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Tame Impala Accused of Plagiarizing Argentinian ’80s Pop Star

Mark Metcalfe

This situation for Tame Impala es no bueno.

After the Australian psych-rockers released their second full-length ‘Lonerism’ in 2012, they were promptly swept up in a wave of critical and commercial success largely on the strength of the album’s second single, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.’

But the five-piece are currently facing allegations of plagiarism after a Chilean news site pointed out the striking similarities between that song and ‘Océano,’ the 1989 single by then-baby-faced Argentinian pop star Pablo Ruiz.

Of course, Tame Impala songwriter Kevin Parker was only 3 years old when Ruiz’s song surfaced on the other side of the globe, but it’s hard to deny the songs have at least a little in common.

Take a listen to both songs contrasted in the videos below (via Tone Deaf) and let us know what you think.

Next: Tame Impala 'Lonerism' - Album Review

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