Tame Impala Plagiarism Claim Deemed a Joke, May Still Result in Lawsuit

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 08.20.14 in News

Earlier this week, we shared a plagiarism claim made by Rata over the similarities between the Tame Impala single “Feels Like Going Backwards” and Pablo Ruiz’s long forgotten Argentinean pop song “Océano.” Now that the news has gone viral — to the point where Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker asked Rolling Stone, “This is a joke, right?” — the Chilean music site is backpedaling, saying they were simply joking.

“We were at a party and had that idea,” explained Rata editors Raúl Álvarez and Patricio Pérez. “We never thought we’d had this impact, and we’re very surprised about it … Of course we think it’s funny, but we hope there are no charges against Tame Impala. We actually like them a lot.”

Sure enough, Ruiz is now considering a copyright infringement lawsuit against the band. “Obviously there is plagiarism,” he told ESPN Radio Argentina. “Not if you have done it on purpose or not, but there are seven bars that are equal to my song.”

The singer did provide Tame Impala one potential truce: the prospect of performing with them at the BUE Fest in Buenos Aries on November 24. Accidental publicity stunt anyone? Have another listen to the two songs below, along with a track from the Live Versions LP Tame Impala released last month…

Tame Impala tour dates:
11/9 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, Columbia – Royal Center
11/22 Santiago, Chile – Placina Espacio Broadway
11/24 Buenos Aries, Argentina – BUE Fest
11/26 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Circo Voador
11/28 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Popload Festival