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Did an Argentinian child star “inspire” Tame Impala’s biggest song?

Pablo Ruiz (real name Pablo Maximiliano Miguel Coronel Vidoz) was 14 years old when he released the song ‘Oceano’ in 1989. The lead single off his third album, the track has long been relegated to the annals of Argentinian pop history. Until now.

While Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker would still have been in diapers on the other side of the world when the song was first released, a YouTube user – with a peculiar passion for both Antipodean psychedelia and retro Argentinean pop – has uncovered an uncanny similarity between the obscure hit and Tame Impala’s Lonerism cut ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’. It’s probably just a coincidence, but does Kevin Parker have a South American child star to thank for his most famous song? Listen for yourself below.

LISTEN TO THE FIRST DEMO OF ‘FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS

Tame Impala Vs. Pablo Ruiz

Pablo Ruiz performing ‘Oceano’ in 1989