Parodies of Gotye’s hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know” are about a dime a dozen these days–the song is so simple, driven mainly by the use of a xylophone, that it lends itself easily to changing the lyrics. This most recent version, though, is the lament of a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs named Andrew Damelin.
Damelin, like many other Maple Leafs fans, wishes his favorite team could return to their past glory, recalling both their last Stanley Cup championship in 1967 and their last trip to the playoffs in 2003. He goes through a litany of personnel decisions that, in retrospect, look to have not been so beneficial for Toronto (Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel and Mike Komisarek are among those mentioned) and says that it’s time for team president and general manager Brian Burke to quit. A more recent decision, to trade Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for James van Riemsdyk after fans were promised Schenn would develop inside the Leafs system, is also mentioned.
In keeping with the style of Gotye’s video, which features singer Wouter De Backer with paint all over his body, Damelin is painted with Maple Leafs-related imagery including a “Hockey Night in Canada” logo and an intricate design regarding Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Final in 1993 versus the Los Angeles Kings. With the game tied at 4 in overtime, Wayne Gretzky high-sticked Doug Gilmour in the face but was not penalized. This left him able to score the game-winning goal not too long after that and has been a sticking point for many Leafs faithful.
Maple Leafs fans are artful in the articulation of their angst and complex feelings regarding their team. Check out the whole video here.