Like so many artists before him who seemingly emerged out of nowhere to have an international smash hit single (since that’s such a common occurrence), Australian pop sensation Gotye has fielded more than his share of questions asking if he’s destined to become a one-hit wonder.
Given the overwhelming ubiquity of his quirky 2011 song, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” reaching Number One on charts around the world, the accompanying video became instantly iconic, spawning a litany of cover and parody versions from YouTube to all the way up to a Saturday Night Live digital short.
Now Gotye has taken to his Twitter account to cleverly answer the question of his alleged one-hit wonder status with a musical response courtesy of the satirical Australian musical comedy act, Tripod.
“Sometimes when journos ask whether I’ll mind being a one-hit wonder I sing this Tripod song in my head and smile,” Gotye tweeted, adding a Youtube link to the song “Theme From M*A*S*H Guy,” which humorously details Tripod’s efforts to secure the rights to use the theme song from the popular ‘70s TV show in their act.
“It’s all I ever did/It might be all I ever do/I sit in a room in a house/Built from the proceeds of the theme from M*A*S*H,” are among the lyrics of the comedic tune, an ironic look at life after such an overwhelming (and often only) hit single early in an artist’s career.
So while Gotye himself admits that “Somebody That I Used to Know” could very well be his only global hit single, his wry musical response shows that he’s just fine with the endless accolades (not to mention residual checks) that come with it.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local