The Less I Know the Better

Tame Impala

About The Less I Know the Better

"The Less I Know the Better" is a song released by the Australian rock band Tame Impala on 29 November 2015 as the third and final single from their third studio album, Currents. The song's accompanying music video mixes hand-drawn animation with live action and takes place in a high school, especially the gym and locker room, where a male basketball player suffers a broken heart. The song peaked at number 23 on the Belgian Flanders singles chart, number 66 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and number 195 on the French Singles Chart. In the U. S., the song charted at number 35 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The song, along with "Let It Happen", was one of two from Currents to reach the top five in the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 for 2015, ranking at number 4 ("Let It Happen" was number 5). 


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Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye

She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"

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Tame Impala

Tame Impala (pronounced /tɛɪm ɪmˈpɑːlə/) is a band from Perth, Australia; the psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker. They are signed to Modular Records. The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Innerspeaker. Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope. They like to see themselves as "a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody." more »

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Written by: Kevin Parker

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15 facts about this song

Genre Classification
“The Less I Know the Better" is a song by the Australian music project Tame Impala, classified under the Psychedelic Pop and Psychedelic Indie Pop genre.
Release Information
It was released on 29 October 2015 as the third single from their third studio album, 'Currents'.
Song Background
The song was written by Kevin Parker, who performed all the instruments and vocals.
Music Video Director
The song's music video, directed by Canada-based collective CANADA, became popular for its surrealistic images and story.
Billboard Chart Ranking
The song was a success on the Billboard charts, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and number 5 on the Billboard Rock Airplay chart.
Pitchfork Placement
In 2019, Pitchfork placed "The Less I Know the Better" at number 180 on the list of "The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s".
Song Theme
The song is commonly interpreted as a tale of unrequited love or as a commentary on the singer's battle with his thoughts regarding a love triangle situation.
Sample Usage
The song was sampled by the rapper Theophilus London in his track "Whiplash", which was also produced by Kevin Parker.
Upbeat Yet Unsettling
Although the song has an upbeat tempo and a catchy, dance-focused melody, there is a contrast with darker lyrics regarding romantic failure and betrayal which creates a unique kind of 'dissonant pop.'
Triple J's Hottest 100
In 2015, "The Less I Know the Better" was voted in at number 4 in the Triple J Hottest 100, an annual music listener poll hosted by the publicly-funded, national Australian radio station, Triple J.
YouTube Milestone
As of August 2021, the music video for "The Less I Know The Better" has accumulated over 500 million views on YouTube.
RIAA Certification
The song received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2019, meaning it had sold over one million units in the United States.
Memorable Bassline
The song is known for its catchy bassline, which was played by Kevin Parker on a synth rather than a traditional bass guitar; this bassline has been praised for its driving energy and unique sound.
Song Length
The recorded version of the song lasts for 3 minutes and 38 seconds.
Opening Lyric
The first lines of "The Less I Know the Better" are "Someone said they left together / I ran out the door to get her", which sets the song's scene of confusion, desperation, and heartache.

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