} had the honour of handing Gotye his trophy for Record of the Year (for "Somebody That I Used to Know") at the 2013 Grammys. Prince prefaced the announcement by stating, "Oh I love this song," when glancing at the envelope's contents. Gotye started his acceptance speech by thanking Prince: "Many years listening to this man's music, growing up, and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you."
* BizarreInstrument: From near the ending to "Save Me", he has found out how different an auto harp sounds when each plucked note is quickly sampled and played back on a MIDI keyboard, as opposed to being played on the actual instrument.
** Hear that low, piano-like sound in "Eyes Wide Open"? It isn't a piano. It's a recording of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_iuE_L2wys&t=0m28s this.]]
** Most of "State of the Art" is played on a Lowrey Cotillion, a 70's home organ (famous for being used by Music/TheWho on [[Music/WhosNext "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"]]), which is also what the song is about.
* BodyPaint: He and Kimbra in "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* BreakupSong: "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* CloudcuckooLander: To say the least. Just read [[http://gotye.com/#about.html his biography on his website]].
* CoolTrain: One with hologram windows and a propellor in the backing visuals for "Dig Your Own Hole".
* CoverVersion: While Gotye himself hasn't covered anything, "Somebody That I Used to Know" has been covered by many artists such as Music/MileyCyrus, [[{{Music/fun}} Fun's]] front-man Nate Ruess with Hayley Williams, Creator/MattBomer, [[Series/AmericanIdol Phillip Phillips]], Series/{{Glee}}, Music/WalkOffTheEarth, Music/{{Pentatonix}}, and 210,000 Youtubers.
** Gotye himself then remixed a plethora of the aforementioned YouTube covers into one super-version of the song, titling it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opg4VGvyi3M&feature=plcp Somebodies]].
* {{Crossover}}: With Kimbra in "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* ChristianRock: "In Your Light" is about how thrilled Gotye is to have God in his life, though [[NotChristianRock this is his only really religious song]].
* ForInconveniencePressOne: The subject of "Thanks For Your Time." There's even a spoken-word breakdown in which the singer is put on hold by an obnoxious automated answering system.
* GenderBender: There was a rumor that he was gonna get a sex change. Gotye said, “Do I have to? Maybe its fun keeping it open.
* GenreBusting: His stuff is rather hard to pin down with just one descriptor. Basically, the style of the song depends entirely what he's sampling.
* InnocenceLost: A possible interpretation of the backing visuals to "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
* LastNoteNightmare: The album version of "Giving Me A Chance" end with a brief silence after the track ends, then a quiet sonic mass builds up to a sample of the, '''"Don't worry"''' from "Dig Your Own Hole".
* MelismaticVocals: Occasionally.
* MorePopularSpinOff: Gotye is, well ''was'' at least until their hiatus ends in 2014, in a Rock band called The Basics, but chances are you only know about them because of Gotye who despite being the drummer could be called the FaceOfTheBand.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Like Drawing Blood'' was named after [[NoodleIncident an injury he sustained while licking an envelope.]]
* NonAppearingTitle: "Bronte" and "Like Drawing Blood".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: There are elements of Reggae, Jazz, Worldbeat, Rock and Latin all over his music, but none of those ever appears in pure form.
* TheOner: The "Easy Way Out" music video. In stop motion with multiple Gotyes, no less!
* PostModernism: "State of the Art," is a song about making a song on the state of the art synthesizer.
* {{Retraux}}: "Somebody That I Used To Know" fits this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He's on the receiving end from Kimbra in "Somebody That I Used to Know."
* {{Sampling}}: Something Gotye is very fond of.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Does this too many times to count, and it is ''glorious.''
* ShoutOut: Possibly to ''Film/TheWall'' in the video for "Hearts a Mess". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzb3lBOBRrM At the 0:27 mark, the marching long-legged creatures look identical to the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bDY0DfEjmo marching hammers in "Waiting for the Worms".]]
** The bows that appear during the string part of the "State Of The Art" video resemble the ones from the "Toccata and Fugue" segment from ''{{Film/Fantasia}}''.
* StageNames: "Gotye" is a phonetic spelling of "Gautier", the French equivalent of his real name Wouter (which is Dutch).
* TechnologyPorn: "State of the Art", both the song and the video, are built around hyping up the functions of a very advanced synthesizer. WordOfGod points out that it's specifically about [[http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4144161-planet-gear--gotye-on-the-lowrey-cotillion-organ-and-making-mirrors a second-hand 1980s organ that Gotye once bought]].
* TitleTrack: Both ''Like Drawing Blood'' and ''Making Mirrors'' have a short one at the beginning.

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[-'''''[[LastNoteNightmare Don't worry...]]'''''-]