I have been thinking a lot about Graham Wright’s post about the ubiquitous Call Me Maybe since I first came across it. I can see in myself a lot of the traits he is describing and that is a little disconcerting (mainly, the dismissal and disinterest in insanely popular music). Most of that is due to taste, mind, but I’ll admit that I do tend to dismiss “radio-friendly” music without giving it too close of a listen.
So, Graham, I would like to publicly proclaim my love for Gotye. It is a bit of a different experience to watch a music video that has over 200 million views (almost four times as many as the Katy Perry video that youtube’s side bar suggests I watch next). But the song! The belted choruses, the playful bells! In practice I am not often a poptimist, but songs like this give me hope that music can become hugely successful through talent and skill, just as it should be.