Tame Impala Totally Remake Michael Jackson's 'Stranger in Moscow'

Aussie psych-rockers spread their wings on the 'HIStory' slow jam

Tame Impala, Michael Jackson,
Strangers in the night: Tame Impala Photo by David Andrako for SPIN
Marc Hogan

Tame Impala can make just about anything sound like Tame Impala. Early last year, the Australian band deftly took OutKast's "Prototype" into their introspective psych-rock realm. Now, coincidentally or not with Russia in the headlines, they have covered "Stranger in Moscow," a sloooooow jam from Michael Jackson's 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I that addresses what the pop star describes in the lyrics as his "swift and sudden fall from grace." Transported to the misty headspace of Lonerism and Innerspeaker the song could almost be mistaken for an O.G. Tame Impala song. Feeling like a stranger in a strange place comes naturally to them. And once again, it suits them.


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