Tame Impala Facing Plagiarism Claim Over Pablo Ruiz Song

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 08.18.14 in News

“Original” isn’t the first term one thinks of when listening to Tame Impala. Catchy? Sure. Fully aware of — and quite indebted to — the classics? Most definitely. FasterLouder (via the Chilean site RATA) has pointed out a parallel few could have guessed however — the eerie, some would even say uncanny resemblance between the central melody in Tame Impala’s biggest hit (“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” which has also been covered by Kendrick Lamar and Arctic Monkeys) and the main hook in “Océano.” That’d be the title track from the third album of an Argentinian pop star named Pablo Ruiz. The singer was just 14 at the time of its 1989 release, and while he’s still active — the 38 year old released his last record, Renacer, in 2009 — the last time Ruiz made headlines wasn’t because of a brand new single. It was due to Ruiz’s claim that Ricky Martin kissed him when he was 17 — an allegation Ruiz made just days after Martin revealed he is gay.

The moral of the story here then: Take this all with a grain of salt…