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."