As he hinted to the Sun-Times in an interview last week, this weekend the Belgian-Australian singer unveiled his own YouTube response to the trend: a lengthy remix of the most musically interesting ones.
"Reluctant as I was to add to the mountain of interpretations of 'Somebody That I Used To Know' out there online," Gotye wrote on his website, "I couldn't resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered. "
The fan-made versions of Gotye's springy single range from a straight-up klezmer version to the send-up sci-fi lament "The 'Star Wars' That I Used to Know."
"My favorite may be a solo guitarist called Mike Dawes," Gotye told the Sun-Times. "He's got these incredible, alien-like fingers all over the acoustic guitar. There's also a metal one that's pretty hilarious. Full shredding -- I loved it."
Here's Gotye's remix, plus some of the other spoofs and covers...
Gotye brings his tour through Chicago Aug. 24 at the Charter One Pavilion.
Mike Dawes' cover:
"The 'Star Wars' That I Used to Know":
Comedy spoof by "The Key of Awesome":
Heavy metal cover:
"The Kobe That I Used to Know":