Over the past decade, Tame Impala has evolved from a musical project by Kevin Parker into globally successful psychedelic rock headliners known for their upbeat and electrifying live performances. Parker has produced all of Tame Impala's music by himself since their inception, while choosing to tour with 4 other band members for their live performances. Tame Impala has achieved success through their brilliant blend of genres that take inspirations from disco, pop, dance rock and surf rock, while staying unique enough to have fans craving more and more. Enjoy 5 of the best lyrics from one of Australia's finest, Tame Impala.
The lyrics to "Apocalypse Dreams" off of the 2012 album Lonerism read as an inspiring reminder to seize the day and motivate the ones you love to exhibit the same behavior. Parker's opening verse preaches to embrace the unknown of each day and to be prepared for that one moment that changes your life for the better.
"This could be the day that we push through
It could be the day that all our dreams come true
For me and you
'Till we're at the end of just another day
Are you too terrified to try your best?
Just to end up with an educated guess
Coming to terms with mistakes in life and truly trying to be self-observant of your behavior is a huge part of maturity. Some of us show maturity more subtly, but apparently Kevin Parker shows off his refined mind by creating a psych rock slow jam about it. "Cause i'm A Man" has remained a standout from the 2015 album Currents and is one of the most well known Tame Impala songs to date.
"You wanna know why I always think I’m right?
(Why?) I can never accept defeat and let it slide
(Why?) I have no voice if I don’t speak my mind
(Why?) My weakness is the source of all my pride
I'll tell you why
‘Cause I'm a man, woman
Don't always think before I do"
The opening track off of Tame Impala's debut album, Innerspeaker is a reminder that love is a mysterious game that, for some reason, we're all so eager to play. The lyrics here speak of a woman with purely selfish intentions that Parker can't seem to get over. The lines "(She) doesn't make friends for friendship's sake/ Her soul won't surface and her heart won't ache" portray a cold, emotionless person who can't even seem to maintain a healthy friendship with anyone, let alone a romantic relationship with Parker.
"And in all honesty, I don't have a hope in hell
I'm happy just to watch her move
And she doesn't like the friends that I make
Doesn't make friends for friendship's sake
She just gets bored sitting by the lake
Her soul won't surface and her heart won't ache"
Tame Impala's 2015 album, Currents, gets funky with this incredibly catchy song, "The Less I Know The Better". This song has arguably become one of the band's most popular, but believe it or not, it almost didn't make the final track list. According to Parker, the song "shouldn’t be on a Tame Impala album because it has this dorky, white disco funk”. Thankfully for all of us, this jam made the final cut and found its way into our dorky disco funk hearts forever.
"I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line""
Emotional evolution remains a recurring theme in the 2015 album, Currents, and that theme is definitely evident in "New Person, Same Old Mistakes". It seems as if Kevin Parker's growing maturity helped to take the band's musical output to new heights. In a 2015 interview about the release of Currents, Parker made a statement that we all can learn from in terms of improving our own creative output. The quote reads “In the old days I never would have dived down that rabbit hole. I would have peered up from the top and run low, maybe put an abseiling rope on the top and gone down a bit, not actually just like jumped off and seeing where I end up on the other side. And that’s kind of what I did this time.”
"Man, I know that it's hard to digest
But maybe your story ain’t so different from the rest
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you've got your demons, and she's got her regrets
And I know that it's hard to digest
A realization is as good as a guess"