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'Glee' takes on Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' [video]

April 3, 2012 |  1:14 pm

Screenshot of Goyte's "Somebody That I Used to Know" video

When they aren’t offering mash-ups of current chart-toppers or throwbacks to '80s rock standards, going Broadway or dedicating full episodes to iconic pop stars such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac, “Glee” has made it a habit to quietly reach for a little bit of indie cred --  just don’t expect them to drop their jazz hands in the process

In the past, the hit show has tackled tracks from artists that are likely little known to the tweens and their parents who love the show, with Young the Giant, Neon Trees, Lykke Li, Black Kids, Halestorm and fun. all getting the “Glee” treatment.

Next up? Gotye’s infectious guitar pop groove "Somebody That I Used to Know."

The single from the Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter featuring South by Southwest darling Kimbra is set to appear on the TV show's spring premiere, airing April 10. In the clip released by Fox, the angsty, lovelorn duet is transformed into a bitter sibling rivalry ode by former Warbler frontman Blaine Anderson (played by Darren Criss) and his big brother, played by guest star Matt Bomer of the show “White Collar.” 

The two also take a stab at a mash-up of Duran Duran’s "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio."

"Somebody That I Used to Know” is currently sitting at No. 4 on the Billboard 100, No. 5 in the U.S. iTunes song charts, and at the pole position on the iTunes charts in nearly a dozen other countries,  including the U.K., France, Germany and Austria. Numbers that will surely peak after the episode airs, as evident by fun.'s "We Are Young," which has spent the last month at No. 1 after it caught steam, thanks in part to "Glee" covering the then-little-known song in a December episode.

Check out “Glee’s” take on the track below:


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Photo: Screenshot of Goyte's "Somebody That I Used to Know" video. Credit: YouTube