Video: Canuck-themed ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ parody features facepaint, moping

With Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” at the height of its popularity (seriously, I’ve seen it on every television show I’ve watched this week), I figured it would only be a matter of time before some group of hockey fans somewhere gave it the playoff parody treatment. Sure enough, the inevitable has happened, and the group behind it are citizens of Canuck nation.

This video is the product of comedy team IFHT, whose name is best left as an unexplained acronym (for the same reason B.M.F.A, Martha Wainwright’s debut single, was). In a nice touch, the team takes it one step further than just parodying Gotye’s song, also styling their video after his, with face paint, awkward standing and a pretty girl yelling in their ear:

Now, considering the way the singers spend this video sulking and frowning, I don’t think it’s going to help the reputation Canuck fans have as whiners and mopers. That said, this one’s still pretty good.

It would have been even better if they had committed fully to the Gotye video parody and done the whole thing stark naked. And for what it’s worth, breezing through the verses by just listlessly listing the roster is the equivalent of overusing the word “very” to meet an essay word count. (i.e, it is very, very, very lazy.)

I’m still giving it a pass because, lazy songwriting aside, it’s clear a lot of work went into this at the production level. The stuff with the paint is well-done, the camera work is effective, and the singing is surprisingly on-key (although the heavy Autotune is doing some of the heavy lifting there, and really, if it’s autotune and blue faces you’re into, an Eiffel 65 parody awaits you, IFHT).

So kudos, IFHT. I don’t FHT.

s/t to myself.

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8 comments

  1. obituary mambo
    April 15, 2012

    A Martha Wainwright shoutout? Nice. Of course, some acknowledgment should probably be paid to the fact that the song is about her dad who uses the same strategy with his longer titled songs (IWIWAL and TSMNWA to name but a couple).

    As for this parody, I can’t decide whether or not I like it. It seems unnecessarily mopey, which is just not the tone the team needs at this particular moment in time.

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    • Soniya
      April 15, 2012

      I’m normally not a fan of Canucks fans moping, but I feel like it works in this context since the original song was also quite mopey.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 15, 2012

      Woo! A fellow Wainwright fan! Martha, Loudon, Rufus, and the McGarrigles are among my favourite musicians of all time.

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      • obituary mambo
        April 15, 2012

        They all rule. Grey in LA has been a constant of late. I’d intended it as the Canucks making the spirits of the Kings and their fans grey, but now I think I might need to change that up.

        Bordering on despondency.

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  2. Kyle
    April 15, 2012

    Yeah, I came out with similar conclusions. From a production point of view, it was very well done. The singing was very lacking though. I’m just not a fan of auto-tune though — it sounds weird.

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  3. Lenny
    April 15, 2012

    I know Im in the minority but I actually don’t like stuff like this. If the players see this it will just put that much more pressure on them to satisfy the fans. If the players don’t see it then it’s just feel good stuff we do for ourselves. What for? I would rather have folks in Vancouver figure out ways to actually help the team win, like how to deposit rat poison in the visiting team’s meals, prepare pucks to throw onto the ice to stop the play when the Canucks are in trouble, more Green Men like people to distract the penalized players, laser pointers to mess with the goalie, obnoxious signs and verbal abuse thrown at the visiting team, etc, etc.

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  4. TubaNat
    April 15, 2012

    Still can’t believe how successful that song has been – well over half a year going strong! Melbourne music represent – on ya, Wally!!

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  5. Ablefish
    April 17, 2012

    Still like the Walk off the Earth version better. :)

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