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Tame Impala accused of plagiarizing Argentinian pop star with “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

on August 18, 2014, 1:58pm

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, the second single from Tame Impala’s Lonerism, was released in late 2012. Its critical and commercial successful helped catapult the band to rock stardom, earned them placement in many year-end listicles (including yours), and even led to a cover by Arctic Monkeys and a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

However, now, the band is facing accusations of plagiarism from a Chilean news site, which alleges that “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” rips off “Océano”, the 1989 single by Argentinian pop star Pablo Ruiz. Though Tame Impala songwriter Kevin Parker was only three years old when “Océano” was released, the song does feature an eerily similar melodic structure to “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”.

Compare the two tracks in the video below (via Tone Deaf).

(Read: 10 Famous Cases of Alleged Music Plagiarism)

In other news, Tame Impala will return to the US in November for a string of tour dates. The itinerary includes some of the band’s biggest shows to date, including a November 9th performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Afterward, they’ll head to South America for a bit of touring. See the full docket below.

The tour comes on the heels of Tame Impala’s latest release Live Versions, which collects songs from the band’s 2013 show in Chicago.

Tame Impala 2014 Tour Dates:
11/09 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium *
11/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl *
11/15 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
11/20 – Bogota, CO @ Royal Center
11/22 – Santiago, CL @ Placina Espacio Broadway
11/24 – Buenos Aires, AR @ BUE Fest
11/26 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Circo Voador
11/28 – Sao Paolo, BR @ Popload Festival

* = w/ Delicate Steve

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Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I feel like everyone ripped off the blues. #sarcasmbuttrue

flavr1@hotmail.com
August 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm

NOPE.

Ruffles Arre
August 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

jajajaajajajjajajajajajaja xD no es plagio nuncaa!!… si así fuera la mayoría de las canciones están en 1 – 4 -5 y tendrían que demandar a casi todos los cantantes y músicos actuales.. por favor! xD

John Nesiba
August 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Tons of songs sound similar, this is not one of them

OH MAMA ELLOS ME HAN PLAGIADO
August 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

they thought no one would ever find out :O SORRY GUYS, write your own original melodies next time :/ OH MAMA ELLOS ME HAN PLAGIADO OH MAMA ESTOY BUSCANDO UNA ABOGADO OH MAMA ELLOS ME HAN PLAGIADO OH MAMA ESTOY BUSCANDO UN ABOGADO OOOHHHHHH OH MI MAMAAAAAAA :D

Anonymous
August 19, 2014 at 4:33 am

You sir, are an idiot.

Clark Beggs
August 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

What a non-story.

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

This is the stupidest shit ive ever read / heard.

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

No.

Erin
August 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I hear no similarities… if anything it sounds like Madonna

Matt Dolloff
August 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I guess the person who pointed out the similarities was joking around? It just proves how stupid the whole “plagiarism in music” thing usually is anyway. Sometimes songs are going to sound similar, the bands just have to deal with that.

Nicole Inostroza
August 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I totally agree

nobody
August 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

It was posted as a joke, the title is “Studies show etc.” and the article says that this was discovered at a round table with “musicologists.”
You’re not supposed to take this seriously at all.

VIva la pepa
August 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

meta impala ancha

VIva la pepa
August 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

al nombre se lo afanaron a pala ancha

VIva la pepa
August 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

kevin parker LTA

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

ahiero 100% ;)

VIva la pepa
August 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

rochos

Nadsat
August 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Estudios demuestran que nadie en su sano juicio plagiaría a Pablito Ruiz, a no ser que sea una mera coincidencia… Venga ya! jajajajajaj Kevin Parker escuchando esto???? jajajaja mucho peyote o lsd tendría que haber ingerido…

Mike Frash
August 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

click bait. proof: p4k picked this up

Dbo Slujj
August 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

CoS knows it’s a joke. They also know that it’s good click-bait to drive up their ad revenue.

Amanda
August 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hey, the whole thig is a joke. I’m from Chile and I’ll explain a bit. Pablio Ruiz was famous here too, but the people make jokes about him, that’s why the comparison with Tame Impala. The “news site” is only laughing of Pablito Ruiz. And it’s a bit old joke. Ha. Kind of interesting for you though. It’s funny indeed. Like your jokes making fun of the ones who are bored about Arcade Fire’s covers. And it works!

Alex Young
August 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I mean, OK, but at the end of the day, the two songs still sound similar.

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Well, yes. That was the whole thing.

Amanda
August 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

It was me. Not anonymous shit.

RANDALL
August 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

WTF? This is a joke right? Pablito Ruiz was a joke himself so why doing this? LOL!

NN
August 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

You realize this is a joke right? the name of the website can give you a clue (RAT)…Check the website, it’s all mock of everything and everybody

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

“The discovery happened at a gathering where musicologists analyzed songs from different eras”… what the hell kind of gathering is that?? haha this is a joke.

João Pedro Barile
August 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Winky Mc Butters
August 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Ah, this really doesn’t hold water. The melody is similar but the key change is different and it’s really obvious that they’re not aping this song. Hang in there, Tame Impala. Good grief.

Thomas Eric Lowe
August 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

lmao this is such a shit accusation, they’re such common chords, and the melody is just a coincedence, people who grab for things like this are the bane of the music industry.

Jim
August 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Or people could hear him as he’s coming up with it here: http://www.stereogum.com/1686209/hear-the-first-demo-of-tame-impalas-feels-like-we-only-go-backwards/mp3s/

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

ee loco no sean gorra! muerte a la policia!

Anonymous
August 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

JAJAJAJAJAJAJAA
Que asquerosa canción POP Argentina

mr j flo
August 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I really doubt this is true (maybe a coincidence), but if so, props to Kevin Parker for having such broad influences. #LongLivePablitoRuiz

Juan Kattan
August 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Hey !! Pablo Ruiz is Argentina, not Chile. The information is incorrect

Robert Palmer Plore (@R_PalmerPlore)
August 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

At least CoS is consistent in getting crap wrong.

Alex Young
August 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Yea, sorry about that. All fixed.

Matthew Urso
August 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

oh come on now

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