Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on legal threat from funk musician: ‘He thinks my drums are his sample’

Band's song 'Eventually' accused of sampling Skull Snaps' 'It's A New Day'

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has denied claims that he used an unauthorised sample on his band’s track ‘Eventually’.

‘Eventually’ features on the group’s latest album ‘Currents’, which was released in July. The drums from the track have been deemed similar to that of ‘It’s A New Day’ by ’70s funk group Skull Snaps.

Parker has revealed that he’s been contacted by a person claiming to be Samm Culley of the band with the person accusing Tame Impala of sampling the drums of ‘It’s A New Day’.

Culley allegedly wrote in an email to Parker: “On your song ‘Eventually’ you are using our drum sample from ‘It’s A New Day’. You have not cleared this sample with us. Our musicologist says it is indeed our sample. If we don’t hear from you in three days, we will file the necessary papers in court against you and the record company.”

Parker, who denies the allegations, wrote in an Instagram caption: “WOW unexpected compliment! The creator of the famous Skull Snaps drum sample thinks my drums IS his actual sample and wants to sue me for not clearing it! Haha!! Sam Culley you have 3 days to fire your musicologist. Anyone think this could be a hoax though?”

Pitchfork report that it “has been confirmed that it isn’t a hoax; it was the real Culley who contacted Parker”.

‘It’s A New Day’ has been sampled numerous times in the past, most notably by the Prodigy, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Depeche Mode.

Compare and contrast the two drum parts below.