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But after selling the song to GLEE, Gotye commented in how he was not happy with the production as reported by SPIN, liking it to "hearing it from a cardboard box." How could he not be surprised that the vocals were given the pop vibe as standard for the show about high school drama nerds? I'm sure he was paid handsomely for the handover too. Even though I watch the program to revisit my own high school musical days, it was a bit cringeworthy with the duo changed from a heated exchange between ex-lovers to emotionally challenged brothers (Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer of White Collar). Later in the episode, there was a similar feeling with the Givers' buoyant song "Up Up Up" flattened out almost beyond recognition. Yet when the show returned to decades old music in the recent Saturday Night Fever based episode, its audience wasn't as enthusiastic -- there was a vote of no confidence with a drop in sheer numbers. As for Gotye, he backed off his remarks in a recent performance as covered in The Hollywood Reporter, calling the whole thing "clever." Clever move indeed, but is it too late to quell the media backlash?