Somebody That I Used to Know
"Somebody That I Used to Know," by Gotye, has become one of the most unusual, and one of the most memorable, hit songs of 2012. Though the song describes an emotionally-harrowing breakup, frontman Wally De Backer tells ABC News Radio that the track wasn't actually inspired by one particular experience with one particular woman. "It’s a whole bunch of memories from different relationships I’ve had," he says. "But there are elements of fiction in it as well, so it’s embellished reality, I guess."
Fact or fiction, what makes "Somebody That I Used to Know" truly believable is the fact that Wally sings it as a duet with New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra, allowing him to deliver the female perspective on the track.
Wally adds that the song's striking video, which shows him and Kimbra alternately naked and then covered in body paint, had a lot to do with the song's success. "It engaged a lot of people on YouTube and was shared very widely so it helped, I guess, that the word of mouth about the track," he says. "People seem to respond to the whole package, I guess, the video feels like it enhances for them already a very potent song."
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