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Why This Song Sucks: Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra

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Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM

[Editor's note: Why This Song Sucks determines why particular tracks blow using science. It appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday.]

See also:

*Gotye Tells Us His Life Story

*The Worst of Coachella: Weekend One

Song: Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra

History: "Somebody That I Used To Know" is a song that people LOVE. Like, I mean A LOT. It's mostly White people. I think Gotye might be White Tupac, but I'm not certain. Also, I think we're all just supposed to pretend that Damien Rice wasn't doing this bit about 40X better already. It's probably because Gotye is from Australia and Rice is from Ireland and Australia is considerably more hipster-chic than Ireland. I mean, did you even see Crocodile Dundee? It's the most post-meta movie ever made. LULZ. ALT. <3 <3 #LOOKATMYJORTS MEME meme meme MEME

click to enlarge It's warm in Hipster Australia but whatevs, bro, that scarf is eco-friendly and really breathable.
  • It's warm in Hipster Australia but whatevs, bro, that scarf is eco-friendly and really breathable.

Atmospherics: Slo-mo brooding; itchy bass; narcoleptic-turned-WAHWAHAH vocals. It starts out okay enough, then turns into four minutes of Gotye making sad faces and saying that his ex-girlfriend hurt his feelings because she didn't want to lay in the flowers at the park with him anymore or something.

Scientific Analysis: Look, Gotye, I get it: Breaking up sucks. But, dude, you're sounding like a real super vagina here. And super vaginas aren't scientifically accurate. Honestly, I'm not even sure what a super vagina is. I guess it might maybe be, like, a superhero that does a lot of Kegel exercises or whatever? I don't know. I know I looked through a science book for 45 minutes and the closest thing I could find was this regular vagina.

click to enlarge Regarding traditional, non-super vaginas, there is no mention of Gotye.
  • Regarding traditional, non-super vaginas, there is no mention of Gotye.
Incidentally, I also read about valence electrons because it was what came immediately after "vagina" in the book's index and when you're a scientist you just read about science shit for fun. I was surprised to find this:

click to enlarge Gotye3.jpg

It seems like an otherwise innocuous example of a chemical equation; that is, until you focus on the solely on the chemical formulas. Check it, yo:

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