A Chilean site has called out Australian band Tame Impala for plagiarizing on their 2012 song, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” We listed the song as one of the top songs of the year, but the site points out that it is very similar to “Océano,” a song released in 1989 by Argentina’s Pablo Ruiz.
The accusation references the case of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” which turned into a famous legal battle that raised the issue of “unconscious plagiarism.” If you don’t realize you’re copying something, is it still copying? Or are we just reaching a point in time where almost all new ideas in music are variations of old ones?
For a comparison of the two songs, listen below:
*w/ Delicate Steve
November 9 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY*
November 12 – Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA*
November 13 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV*
November 15 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA*
November 20 – Royal Center – Bogota, Columbia
November 22 – Placina Espacio Broadway – Santiago, Chile
November 24 – BUE Fest – Buenos Aries, Argentina
November 26 – Circo Voador – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 28 – Popload Festival – Sao Paolo, Brazil