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Gotye remixes his own 'Somebody' spoofs, covers

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gotyemug.JPGUPDATED: Gotye is not only aware of the hundreds of spoofs and covers of his hit song, "Somebody That I Used to Know," he's remixed them.

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.

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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":

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