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YMMV / Gotye

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  • Awesome Music: 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.
  • Covered Up: A lot of Youtube covers credit Walk Off the Earth as the original singers of "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".
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    • 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. The fact his particular style of sample doesn't sound like sample can also make it harder for the untrained ear to even recognize that the music is made of samples at all rather than being played by live musicians.
  • Signature Song: "Somebody That I Used To Know" is easily this, given it's his only hit in America.
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  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Many people have taken notice to the fact that the xylophone line in "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
    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.
    • "Somebody That I Used To Know." Anyone who's even gone through an uncomfortable breakup where both sides play the Blame Game (and one is clearly more guilty than the other, but can't accept it) can identify with it's sombre lyrics. In the video, Gotye is trying his best not to make eye contact with Kimbra, either out of shame, frustration or both, as she calls him out on his wangst, all while both of them are literally and figuratively naked.


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