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Tame Impala — Elephant
Album: Lonerism
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Total ratings: 1092









Released: 2012
Length: 3:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well he feels like an elephant,
Shakin' his big grey trunk for the hell of it.
He knows that you're dreaming about being loved by him.
Too bad your chances are slim

And it's not like Mr. Shuck to get shy
when they ask him who is on top.
There must be something deep down in the dark down there.
But he's not too easily scared.

He's got friends but they got the fear,
Wouldn't care too much if he just disappeared.
Oh look, hey, there he is now coming down the stairs.

Here he comes...

He pulled the mirrors off his cadillac,
'Cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back.
He talks like his opinion is a simple fact.

Somebody grabbed his collar
He cried the whole way home
Nobody remembered a thing when they saw him again
That's how it is till the end.
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Nah, 3
 ploba wrote:
my hatred for everything this band has done knows no bounds

 
"Hatred"? Really? It's only a song. Chill. Now if it was Neil Young...well.
my hatred for everything this band has done knows no bounds
Very Floydian...not a bad thing
 Hannio wrote:
Reminds me of something from Primus, but I can't think what.

 
I remember now - Shake Hands With Beef.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Sounds kinda Lennon-y to me.

 

                                        So rate it a little higher ~

 
Sounds kinda Lennon-y to me.
A nice 'shifting of gears' in this song  
scaling down bassline reminds me of "Money" Pink Floyd...nice
Instant 7!!  ...and the songs only begun, it may rate higher...
More Tame Impala sir please
 Cannon wrote:
Love that line. 
 
Me too. {#Dancingbanana}
"He pulled the mirrors off his cadillac,
'Cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back"

Love that line. 
 vinylbob wrote:
The entire LP is very good.  

 
Sounds like somebody should get busy and upload a few more songs from this LP/CD/Album.
 aspicer wrote:
Love this track! Groovy, cool, fun, interesting...  {#Guitarist}

 
Agreed.  Reminds me a little bit of Metric.  
Love this track! Groovy, cool, fun, interesting...  {#Guitarist}
The entire LP is very good.  
First time hearing this and not bad, although the middle section sounds like the opening tune to Airwolf the 80's TV shows with Jean Michel Vincent!!
 misterbearbaby wrote:
I had to get up from lunch to see if this was Pink Floyd's  "Meddle" or "Ummagumma," or maybe a track from the video "Live at Pompeii." (which, by the way, is f*ing FANTASTIC - from when Pink Floyd was a percussion unit) - Couldn't quite remember which, figured those neurons must have gotten damaged and urinated away long ago. TAME IMPALA!? W.T.F.!?

I wouldn't say their drumming is 'rubbish.' Look at the White Stripes- now there's some drumming that despite being rubbish actually works quite well. Not every rock drummer is Bonzo or Cozy...  Wanna see some Satanically-deranged drumming? Watch the 1972 video "Led Zeppelin"- Bonham was the Animal God of rock drumming; one must see him to believe him.

Yes, it's still 1972, baby.

 
Seems bill sees the White Stripes match too. he played them next
Originale.  
maybe
I had to get up from lunch to see if this was Pink Floyd's  "Meddle" or "Ummagumma," or maybe a track from the video "Live at Pompeii." (which, by the way, is f*ing FANTASTIC - from when Pink Floyd was a percussion unit) - Couldn't quite remember which, figured those neurons must have gotten damaged and urinated away long ago. TAME IMPALA!? W.T.F.!?

I wouldn't say their drumming is 'rubbish.' Look at the White Stripes- now there's some drumming that despite being rubbish actually works quite well. Not every rock drummer is Bonzo or Cozy...  Wanna see some Satanically-deranged drumming? Watch the 1972 video "Led Zeppelin"- Bonham was the Animal God of rock drumming; one must see him to believe him.

Yes, it's still 1972, baby.
 midigitguy wrote:
Check out Todd's remix of this tune...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBaW1RyGUz8
or
 https://soundcloud.com/modularpeople/tame-impala-elephant-todd
 

 
Tame Impala also do a neat cover version of Todd's song "International Feel".
Check out Todd's remix of this tune...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBaW1RyGUz8
or
 https://soundcloud.com/modularpeople/tame-impala-elephant-todd
 
Reminds me of something from Primus, but I can't think what.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, where are these "mainstream" radio stations blasting out the Tame Impala? I'd like to meet them.

 

Probably not, but I don't even listen to radio stations at all except for WUSC and WRAS (who used to play Tame Impala before they became mainstream).  I think I was more referring to those blasted commercials and just assumed mainstream radio played them as well, but of course I would have no idea.
this song wouldn't be a 1/4 bad if it wasn't played every 10 minutes as a commercial for verizon
In the natural world, a tame impala is a dead impala.
 Zep wrote:
What is a "radio station?"
 
(muttering/growling) "All you young punk whippersnappers that have never listened to a real radio.  Why, back in my day ....."

(It's not that far-fetched, people.) 
 lily34 wrote:
i read the lyrics, too. i'm still unsure as to what they mean...
 
I have no clue, but I like them anyway.
 BillG wrote:
Uh, where are these "mainstream" radio stations blasting out the Tame Impala? I'd like to meet them.
 
What is a "radio station?"
One more retro sound. Reminds me some of Family.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I remember when I first heard this song I thought it was pretty cool.  Gawd that seems like a lifetime ago!  My fervent hope is that I will be fortunate enough to never hear it again.  As long as I don't listen to mainstream radio I should be safe.......right?

 
Uh, where are these "mainstream" radio stations blasting out the Tame Impala? I'd like to meet them.
For me, the way these guys play -- especially on cuts like The Bold Arrow of Time and I Don't Mind (Innerspeaker album) calls up lots of wonderful associations, from Black Sabbath and Sweet to Hendrix and T-Rex, and I love the way they stay in pretty much full-on Barrett mode the whole time...  I also think the cover's very Floydian -- the French palace (Versailles? or something like it) off-limits to outsiders.
I remember when I first heard this song I thought it was pretty cool.  Gawd that seems like a lifetime ago!  My fervent hope is that I will be fortunate enough to never hear it again.  As long as I don't listen to mainstream radio I should be safe.......right?
 unclehud wrote:
8.  Heard it enough times to decide, and read the lyrics.  (Is the "Lyrics" button a relatively new addition?)

Yep, I like it.

 
i read the lyrics, too. i'm still unsure as to what they mean...
I was planning on going to see them here in Richmond but the show sold out.

TI are big Todd Rundgren fans and they had him do a remix of this tune. 
Impala are known as the McDonald's of Africa since everything and everybody eats them.
Beth Orton is a drag! Never heard a singer with such a boring voice.....
8.  Heard it enough times to decide, and read the lyrics.  (Is the "Lyrics" button a relatively new addition?)

Yep, I like it.
Familiar and shameless copy of the descending and reoccurring riff in "Money" by Pink Floyd. 
Holy Clear Channel repetition, Batman!{#Eek}
 favrood wrote:
Beatles circa 1976 after a few listens of Wind and Wuthering...

 

There were no Beatles in 1976.
Texture and timbre and cool ...
i like it more every time i hear it for some reason. always grabs me.
How to copy five or six different bands within one only song ... terrible !
Beatles circa 1976 after a few listens of Wind and Wuthering...
The rest of the album not so impressive, this one though - hits me every time!
{#Arrow} 9


This Elephant?
https://youtu.be/gO60Gygw3W0


... and tonight Bill follows it with T Rex:  "Girl, I'm just a Jeepster for your loooooooove."

Nice. 
 joempie wrote:

Glad it's not Muse though... I like this song, you can hear the influences of Queens of the Stone Age I think, plus some typical glam influences. The rest of the album was not nearly as good I thought...

 
Yep. They came to our village. A bit lame really.
... as if beatles and pink floyd met and traveled in time to years later and found body in this delicious body called Tamed Impala
I am digging these guys - nice tasty reinvention of the past, injected with some new post-modern rock sensibilities.
Like early Floyd. But not as good.
Boy this one sure got old fast, but it had a lot of help apparently here too!{#Lol}
 nevar23 wrote:
The Beatles + Kasabian + Oasis?
 
You beat me to it.
I'm hearing Beatles + Suzi Quatro
And no, I'm not that old. ;-)
I don't know why, but this song makes me want to buy a Blackberry. :-)
this one gets played daily, it seems.
channeling T. Rex!!  love this tune from guys who probably weren't even born when Marc Bolan was stomping around in his platforms!
Definitely a very cool tune.
The Beatles + Kasabian + Oasis?
 daedalus wrote:
Ugh ! Gary Glitter...
 
I can hear that, too.
Every time I hear this, another layer, another nuance reveals and scintillates, making me like it even more...impeccable timing with the change-ups within this jamming gem, too!
Anybody want to identify the cover photo location?  Looks like some James Bond Bad Guy is throwing a hell of a lawn party.
Pink Sabbath.  {#Eh}
Muse meets ELP..
I agree this is becoming a little overplayed now, but man I love this song. Especially love the breakdown mid-way with the keyboards.
 richlister wrote:
What the Beatles should have sounded like.
 

Seriously??
LIKE!  Thx for turning me on to these guys.
Boris the Spider by the Who
 Proclivities wrote:

Good point, but this much more whimsical and fun than anything Sabbath ever did.

 
It's a cool song,and I agree with the whimsy part. It reminds me of Boris the Spider in that regard....
 gypsyman wrote:
I know. How about some Uriah Heep. Maybe from Magician's Birthday.
 

Yes!
but I like it! 
They played a shortened (unfortunately!) version of this mad jammer on Jimmy Fallon a few nights back, and THEY ROCKED! Good to see them: With Hofner bass and Rickey guitar (Beatles' gear), sporting groovy old-school rocker clothes and hair...FELT LIKE A FLASHBACK, FOR SURE — DIGGIN' IT IMMENSELY!
What the Beatles should have sounded like.
 lososs wrote:
played a bit too many times over the last couple of days though.. I know because I am starting to wear out the PSD button
(not that there's anything wrong with the song per se, it just doesn't work for me)
 

Tend to agree. Seems like I've been hearing this song everyday for the past week.
played a bit too many times over the last couple of days though.. I know because I am starting to wear out the PSD button
(not that there's anything wrong with the song per se, it just doesn't work for me)
Sounds like they lifted this directly from Doctor Who!

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 dig wrote:
Syd Barrett meets Black Sabbath. Love it!
 
Good point, but this much more whimsical and fun than anything Sabbath ever did.
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Beginning of the song reminds me of a song from Muse (don't know which, but a recent one).
 
Glad it's not Muse though... I like this song, you can hear the influences of Queens of the Stone Age I think, plus some typical glam influences. The rest of the album was not nearly as good I thought...
Beginning of the song reminds me of a song from Muse (don't know which, but a recent one).
Overrated band. Boring track.
 dig wrote:
Syd Barrett meets Black Sabbath. Love it!
 
Very interesting point....well done.
Just received the album last week. Played it all week-end. Thank you Radio Paradise !{#Sunny}
Wow!  Holy underratings batman!

Suffering from hipster fatigue I guess.


i like.
Syd Barrett meets Black Sabbath. Love it!
Ugh ! Gary Glitter...
Hey folks take my advice: never use a brush with thatmusic during having a shower! Sunday, bloody sunday!
 gypsyman wrote:
I know. How about some Uriah Heep. Maybe from Magician's Birthday.
 

Now that's a thought. Love Uriah Heep.....
Who knew? The "Dr. Who" theme has lyrics! {#Smile}
 Kanuffen wrote:
Anyone else having Black Sabbath flashbacks?
 
And, erm, Garry Glitter. Stompety-stomp! This impala doesn't sound at all tame - I'll bet it would kick lion arse bigtime. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 Kanuffen wrote:
Anyone else having Black Sabbath flashbacks?
 

Black Sabbath, but with Ozzy replaced by Paul McCartney?I rather like it.  
 coloradojohn wrote:

I have — and it is a good one!  This one, Why Won't They Talk to Me? and Mind Mischief are all pretty groovy rockers, but then there's Keep On Lying, which takes it to the level of downright trippy, and Sun's Coming Up is so out there it's a lot like Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast on Pink Floyd's Atom-Heart Mother...
 
Appreciate that response CO John! Thx. Looks like it will be added to the wish list....
I know. How about some Uriah Heep. Maybe from Magician's Birthday.
 dcdude wrote:
sounds like a male version of Goldfrapp... and that's not a bad thing.
 
Kind of like Goldfrapp meets Muse?
Doctorin' the TARDIS!
The great band name alone makes me want to give another few listens.  At first listen, it sounds like they are having fun.  I like that!
This is Black Sabbath. I don't care what ya say.....{#Crown}

Chord progression, organ, vocals, key, mellotron or moog.
Somebody posted a YouTube on another thread of these guys playing at Lollapalooza this year and they rocked. Great sound.
 blotto wrote:
strange.
 



..days indeed..
..most peculiar blotto..
 heathenchild wrote:
More sabbath!
 
Exactly what I thought......
Not really liking this one.  I'll give it a 5.
Love this soooo much!!!!!!!
Outside Lands Or Bust!
More sabbath!
 aspicer wrote:
I dig it! Others hear have described the sound quite well.  Anyone actually heard the whole album - is it any good?
 
I have — and it is a good one!  This one, Why Won't They Talk to Me? and Mind Mischief are all pretty groovy rockers, but then there's Keep On Lying, which takes it to the level of downright trippy, and Sun's Coming Up is so out there it's a lot like Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast on Pink Floyd's Atom-Heart Mother...
I dig it! Others hear have described the sound quite well.  Anyone actually heard the whole album - is it any good?
Im liking the mix of influences, its almost a recipe, I got caught in that "money" bassline run down!  nice.
 
sounds like a male version of Goldfrapp... and that's not a bad thing.
Good sound ... very Wolfmother like....
Anyone else having Black Sabbath flashbacks?
Black Keys. Tame Impala. Tomato ToMAto. We already have 1, dont need the other, take your pick.
 
I just can't get over how fun it is to discover this wild new group.  This ditty seems to me to be a delightfully trippy mix of shades of T-Rex, The Sweet, Deep Purple, Cream; lotsa Roots of Rock stuff pulsing through it, and the Black Sabbath vibe is really strong within this one! and I love how their stuff has such a madly bent Floydian texture and electrified Beatles vocal style. Thanks for keeping me turned on to good new stuff, RP!
It's got a good beat that's all I like about it.  It's really monotonous and slightly annoying otherwise.  I do agree with the Lennon reference from below too.
I think it wants to be "The Greenback Boogie" (theme from Suits) when it grows up.
This could have been a great psychedelic song circa 66-68....very cool that it's current.  Gonna iTunes this LP.
Dig that high-running bass line.
Me likey
stoner rock?
like it...
They caught my ear - I was expecting circa '71, not '12.  This would be great live.