Tame Impala hopeful of future Rihanna collaboration

Kevin Parker speaks to NME at the Brit Awards 2016

Tame Impala have discussed the possibility of working with Rihanna after the pop singer covered one of their songs on her new album.

Rihanna’s latest album ‘Anti’, released in January, features ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’, a reworking of the Australian band’s ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’, which closed their 2015 album ‘Currents’.

Asked by NME at last night’s Brit Awards if there were plans for another team-up between the acts, frontman Kevin Parker replied: “I don’t know about that, hopefully. I’d love to do something [with Rihanna] in the future. It’s just one of those things.” Scroll below to watch the video interview in full.


Parker explained of how the cover came about: “Her managers got in touch because she wanted to use [the song] on her album. She wanted to do something with it, [but] I didn’t know what it was. It was a bit crazy.”


He added: “I was flattered and complimented… I thought [the cover] was cool. It was amazing to hear that song ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’], which I always thoughts had a R&B edge to it… to have it sung by a R&B singer, it got what it finally deserved, by Rihanna no less.”

On whether he sees Rihanna track as being a gateway to his music for mainstream listeners, Parker said: “Hopefully. It seems that way already, from what I hear.”


Tame Impala won International Group at last night’s Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London. Responding to the win, Parker said: “It’s been pretty intense – definitely the most extravagant awards show we’ve ever been to.”


Parker also said that he hadn’t bumped into Rihanna, who performed at the event. “She hasn’t said hello – she was quite rude in that regard,” before quickly adding: “Obviously I’m joking!”

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