Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Reveals He Almost Gave ‘The Less I Know The Better’ To Mark Ronson In New Interview
Words by Riley Fitzgerald (@Riley.NF)
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‘The Less I Know The Better’ is Tame Impala‘s biggest song.
To date, the Currents single wracked up 453 million plays on Spotify alone.
Parker also recently shared that, thanks to some viral love from several thousand Tik Tok users, had become Tame’s first platinum-selling single.
“I gave it to Mark Ronson for his album,” Parker reveals in a new interview with GQ.
Fortunately – and not for his good friend Mark Ronson – he had a change of heart.
“But I took it back,” he adds, “I was putting off telling him that I wanted to use it for me.”
Having decided to do so, Parker found himself in a difficult situation.
“I was in America recording with him for a few days,” Kev shares, “[And] I was like, ‘OK now, [I’ve] got to tell him I want it for me.’ When I finally mustered up the strength, he was like, ‘Oh yeah, dude, I was going to say this song is yours. I feel like I’ve stolen your hard drive!’ He was thinking the same thing.’
One of Parker’s biggest fans, Ronson was the first person to publicly praise Tame Impala’s forthcoming album The Slow Rush.
“I don’t know if he regrets it now,” Parker concludes. “I don’t know if he knows how successful it is… and if he realized the song was going to be as successful back then. He’s obviously not exactly kicking himself.”
In the interview, Parker also emphasized his Beatle-like maxim of taking care never to make the same album twice.
“I could make ‘Innerspeaker 2.0’ in about 24 hours,” he contended, “because I know exactly how to. But I think that would sound really boring.
The Slow Rush will arrive on February 14th.
You can read the full interview here.
Tame Impala The Slow Rush North American Tour Dates
March 9 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena San Diego w/ Clairo SOLD OUT
March 10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum w/ Clairo SOLD OUT
March 11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum w/ Clairo
March 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center w/ Clairo SOLD OUT
March 19 – Mexico City, MEX @ Foro Sol w/ MGMT
March 21 – Monterrey, MEX @ Pal Norte
May 29 – Chicago, IL @ United Center w/ Perfume Genius
May 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum w/ Perfume Genius
May 31 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena w/ Perfume Genius
June 2 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena w/ Perfume Genius
June 3 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre w/ Perfume Genius
June 6 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena w/ Perfume Genius
June 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center w/ Perfume Genius
June 9 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena w/ Perfume Genius
June 11 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena w/ Perfume Genius
June 12 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 21 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 23 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 24 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center w/ Perfume Genius
July 28 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena w/ Perfume Genius
July 30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center w/ Perfume Genius
August 1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena w/ Perfume Genius
August 3 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center w/ Perfume Genius
August 5 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena w/ Perfume Genius
August 7 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre w/ Perfume Genius
Tame Impala 2020 National Tour Dates
With special guests Khruangbin
Tickets on sale 10am Tuesday, 28th January local time
Saturday, 18th April
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (All Ages)
Monday, 20th April
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (All Ages)
Thursday, 23rd April
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
Saturday, 25th April
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide (All Ages)
Tuesday, 28th April
RAC Arena, Perth (All Ages)