Perhaps there would be none among fans of the Vancouver Canucks or Toronto Maple Leafs so petty as to include in their rivalry merits of song spoofs. The question could arise though over spoofs, or parodies, of Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know.'
Gotye's song, featuring Kimbra, was a huge hit in 2011 - it continues to get airplay - and is a lament for love gone away. With a parody of the song 'Now You're Just Some Franchise That I Used to Know' just put-up online by Leafs' fan, Andrew Damelin, an accountant, who wrote, sang and produced it, there's now an online spoof of the song directed at both the Leafs and the Canucks. The Canucks parody has more than 550,000 hits to the Leafs 75,000, but has been up for months longer.
Vancouver Canucks Gotye Parody
It was back in March when three Vancouver fans put up their parody, a little before the start of the 2012 playoffs (you know, Toronto, where teams compete after the regular season) and their song laments the club's loss to the Boston Bruins in 7 games in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.
It also looks forward to the 2012 playoffs, which of course became even more painful for Canucks fans after the team was eliminated in 5 games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion L..A. Kings. That parody, called 'And go Canucks go let's win the Stanley Cup' was written, performed and produced by fans Matt Dennison, Jason Lucas and Michele Chee.
Canucks and Leafs: Plenty to Lament
Both parodies have clever lyrics, no question, but it's arguable that Dennison, Lucas and Chee have paid more attention to parodying the movements of Gotye and Kimbra and their artwork is far superior, as is their vocals, which sound more in line with the haunting quality of the original. Not only that but Damelin uses a falsetto voice to do the Kimbra part, the Canucks parody has Chee, who is not only real cute but the best singer of the bunch.
The Canucks, at the moment, are easily the better franchise. After all, Toronto hasn't seen playoff hockey since Brian Leetch and Ron Francis were Maple Leafs (that's 2004, if you're keeping score). But with their 7 game loss in the finals in 2011 the Canucks may have seen this group's chance to win it all evaporate and they, too, may find themselves having to start anew in their Stanley Cup quest.
Leaving fans of both franchises plenty to lament in song.