Perth’s Tame Impala Claim Hottest Top Spot

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Harry Hawker, Reporter

Perth psychedelic music project, Tame Impala, claimed victory in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the decade with 2015 hit The Less I Know the Better.

The winning group charted four times in the countdown, also claiming numbers 26, 65 and 66.

Hot favourite to win the competition, Covered in Chrome by Queensland based Violent Soho, managed just fourth, and was the group’s only entry in the entire top 200.

Australian acts made up just under half of the top 100, but also claimed eight of the top ten.

Despite being voted the “best song of the decade”, Tame Impala has never won a Hottest 100 countdown before – the winning song only reached number four in its year of release.

This was also the first time an artist from WA topped a Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown.

James Hall, an Edith Cowan University specialist in media and cultural studies, specialising in popular music, welcomed the musical uprising this represents in WA, and in Australia as a whole.

“It’s clearly a nice little boost for the reputation of WA music, but it’s more of a boon for Australian music.”

He also said Australian audiences have always had a sense of “cultural cringe”.

“[But] there certainly seems to be a stronger level of acceptance these days, people are very willing to embrace local music when they can find it.”

It’s been an important decade for the music industry and culture as we know it.

Hall said the band has made its contribution to an “Australian sound”.

“The impact of Australian music over the last 10 years will really become apparent in the next 10, as those artists and sounds start to influence new generations of music artists.”