However, after his last album Making Mirrors released in , Gotye pretty much disappeared in the music scene. Seven years has gone by and as far as the music world knows, Gotye has been pretty inactive. In the years since, and after Tim Heath joined, they have created nine albums. Their last one was released in On May 27 , , The Basics released a live album titled In the Rude, celebrating the band's year anniversary. Gotye fans will automatically notice the difference in their sound. While Gotye's voice is still used with The Basics, it is backed with heavy guitar and drums that give a rock and roll sound as opposed to the heavy electronic beats that fans are used to with Gotye. Fans will immediately recognize this as the classic Gotye sound featured in his solo albums. In , Jean-Jacques Perrey passed away. He was a pioneer for alternative pop and different rhythmic styles.
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The song received a positive reception from critics, who noted the similarities between the song and works by Sting , Peter Gabriel , and American folk band Bon Iver. In Australia, the song won the Triple J Hottest poll at the end of , as well as ARIA Awards for song of the year and best video, while Kimbra was voted best female artist and Gotye was named best male artist and producer of the year. It was the most commercially successful song of in Flanders Belgium , the most successful song of in Wallonia Belgium , Canada, Israel, the UK, and the US, and the most successful song of the s decade by an Australian artist in Australia. It is certified Multiplatinum in ten countries, including Diamond in Australia. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was covered by Canadian indie rock group Walk off the Earth using a single guitar played simultaneously by all five band members and by actors Darren Criss and Matt Bomer in the Glee episode " Big Brother ". The hit song's accompanying music video was directed by Australian artist Natasha Pincus.
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The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of his Dutch given name "Wouter" English "Walter", hence the nickname "Wally". Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics , who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer. As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In his teens, De Backer formed the band Downstares  with three of his high school friends, including Lucas Taranto who still plays in his Gotye live shows. In , his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency ,  so he could continue his studies at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. The first seeds of Gotye were planted when De Backer was given a large collection of old records. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, gave his then-recently deceased wife's LP record collection to De Backer.