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You Won't Mind Getting 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Stuck In Your Head After Hearing This Beautiful Jazz Cover

Hannah Gill's sultry voice completely transforms Gotye's hit.

Remember when Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" was played incessantly on the radio a few years back? Artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, The Fergies, and Rita Ora covered the song, and characters on the hit TV show Glee performed it on an episode. Our founder, Ashton Kutcher, praised the music video in a tweet back in 2011, and it later became a popular meme. The song, which also features Kimbra, was everywhere at the time, but it's been awhile since we've heard it. 

In a refreshing new cover, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) gives the song a '40s jazz-style vibe. You might know PMJ from their popular vintage covers of songs such as Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again," Drake's "Hotline Bling," and their Motown-infused twist on Justin Bieber's "Sorry."  

The music collective founded by Scott Bradlee is always swapping performers. This time around, NYC-based singer Hannah Gill took on her first performance as part of PMJ and sang lead vocals. Her sultry, enviable voice completely transform's Gotye's number. 

"The 2011 hit deals with the smoldering embers of a love gone cold, as the lyrics reflect on the memory of happier times and the litany of wrongs that led to the end — exactly the type of sentiments that Peggy Lee expressed so memorably back in the 1940s in songs like 'Is That All There Is' and 'Why Don't You Do Right?' So it made perfect sense for Scott Bradlee to transplant Gotye's song to that era, and Hannah immediately channels that 'Fever' vibe on the finger-snapping, slow-burn verse that opens the tune here," PMJ's blog says. "She really gets to show off her pipes as the brass kicks in and she tackles the kiss-off verse sung by Kimbra on the original with a steely gaze that offers no doubt that the titular 'somebody' has been left definitively in the past."

Check it out in the video below:


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