Often on the Internet, when something is successful — say, a video — soon lots of other people will also do that video, or a video like that video, in the hopes that their video will also be successful. Wait, did everybody get out their pens? I’m sorry I should’ve mentioned you should have your pens out and you SHOULD BE TAKING NOTES. So, we’ve seen this a lot. And lately one thing we’ve all been seeing a lot of video re-imaginings of is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a song that I’ve always stood up for in the face of tremendous opposition, because I do believe, no matter how many times it is played on the radio, or in every store you ever go into, or by your roommate, or by your neighbors, or by your mom for sure, that it is NOT A BAD SONG! Let’s not get into it but, like, that is not a bad song. But you know what IS a bad song? Any cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know” that has ever been on the Internet in my whole life. “I have an idea — a cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ but, like, using ONLY plastic cups and dog food.” “A burps-only cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’.” “A cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ sampling the burps-only cover + farts.” Luckily, though, the final cover has been posted on the Internet, and it is 100% perfect.

That’s it! We’re done! Everyone, give yourselves a round of applause. We really nailed this one. Champagne all around. Sparkling juice for the baby. Let’s bury this song and never re-imagine it again! (Via SayOMG.)

Comments (15)
  1. When you’re three years old, there aren’t any people that you used to know. Pretty much everyone you know is somebody you just met.

  2. It’s not so much a cover song as it is an invitation to steal his money while he’s clearly so distracted.

  3. But when you’re three years old, there really aren’t any people that you used to know. Pretty much everyone you know is somebody you recently met.

  4. I think this one better than the one he sang in church the other day.

  5. <3<3<3 so cute!! He doesn't even know what the song means but he's feelin' it. Come here little emo guy 'til auntie Kate gives you some hugs.

  6. It will be fun for this kid when he hits that age where you actually start understanding all of the lyrics you misinterpreted as a child (I’m pretty sure most of us can relate to this feeling. Mass appeal!) I had a lot of these epiphanies when in my teens I heard the ’80s pop songs from my childhood. But, unlike this kid, I didn’t have a video documenting the lyrics I THOUGHT were correct. For that reason, he will have extra fun in 12 years or so.

    • I have a friend whose mom is a music teacher at a Catholic elementary school. One of the brothers couldn’t make it one year, so they gave the extra ticket to the school musical to me. It was called “www dot that’s entertainment dot com” (actual spoken title of the “play”) (sigh) and it chronicled the progress of music from the 50s on. The hands-down best part was when a pile of 6 year olds did “Hey Ya” by Outkast. We were actually all holding hands, and holding our breath, waiting to see if they would change “I don’t wanna meet your momma, I just want to make you come-a”. They did not. It was priceless.

  7. Not that bad covers indicate the “goodness” of a song, but the kind of people who attempt bad covers just might be some kind of indicators. . .Not that I’m opposed to eating dirt and boogers, but I draw the line at the Wiggles. Three year olds love the Wiggles. Oh yeah, and then there’s the Glee version of this P.O.S. song, but I’m probably posting in the wrong venue for criticism of Glee.

  8. This is the only proper way to sing this while driving. Especially at red lights.

  9. Oh no! In that block of related videos that pops up at the end, there is a boy painted up like Gotye. Stop it parents!

  10. “Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full”… It’s not just me who always hears that, is it?

  11. I wonder whether Gotye approves of this version more than he does of the one Glee did.

  12. Thank you for all the nice comments about my son! He will be happy to hear them when he comes home from kindergarden :)

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