Monday, May 21, 2012

A Parody of a Cover of Pop Sensation Gotye

Walk Off The Earth
Created a popular Gotye cover
Often in contemporary music, an original song gains enough popular recognition to be regularly reinvented and re-recorded by musicians other than the original artist.

Occasionally, an original song becomes so popular and well-known, that it not only gets covered, it gets humorously parodied.

Rarely though, does a song become so deeply anchored in our collective consciousness that even its cover versions are successfully parodied.

Gotye's hit song "Somebody That I Used To Know" has spawned dozens of professional cover versions, not to mention hundreds of YouTube videos of toddlers, teens, choirs, and other groups putting their spin on the tune using everything from wineglasses to saw blades as musical instruments.

No cover of the song is more well-executed and innovative than this one performed by the group Walk Off The Earth, who performed their version with all five band members playing a single guitar. You've probably seen this video, which has been viewed an astonishing 110,000,000 times on YouTube.

Just in case you haven't, it's pretty damn clever.

The musical comedy show, The Key of Awesome, has now parodied the Walk Off The Earth cover version of "Somebody." It's a hilarious tongue-in-cheek effort that's worth a look, and with just under a million views on YouTube, maybe, just maybe, you haven't seen it yet. Enjoy.

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