Tame Impala Face Lawsuit From Band Alleging Uncredited Sampling on ‘Currents’
Busy legal year for Kevin Parker
Earlier this summer, Tame Impala (Kevin Parker, really) released one of the year’s finest albums, the Essential Currents, which features the lovely, lilting song “Eventually.” Now — according to an Instagram posted to Parker’s account — the Australian outfit’s been threatened with a lawsuit for alleged sampling a 1973 song by a funk group called Skull Snaps (a band originally known as the Diplomats until 1970). Per an email sent by Snaps member Samm Culley:
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 [sic]
Though the email was sent from a Windows Mail account, it appears not to be a scam, according to Pitchfork. “WOW unexpected compliment!” Parker snapped back. “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?”
It’s not the first legal trouble Parker’s faced; last summer, the band faced plagiarism accusations from an Argentine singer.