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Tame Impalas Kevin Parker Admits Listening To Bee Gees On Drugs

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala says that taking drugs and listening to the Bee Gees inspired the band's latest album. He tells the Guardian that a combo of mushrooms, coke and "Staying Alive" helped him find his way.


Kevin Parker of Tame Impala says that taking drugs and listening to the Bee Gees inspired the band's latest album. He tells the Guardian that a combo of mushrooms, coke and "Staying Alive" helped him find his way.

"I was in LA a few years ago and for some reason we'd taken mushrooms, it must have been the end of our tour," he recalls.

"I was coked up as well, and a friend was driving us around LA in this old sedan. He was playing the Bee Gees and it had the most profound emotional effect. I'm getting butterflies just thinking about it. I was listening to 'Staying Alive,' a song I've heard all my life. At that moment it had this really emotive, melancholy feel to it. The beat felt overwhelmingly strong and, at that moment, it sounded pretty psychedelic. It moved me, and that's what I always want out of psych music. I want it to transport me."

Tame Impala's Currents lands July 18.

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