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Gotye Not Satisfied With #1 Hit

News posted Tuesday, August 16 2011 at 12:00 PM.
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Gotye Not Satisfied With #1 Hit

Gotye has revealed to M+N how he felt deflated after penning 'Somebody That I Used To Know’, his first number one hit.

The song – the first Australian song to top the ARIA Singles Chart since January – ended Adele’s seven-week run at the top of the charts this week. But in a soon-to-be-published interview with M+N, Gotye (aka Melbourne musician Wally De Backer) said he’s still not satisfied with the track, or its predecessor ‘Eyes Wide Open’, the first single from his forthcoming new album Making Mirrors.

“With both tracks, I still didn’t feel satisfied when I finished them,” Gotye told M+N. “In a way my feelings with both songs were a bit deflated afterwards … With distance and as I’m playing them live, maybe I’ll get to like them more.”

He said he was so conflicted by 'Somebody That I Used To Know’ that it delayed the release of the album by five months.

“I just kinda let them ['Somebody That I Used To Know' and 'Eyes Wide Open'] go. It wasn’t about being a perfectionist. I felt like I made them the best they could be, and there wasn’t anything pragmatic or realistic I could do anymore in terms of remixing, tweaking, re-recording vocals, trying another part, or spending more money and time. I’d only make them sound worse or start disappearing in my own head – or rectum.”

‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is a duet with rising New Zealand-born singer Kimbra, who Gotye decided to draft in after hitting a creative wall midway through writing the song.

“When I got to the end of the first chorus, I felt for the first time, in any song I’d written, that I’d said all I had to say. Any attempt to work an instrumental path, or bridge, back towards a repeat of the chorus felt very weak. At that point I went, ‘I think it needs another story. It’s going to be a duet.’ So I wrote the female part and looked for someone to bring it to life.”

Meanwhile, Gotye has added a Perth show to his run of national album launches later this year. He’ll be playing the Belvoir Theatre on December 9. Most of the tour – including four shows at the 1500-capacity Forum Theatre in Melbourne – have completely sold out.

Making Mirrors is out this Friday (August 19) via Eleven.


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Hazard_Man  said about 4 years ago:

Chin up Gotee!

LoadMyRig  said about 4 years ago:

chin up goatse !

Urquhart Bluff  said about 4 years ago:

I'm not satisfied either.

josejones  said about 4 years ago:

Chin up Gotee!

chin up goatse !

i can feel a meme coming on...

andyr  said about 4 years ago:

go wally!

Actionralf  said about 4 years ago:

Poor Gotye

Little Ted  said about 4 years ago:

Suck it up Wally!

Ben  said about 4 years ago:

i think it's nice

tigers  said about 4 years ago:

That song is #1? Really?
I don't hate it, but it doesn't seem to be the kinda song that would be #1 on any chart...

then again, neither did that angus & julia stone song...

__v  said about 4 years ago:

look what is this?

mrmagoo  said about 4 years ago:

hottest 100 no.1

PooPeeTaste  said about 4 years ago:

I can't remember/don't care about her name, but I am disappointed every time I see this video and never seeing her nips.

It's bullshit.

__v  said about 4 years ago:

cannot wait

__v  said about 4 years ago:

isn't it a bloke?

PooPeeTaste  said about 4 years ago:


TimChuma  said about 4 years ago:

Was even on the V music channel in KFC the other day, hadn't expected that.

Sunnyboyz  said about 4 years ago:

I can't remember/don't care about her name, but I am disappointed every time I see this video and never seeing her nips.

She has a nice back. I bet she has really nice Kimbras.

definitely  said about 4 years ago:

YouTube comment by charliebrown407

how does he not stare at her boobs while she is naked next to him??

TimChuma  said about 4 years ago:

Kimbra reminds me of someone I used to know, she's a professional make-up artist now and her ''look'' is quite popular.

__v  said about 4 years ago:


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Lozenge  said about 3 years ago:

I just realised I've been writing ''Goyte'' all this time...

I'm sorry Gotye

flukazoid  said about 3 years ago:

Still the chillest. Quite liked the way he articulated his take on popularity vs fame vs legitimacy.

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

hes awesome....and no offense to australian people but there a kid named avery at my school who is australian and he ruined australians for me and i think theyre annoying.....EXCEPT FOR YOU!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!! tacolover888 3 days ago

GrantleyBuffalo  said about 3 years ago:

TacoTacoTaco hates Australians/loves Gotye??

looch  said about 3 years ago:

Album is #22 in the US Charts

Single is #16 in US charts

both with a bullet !!

Bowie  said about 3 years ago:


pfinger18  said about 3 years ago:

dimestorehood  said about 3 years ago:

The track, which you can see the video for by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, is the biggest selling single of the year so far in the UK.

untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:

poor wouter

Arthurly  said about 3 years ago:

mule  said about 3 years ago:

i wonder if millions of dollars will change his mind...i hope not to be honest.

Ralph Malph  said about 3 years ago:

Coheed and Cambria cover Gotye

Just not enough Gotye news at the moment

pfinger18  said about 2 years ago:

TimChuma  said about 2 years ago:

Gotye nose!

anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

The Grammy awards have recognised Gotye, with the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter scoring a nomination for record of the year for his duet with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know.

The category includes a hefty six nominees, each of which was inescapable over the past year.

The list also includes Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), fun.'s We Are Young, Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, The Black Keys' Lonely Boy and Frank Ocean's Thinkin Bout You.

Clarkson and fun. also were nominated in the best pop vocal album category, announced on Wednesday night in the US.

samiek  said about 2 years ago:

There are rumors circulating that Gotye will be performing a live mash-up with Psy.
Can we get a meme or gif on this?

samiek  said about 2 years ago:

Gotye will be performing a live mash-up with Psy.
Can we get a meme or gif on this?

pfinger18  said about 2 years ago:

Nominated for a Brit Award. Best International Solo Artist.

gabbo  said about 2 years ago:

In the international battles, Bruce Springsteen, Gotye, Jack White, Michael Buble and Frank Ocean fight out the solo male prize

Pretty good company. Could go to any of them. Brits are weird.

tugboat  said about 2 years ago:

Grammy Best Alternative Music!

Other nominees: M83, Bjork, Tom waits and Fiona Apple

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