Why That “Somebody That I Used To Know” Song Makes Me Cry**
August 9, 2012 2 Comments
For months and months I haven’t been able to get away from this song “Somebody That I Used To Know” by (having looked it up) ‘Gotye’. (Which, I assume, is pronounced the way a cop would say to a robber: “Got ya!”)
I finally figured out why this song’s popularity disturbs me so much: because it (the popularity) represents a cry for help from the younger generation that likes it.
People, while this is not a terrible song, it is also not a good song. It’s like something you’d find on side 2 of a below-average Peter Gabriel album. A Robert Smith side solo project between Cure albums. A Howard Jones B-side.
Yet the SWPL class of ’12 has made it their favorite song ever. This indicates a few things, but mainly this: they are so utterly deprived of actual good pop-rock music that they think this tripe is just great. In a world saturated with junk like LMFAO or whatever, they are so clearly starved, famished for genuine quality music that anything with even a single drop of ok-ness feels like nourishment to them. Hence, song-wise, it is the equivalent of seeing jaundiced skin, or bruises, or wrist-cut lines, on the people that like it: you feel like you should be calling Child Protective Services.
And that’s sad.