Song of the Week 11/14: Somebody That I Used To Know, by Mayday Parade

I know what you’re probably thinking: Somebody else re-made that bleeping song? Yes, yes they did.

Every so often Fearless Records puts out a Punk Goes Pop album where various artists cover popular songs. You know, the kind you normally find on mainstream radio. This new record is bursting with them. And what better way to showcase bands on your label than with a song people may already know done differently by a band the many not? Brilliant strategy.

On this fifth installment, you’ll find covers of artists like Michael Jackson, all the way to Carly Rae Jepsen. The best cover songs take something familiar and give it a fresh twist, a different emotion, or re-imagine it altogether. This album is full of covers that do just that. And most of the bands have fun with songs you already know. What’s not to love?

Gotye had a massive hit by covering Somebody That I Used To Know, and now Mayday Parade are covering the cover. But it’s not what you think. This version features a light and poppy guitar track that at times crunches and builds to a full blown rock fest during the chorus. This song definitly takes on a whole new dimension with Mayday Parade’s bold choices. But don’t take my word for it. The song has been up for only a month on YouTube and it already has 1,373,831 views. Not too shabby, eh? Check it out and decide for yourself.

You can find out more about Punk Goes Pop 5 here. You can find Mayday Parade here.



  1. I’m sure you guessed this was my favorite cover of this song—well, parody cover:

    By the way, I really like this version a lot better. It has a lot more emotion, plus I like rock better than pop, so it just works for me.

    1. Sorry, by “this version” I meant the one you posted, not the Star Wars one. Although the Star Wars lyrics are what comes into my head when I hear the Gotye one. 😉

      1. How creepy is that George Lucas wannabe? *shivers*

        Glad you liked it. If you like this song, then you should check out some of their other songs. Stay is their latest single. I like it. The video is sad, but ends on a happy note.

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