YMMV / Gotye

  • Covered Up: A lot of Youtube covers credit Walk Off the Earth as the original singers of "Somebody That I Used to Know".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Damn near all of it.
    • Props must be given to Somebodies though. Making his own remix of his most popular song and all non-famous cover artists.
  • Ear Worm: "Somebody That I Used To Know".
  • Memetic Mutation: But you didn't have to cuuuuut me ooooooooff!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The video for "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You"
    • The title for "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You".
    • The video for "State of the Art" becomes this around the first chorus. Suffice to say, you'll never look at an early 80s Lowrey Cotillion the same way again.
  • Sampled Up: As is to be expected when a lot of your samples are from obscure and usually very niche records. For example, not many people seem to know that "Somebody That I Used to Know" sampled the guitar riff from Luiz Bonfa's "Seville" or that the hook for "State Of The Art" is a horn break from a recording of a Taiwanese folk song. In fact, to the untrained ear, it's easy to assume that there's no sampling at all and everything is being performed by live musicians.
  • Signature Song: "Somebody That I Used To Know" is easily this, given it's his only hit.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Many people have taken notice to the fact that the Xylophone line in Gotye's, "Somebody That I Used To Know," sounds a-lot like the chord progression in, "Baa Baa Black Sheep." On the surface this is true, but when you get right down to it there's only a one-note difference in the melodies, and it sounds completely different when put in context with the chord progressions of each song.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: His entire oeuvre could be called this, but special mention goes out to the ethereal, gentle "Giving Me A Chance"...unless you're listening to the album version, in which case it concludes with the Last Note Nightmare example on the main page.
  • Tear Jerker: The song "Bronte", which is about a friend's dog that had to be put down. The music video has a different theme, but it's sad as well.
    Love ain't fair/So there you are, my love
    • "Eyes Wide Open" is a song about people facing ruin because they refuse to change or even acknowledge that they need to. While the song doesn't directly mention any real-world matter, the music video featuring humanoid creatures traversing barren landscapes in search of water imply that the song is about the difficulty of getting people to address major environmental issues.