If you like your Glee episodes extra handsome, roiling with family tension, and featuring a wildly popular tune from a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter, great news! Glee's upcoming "Big Brother" series' spring premiere includes all of these things, with Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer putting a brotherly spin on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know."
The episode airs on April 10th, but thanks to Fox's wily marketing execs, there's no need to wait to experience Glee's Gotye cover—the full performance is available online.
Matt Bomer guest stars on the episode as Cooper Anderson, the older brother of Darren Criss's Blaine. Apparently the siblings have a few issues to work out, and they naturally burst into song in order to air their grievances. Man, these guys don't even need each other's love … but they treat each other like strangers! And that feels so rough.
Interestingly enough, it seems it was Bomer's suggestion to use Gotye's song on the show that won him a guest spot:
I had heard the Gotye song and I asked [series co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] if he ever thought of using that as a duet on the show. And he said he had. And then a week later I got a text from him asking me if I wanted to come on the show to sing it.
Take a look at the Anderson brothers in action:
My two cents: it's a creative take on the now-familiar lovelorn duet, and the lyrics actually work really well within this new brother-vs-brother context—but I don't love it. There are just too many cheesy facial expressions happening here, like the two of them are in a scenery-chewing competition and their only weapons are EYEBROWS. Plus, their voices are missing that angsty howl I love in the original.
Whether or not you dig this version, I'm sure it's great news for Gotye. He may have been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 consecutive weeks and racked up over 119 million views on YouTube, but when your song gets covered on Glee, that's when you've TRULY arrived. Or, depending on your point of view, that's the exact point when you become overexposed.
What do you think of Glee's Gotye cover? Are you a fan?
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