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Tame Impala accused of stealing “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

A Chilean news site is accusing Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala of plagiarizing “Océano” from the Argentinan singer Pablo Ruiz. And it’s not an obscure Tame Impala song that sounds eerily close to this 25-year-old pop song, it’s their biggest hit at the moment: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”

The song is the second single from the band’s 2012 LP “Lonerism.” The album, and in particular “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” has gained Tame Impala critical and commercial success.

Tame Impala is yet to respond to the plagiarism claims, which were originally made by Chilean news site, Rata.

Don’t forget that only a few months ago Led Zeppelin was accused of stealing “Stairway to Heaven,” which sounds dramatically similar to Spirit’s “Taurus.” But Led Zeppelin and Spirit played four gigs together in the late ’60s, according to Rolling Stone, so it’s not that outlandish that something might have been picked up.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the plagiarism claims.

See photos of Tame Impala’s 2013 stop in Colorado below:

Tame Impala 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

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James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGarciaRH.

  • Lucas

    hahaha!! “eerily close”??? These 2 songs sound completely different! Perhaps there was some inspiration, but one sounds like a mexican pop song from the 80s, and the other one sounds like an indie, dynamic, and modern rock song..