Elephant (Tame Impala song)

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Single by Tame Impala
from the album Lonerism
Released 28 July 2012[1]
Format Single, Digital,[1] Vinyl
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 3:31[1]
Label Modular Records[1]
Writer(s) Kevin Parker, Jay Watson[1]
Producer(s) Kevin Parker[1]
Tame Impala singles chronology
"Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?"
"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

Elephant is a song by Tame Impala. It was released on 26 July 2012.[2] Said lead singer Kevin Parker of the song:

Elephant is actually one of the oldest songs that I have, it's just been in the vaults this whole time. I'm not sure why we never recorded it before, but we were just playing it at a sound check one night and everyone in the band was like, 'We should just put this on the album', and so we did.

"Elephant" features a bluesier side of Tame Impala, heard more frequently on their EP, as the song was written around that stage. Because it was written around that time "Elephant" is "an anomaly on Lonerism. There are no other songs that have that bluesy riffing[4]".

The artwork was designed by Leif Podhajsky.



  • "Elephant" was used in advertisements for the Blackberry Z10[8] and in the second season finale of the HBO show Girls.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

  • "Elephant" peaked at #77 on Australian charts and #131 on UK charts in 2012.
  • As of September 11, 2013, the song has peaked at #9 on US Alternative charts.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tame Impala - Elephant". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tame Impala single 'Elephant'". Self-titled Mag. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tame Impala Stereogum Lonerism feature". Stereogum. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tame Impala SFWeekly Lonerism Feature". SFWeekly. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Hottest 100 - 2012 | triple j
  6. ^ "EG Music Awards 2012". FasterLouder. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zane Lowe's Hottest Records blog: Hottest Record - Tame Impala - Elephant". BBC. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ BlackBerry Z10 Commercial Ad on YouTube
  9. ^ Girls Season 2 Soundtrack List (2013) | Girls