I’ve said it before, but Gotye‘s huge hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” is this year’s “Rolling In The Deep.” Which of course meant that Glee had to rush to cover it while it was still hot. The song appeared in the episode “Big Brother” and was sung by Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer. While Gleeks might have loved it, the Australian singer wasn’t so impressed.
“They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee-style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box,” he said.
Not to mention the fact that the song is about a breakup, not two douchey brothers fighting. The show’s use of the song gave it a boost in sales, and fans did like the cover. Maybe it wasn’t all that bad, but this is Glee we’re talking about here.
Josh Brolin returned as host for SNL with Australian newcomer Gotye as musical guest. Things got off to a slow start with Brolin’s monologue and the “The Californians” skit that went on a bit too long, much like the cold open featuring Mitt Romney saying goodbye to his former running mates. There’s a rumor that Mittens was asked to host by Lorne Michaels, let’s hope they get him to play a robot. It won’t be that hard.
The first good skit of the night was the Digital Short featuring Steven Spielberg helping Andy Samberg and Bill Hader with the latest edition of “Laser Cats.”
Then there was the “Piers Morgan Tonight” skit where Kimye, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, showed up to talk about the Trayvon Martin case. I think Fred‘s Ice-T impression could have been a little better though. The last skits of the show aren’t usually as good as Prom one at the end of the show, but I think it was helped but Jay Paroah‘s laughing. Good to see him getting more screen time.
So if you haven’t heard of Gotye, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from him very soon. His performances of “Somebody That I Used To Know” and “Eyes Wide Open” will hopefully expose him to a bigger audience. I’m sure he hopes he won’t attract nuts who will be tempted to paint themselves up the way Andy and Taran did…FANTASTIC performances.
Oh, and next week we get to re-live the awkward, slow-spinning and hair twirling. Set your dvr!