"Gotye has become the first Australian act to top the United States singles chart since Savage Garden in 2000.Somebody That I Used to Know, featuring songstress Kimbra, is at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after selling a whopping 542,000 copies in the past week."
I can't believe he was playing the Woodford Folkfest just a few months ago.
I wrote a post about that day/night back in December,
Wednesday at Woodford
I never would have believed he would be sitting at Number One spot on the US charts in just a few months time, if you had of told me on the night.
Not because he is no good...because he is way talented, but he was on an independent record label and the odds of getting to No.1 in such a short time are astronomical, to say the least.
The funny thing is though, that I had no intention of going to see him play on the day.
I bought tickets to see Buffy Sainte-Marie play, and Goyte just happened to be headlining the day/night, so I stayed to watch, and I'm glad that I did.
I wonder why it is starved for airplay?
Could it be something to do with the political message I wonder?-)
If you get a chance to see either of these two performers live, do it.
You won't be sorry...unless you are a Bankster that is;- )
But even then, you still might like the music, anyway.
On a tragic note though, Greg Ham from Men at Work, a band that hit number one position on the US charts with the song Downunder, in 1982, died this week,also...possibly suicide?
He was extremely upset at having to sell his house after losing a copyright court-case over the flute riff in the song Downunder
(see You Tube clip below).
Men At Work flautist 'cut apart' by plagiarism case
And while talking about my day at the Woodford Folkfest and seeing Goyte.
The lead singer of Men at Work, Colin Hay was also performing that night and I caught about 20 mins of his show while walking back from Goyte's performance venue and past Colin's tent and then on to the car-park to head home.
Splendor in the Grass.