We're all sick of it. OK, at least most of us. That plonky keyboard melody that drills itself into your subconscious and starts floating in your head just as you're falling asleep, or as you're exiting a shop, or doing laundry. You hear it coming out of speakers as you're walking by an outdoor cafe, at Ralphs, at your favorite cafe, and it attaches itself to you like shackles. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" has become, like Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls" before it, omnipresent in American life.
The song, No. 1 again this week for the seventh straight week, has taken on a life of its own. And the singer, who duets with New Zealand solo artist Kimbra on it, continues to capitalize on its success -- even if, judging by his early-set intro at Coachella in April, he seems to be getting sick of playing it live.
Still, like a record-setting hitting streak or pitching a perfect game, something like "Somebody" usually only comes around once in an artist's life, and as such, Gotye is taking advantage by announcing the impending release of a new project that will pit the song against 10 remixers hoping to shed new light on a melody and a meme.