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


“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