Watch: Tex'n'Tina Take On Gotye
News posted Tuesday, May 29 2012 at 04:00 PM.
Related: Gotye, Tex Perkins, APRA Awards, Tina Arena.
Out of all the horrendous covers of Gotye and Kimbra’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ – and there have been millions – Tex Perkins and Tina Arena’s take on the song at the APRA Awards last night surely takes the cake.
While there’s nothing outlandishly bad about Arena’s YTT take on Gotye’s “male part”, it’s when Perkins – the original Man In Black™ – enters the fray around the two-minute mark for the “female part” (see what they did there?) that shit really goes awry. Not only does he forget the words, but he sings in an impossibly low voice that complements Arena’s highs like fingernails complement a blackboard.
That being said, at least Perkins, who still seems to be method-acting Johnny Cash (note to Tex: just be Tex), is clearly having a bit of fun. It’s more than you could say for Arena, who takes the whole thing incredibly seriously, like she’s auditioning for the part of Kimbra for the next installment of Gotye’s travelling roadshow. And the worst part? Our Wouter was in the audience, probably wishing he never wrote the song in the first place ... again.
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