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Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better

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Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better

Song

"The Less I Know the Better" is a song released by the Australian rock band Tame Impala on 29 November 2015 as the fourth and final single from their third studio albumCurrents. The song's accompanying music video mixes hand-drawn animation with live action and takes place in a high school, especially the gym and locker room, where a male basketball player suffers a broken heart.

Background

Parker stated that "The Less I Know the Better" originated from his love of disco:

That song originally I thought shouldn't be on a Tame Impala album, because it has this dorky, white disco funk. I wouldn't call it cheesy, but it's not trying to be too cool, because the lyrics are pretty dorky and the groove is pretty dorky. But at the same time, for me, I love that kind of music. I don't know why, but I've been obsessed with disco for the last year or two.

According to Parker, recording the song became obsessive. He recalled performing over 1,057 partial vocal takes for either "The Less I Know the Better" or the album's second single, "'Cause I'm a Man", though he could not recall which.

Music video

The official music video for the song was uploaded on 29 November 2015 to the group's Vevo channel. Video follows a male high school basketball player lusting after a cheerleader, who soon begins a relationship with the team's gorilla mascot (named "Trevor", a reference to the lyric "She was holding hands with Trevor" in the song).

It was filmed by the Barcelona-based creative collective and directors known as Canada. The two primary lovebirds in the video are played by Spanish actors: the cheerleader is portrayed by actress Laia Manzanares; the basketball player by actor Albert BarĂ³.

Lars Brandle of Billboard described it as "a strange tale of high school lust and jealousy (and King Kong) played out in a technicolor trip", while Luke Saunders of Happy Mag called it a "seriously incredible experience".


Album

Currents è il terzo album in studio del gruppo rock psichedelico australiano Tame Impala, pubblicato nel luglio 2015.


Artist

Tame Impala sono un gruppo musicale formatosi a Perth, in Australia. Il gruppo è sostanzialmente il progetto solista del chitarrista e cantante Kevin Parker, che produce, suona e arrangia ogni album.

Il loro nome è collegato all'impala, un'antilope di medie dimensioni che vive in Africa. La band, nel cui sound si ritrovano numerose influenze, si definisce come «rock band hypno groove dal continuo fluire psichedelico che enfatizza una melodia onirica».

Video

Lyrics

Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever

Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better

The less I know the better

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye

She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind

I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line" (x3)

Testo

Qualcuno ha detto che sono andati via insieme
Corsi fuori dalla porta per prenderla
Si stava tenendo per mano con Trevor
Non la più bella sensazione di sempre

Disse: "Mettiti insieme
Dovresti tentare la fortuna con Heather"
Poi ho sentito che dormivano insieme
Oh, meno lo so, meglio è

Meno so meglio è

Oh amore mio, non ti vedi al mio fianco?
Nessuna sorpresa quando sei sulla sua spalla come ogni notte
Oh amore mio, non vedi che sei nei miei pensieri?
Non supporre che potremmo convincere il tuo amante a cambiare idea
Quindi addio

Ha detto: "Non è ora o mai più
Aspetta dieci anni, staremo insieme"
Dissi: "Meglio tardi che mai
Solo non farmi aspettare per sempre"
Non farmi aspettare per sempre
Non farmi aspettare per sempre

Oh amore mio, non ti vedi al mio fianco?
Non credo che potresti convincere il tuo amante a cambiare idea

Stavo andando bene senza di te
Finché non ho visto la tua faccia, ora non posso cancellare
Cedere a tutte le sue cazzate
È questo quello che vuoi, è questo quello che sei?
Stavo andando bene senza di te
Finché non ho visto i tuoi occhi allontanarsi dai miei
Oh, dolcezza, dove lui vuole che tu sia
Disse: "Dai Superman, dì la tua stupida cazzata" (x3)




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