In the future, there will only be three songs — Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” fun.’s “We Are Young,” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” — in the world, and musicians will be forced to not write their own material, but to cover those trio of tracks. On a constant loop, until the end of time.
AND THE FUTURE IS NOW.
Seriously, it feels like every seven seconds, a cover of one of those songs, whether they be performed by Harvard’s baseball team or the cast of a crappy TV show, pops up online. And now fun. — who belong in the same obnoxiously stylized band name hall of fame as !!! and tUnE-yArDs — have performed a stripped-down take of “Call Me Maybe” for a Dutch radio station. I bet Gotye was chilling in the bathroom or something, too.
Joking aside, it’s actually quite good (Nate Ruess’s voice sounds rawer than on “We Are Young, an effective way of humanizing a top-40 pop song), and solidifies something: “Call Me Maybe” is 2012’s Song of the Summer. This song is EVERYWHERE – don’t be surprised if you hear both your grandma and eight-year-old cousin singing the chorus at a minor league ballpark in late-August.