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Gotye hits Hollywood: 'Glee' diss is clarified, Madonna too

April 24, 2012|By Matt Donnelly
  • Gotye performs during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
Gotye performs during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and… (Chris Pizzello / Associated…)

In the case of Gotye, as with most any rock-star import for that matter, it's a charming ritual to watch him cope with understanding U.S. media obsessions.

Like when the Australia-based "Somebody That I Used to Know" singer dared open his mouth in criticism of the download-driving "Glee" machine and its handling of his hit, calling the show's cover of the tune "dry."  

Outlets widely reported the comment as a diss, but Gotye told the Ministry a different story after a jam session Tuesday at the Sayers Club for Los Angeles radio station KYSR-FM 98.7. 

"You know, God forbid you try to dissect something at any length," he said with a laugh, "and people just want the sound bite. You have to avoid thinking in sound bites."

Onstage, Gotye emphasized that his analysis of the "Glee" tribute, sung by cast member Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer, had been musical and not cultural, and further bemoaned the importance of context. 

He recounted the tale of an Aussie journalist who "very confidently said I chose my name because of a childhood obsession with Madonna's conical bra, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier." 

The Belgian-born artist -- real name Wally De Backer -- and the crowd, which included Rumer Willis, Lauren Conrad and "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, laughed at the similar-sounding names, but Gotye maintains he keeps his distance from talking about designer Jean Paul. 

But about that cone bra: Is he obsessed?

"Not yet, " he said.  


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