Tame Impala dropped their Grammy-nominated, psychedelic-infused third album, Currents, last July, and Rihanna was listening. Rih was so into it, in fact, that she covered the band's song "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" on ANTI, the album she released a few weeks back.
Rih's take on the song, though shortened to "Same Ol' Mistakes" in the title, is a clone in every other way, including her replication of the ghostly vocals first laid down by Tame Impala singer Kevin Parker. But it didn't start out that way, Parker told MTV News on the red carpet at the 2016 Grammys.
"She was spearheading the whole thing," Parker said. "She just wanted to do something with the song. I didn't really know what it was." So he sent the song's fragments to Rihanna and her production team, then heard the reassembled finished product on ANTI the same time everyone else did. "It was pretty surreal."
Unfortunately, the band didn't get a chance to hang with Rih at the ceremony, where she was scheduled to perform, because she had to cancel reportedly due to bronchitis. But, hey -- there's always next year, when ANTI is up for Album of the Year. (Calling it now.)