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Gotye on World Cafe | June 22, 2012

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Gotye (a.k.a. Wouter "Wally" De Backer) has become an international pop star on the strength of his new album, Making Mirrors. The poppy collection includes "Somebody That I Used To Know," which has topped the charts in six countries and hit the Top 20 in 14 others. There's something hauntingly relatable and undeniably catchy about the insightful, ubiquitous break-up song.

Making Mirrors was a breakout release for Gotye, but it's not his first time around the block. Born in Belgium but raised in Australia, the bilingual multi-instrumentalist began playing drums, piano and other instruments as a child. He started a band in his teens, started another in college and released three albums during that time. Given Gotye's bold, quirky and vivid songwriting, he's looking to stick around for a while, too.

This segment originally aired on April 13, 2012. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Dr. John "Locked Down" Locked Down
Polica "Dark Star" Give You the Ghost
Sting "Heavy Cloud, No Rain" Ten Summoner's Tales
((Gotye "Easy Way Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Making Mirrors
Gotye "State of the Art" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gotye "Easy Way Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gotye "Eyes Wide Open" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Gotye "Eyes Wide Open" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bob Marley & the Wailers "Waiting In Vain" Exodus
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale EP
((Yeasayer "Worms" All Hour Cymbals))

HOUR 2

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames "Hoping Machine" New Multitudes
Albert King "Born Under a Bad Sign" The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968
RL Burnside "Bad Luck City" Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
David Bowie "Friday On My Mind" Pin Ups
Big Star "Thirteen" #1 Record/Radio City
((Miike Snow "Sans Soleil" Miike Snow))
Dr. Dog "Warrior Man" Be the Void
John Kongos "He's Gonna Step On You Again" Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 6
The Black Keys "Gold On the Ceiling" El Camino
The Smithereens "Blood & Roses" Especially For You
Free Energy "Electric Fever" Love Sign
((Hoots And Hellmouth "Dishpan Hands" The Holy Open Secret))
Justin Townes Earle "Look the Other Way" Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Lone Justice "Ways to be Wicked" Lone Justice
Translator "Un-Alone" Everywhere That We Were: The Best of Translator
The War On Drugs "Baby Missiles" Slave Ambient
((Burial "Homeless" Untrue))