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Song Premiere: Tame Impala, ‘Elephant’ (Todd Rundgren Remix)

Australian psych-rockers offer thumping new version of single

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Click to listen to Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant (Todd Rundgren Remix)’

Australian psychedelic and classic rock-indebteded group Tame Impala are gearing up for the release of their second LP, Lonerism, out October 9th on Modular Recordings (and available for pre-order here). While first single “Elephant” easily worms its way into your brain on its own, Todd Rundgren lends a thumping touch to his remix of the cut, which you can check out exclusively here.

So we got back from tour one day, and Jay pulled this purpley weird looking record out of his bag that he got from some record shop in some place I don’t even know,” frontman Kevin Parker says. “And he was telling me about it as I was walking upstairs but I wasn’t really listening as I was kind of tired and jetlagged . . . something about the guy from the Nazz’s solo thing . . . Anyway a few minutes later I heard some kind of cosmic-ness going on downstairs, I resisted a few more minutes but the cosmic-ness continued so I pulled myself downstairs to see Jay with this look on his face like he’d just had his tits blown. Turns out he had indeed just has his tits blown. A few minutes later I had my tits blown too. The song was “International Feel” from the album A Wizard a True Star by Todd Rundgren. So from that day we were Todd Rundgren slaves. Fast forward like four years or something and Glen from our record label said he had agreed to do a remix of our new song “Elephant,” which make me go pretty batty. So that’s how that all happened. Enjoy!”

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