30 Thrilling Facts About Tame Impala Every Fan Must Know

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Tame Impala, the psychedelic music project of Kevin Parker, the Australian singer, has made a mark in the musical industry with the albums “Innerspeaker,” “Lonerism” and “The Slow Rush.” For Tame Impala, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project's music. As for the touring acts, the members include Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). Here are some really interesting facts about the group that will blow your mind:

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  1.  "The Less I Know the Better" single from “The Slow Rush” was voted number one in Triple J's Hottest 100 of the Decade on March 14, 2020. This marks the first time Tame Impala had attained #1 in any Hottest 100.
  2.  The second album “Lonerism” became the first Australian album to win the UK magazine NME's Album of the Year Award. It was also voted as #1 overall in Rolling Stone, Triple J, NME, Filter, Urban Outfitters, FasterLouder and Obscure Sound's 2012 Album of the Year polls.
  3.  Tame Impala won the 2012 J Award for Australian Album of the Year in November 2012, marking the second time the band won the award. With this, they became the first band to win the J Award more than once.
  4.  On November 29, 2010, their debut album "Innerspeaker" won the Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honor, winning the J Award for Album of the Year.
  5.  The albums – “Innerspeaker” and “Lonerism,” won the Album of the Year award by Rolling Stone, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
  6.  The origins of the Tame Impala can be found in the music scene of Perth, Australia, with Parker playing in several bands including the rock duo Dee Dee Dums.
  7.  However, Tame Impala emerged in 2007, specifically as a Kevin Parker home-recording project, when he posted a number of tracks on Myspace.
  8.  This created interest among a number of labels, who offered to sign him and he eventually signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008.
  9.  In order to transfer his recordings to a live-stage, he enlisted the help of Dominic Simper for bass and Jay Watson for drums.
  10.  Tame Impala started playing at some local gigs, and soon released their self-titled EP, in September 2008.
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  12.  The EP reached number 1 position on the Australian Independent Record Labels Chart and number 10 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart.
  13.  Three songs in the EP - "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass of Wine", and "Skeleton Tiger" received national radio airplay on the Triple J radio station.
  14.  In the year 2008, the band went on tours supporting You Am I, The Black Keys, Yeasayer and MGMT, while also performing at Southbound Festival, Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival.
  15.  The next year, they had a sold-out six-date "Skeleton Tiger" national headline tour and a five-date UK tour, along with their performances at V Festival.
  16.  In 2008, Tame Impala appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 list, with "Half Full Glass of Wine" at number 75, marking their first appearance on the list.
  17.  The single "Half Full Glass of Wine" was used in HBO's popular television series “Entourage” as the closing song for an episode.
  18.  Their first single, "Sundown Syndrome", was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK, with recording engineer Liam Watson in March 2009, during their UK Tour.
  19.  "Sundown Syndrome" was released digitally with a cover of "Remember Me" by DJ Blue Boy. The single appeared at number 78 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009.
  20.  The single "Sundown Syndrome" was also included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right.
  21.  In August 2009, the band headlined the inaugural "Rottofest" an annual comedy, film and music festival held on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia.
  22. Tame Impala"Tame Impala" by rtppt is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  23.  The band's debut album "Innerspeaker" was officially released on May 21, 2010 with UK released scheduled for June 28, and US release scheduled for June 8.
  24.  However, iTunes accidentally made the album available for purchase on May 12, 2010. The album was released to general and critical acclaim, with Pitchfork naming it Best New Music.
  25.  The group toured in mid-2010, commencing the Innerspeaker album tour on May 13, 2010 as the opening act for MGMT's 2010 American tour.
  26.  Around this, in an interview with Triple J, he stated that the band's second album is almost complete and that he is too excited about it. It was just a couple months after the release of "Innerspeaker."
  27.  Tame Impala received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which included, "Album of the Year" and "Best Rock Album" for "Innerspeaker," "Best Group" and also "Breakthrough Artist."
  28.  Tame Impala's second album "Lonerism" was released in 2012. Similar to "Innerspeaker," Parker recorded the majority of the album by himself, at his home in Perth, Western Australia. Parts of the recording also occurred in Parker's home studio in France.
  29.  During his time in France, he produced and played on the self-titled dream pop album Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French singer Melody Prochet.
  30.  Parker appeared on The Weeknd's album “After Hours,” producing and providing background vocals on a track called "Repeat After Me (Interlude)" in March 20, 2020.
  31.  Tame Impala's first U.S. feature appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 82nd issue, in September 2012.
  32.  At the 2020 ARIA Music Awards in November, Tame Impala won a further five trophies: Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year for The Slow Rush.
  33.  Tame Impala Net Worth: $10 Million

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