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Fun. and Hayley Williams Pair Up for Gotye Cover

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As acts that seemingly came out of nowhere to score the year’s two biggest hits so far, fun. and Gotye have a lot in common. The guys of fun. have paid tribute to their fellow chart-topper with a cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore.

The song was recorded for fun.’s appearance in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Though it sounds like the singers were in the same studio, the network reports that fun. were near London, while Williams sang her part from back in Los Angeles.

The fun. cover keeps it simple with a piano intro and acoustic guitar instrumentation throughout. Gotye called the ‘Glee’ cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ “dinky” and “wrong,” so we’re curious to hear what he thinks of the fun. and Williams version of his song. To our ears, it sounds a bit less emotional than the original, probably because of the polished vocals of fun. singer Nate Ruess.

Gotye’s original recording with Kimbra has now spent five weeks at No. 1 in the U.S., one week short of the six-week run of fun.’s ‘We Are Young.’

Listen to fun. and Hayley Williams’ ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’

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