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Tame Impala make NME pollhistory

Tame Impala have topped NME’s long-running Album of the Year poll for their second LP Lonerism.

In doing so the Perth outfit have become the first Australian band in the poll’s 38-year history to top the list, beating out favourites including Frank Ocean, Grimes and the Mercury Prize-winning Alt-J. Not to be outdone, sister band Pond (which features Tame Impala members Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson) also cracked the top 10, coming at #7 with their fourth album Beard Wives Denim, while the Kevin Parker-produced album by French artist Melodys Echo Chamber came in at #16.

This latest accolade caps off a big few weeks for the band that included an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and their second J Award for Album of the Year.

Earlier this year, we predicted that Tame Impala were on the verge of something huge, following glowing reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and The Guardian, as well as high profile Twitter endorsements from Mark Ronson, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Grizzly Bear, Graham Coxon from Blur and Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator.

Beginning in 1974, the NME Album of the Year list is compiled by the music reviewers and independent journalists working for the magazine and Past winners have included Nirvana, Oasis, Beck, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and last year’s winner PJ Harvey.

Tame Impala will embark on a tour in December including dates in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, as well as an appearance at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria next week. Dates here.

NME’s 50 best albums of 2012

50 Purity Ring – Shrines
49 Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
48 The 2 Bears – Be Strong
47 John Talabot – fIN
46 Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
45 Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
44 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, mAAd City
43 Ratking – Wiki93
42 Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
41 Ty Segall – Twins
40 Polica – Give You The Ghost
39 Liars – WIXIW
38 TEED – Trouble
37 Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour
36 The Vaccines – Come Of Age
35 Metz – Metz
34 Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
33 Hot Chip – In Our Heads
32 Graham Coxon – A+E
31 G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer
30 Breton – Other People’s Problems
29 Mac DeMarco – 2
28 Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
27 Jessie Ware – Devotion
26 Spector – Enjoy It While It Lasts
25 Ariel Pink – Mature Themes
24 Merchandise – Children Of Desire
23 Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
22 Beach House – Bloom
21 Cat Power – Sun
20 Howler – America Give Up
19 Toy – Toy
18 Tribes – Baby
17 Grizzly Bear – Shields
16 Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber
15 Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
14 The xx – Coexist
13 DIIV – Oshin
12 David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
11 Django Django – Django Django
10 Jack White – Blunderbuss
9 Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
8 The Cribs – In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
7 Pond – Beard Wives Denim
6 The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
5 Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
4 Crystal Castles – (iii)
3 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
2 Grimes – Visions
1 Tame Impala – Lonerism

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Quicky said on the 27th Nov, 2012

Congrats to Tame Impala. They really deserve it!


sweet_sweet_tunes said on the 27th Nov, 2012

and not a single mention of Skyharbor's album blinding white noise? or Deftones newy? haha fuck off NME


MorningAfterboy said on the 28th Nov, 2012

fukn cher dey didnt even put limp bizkit in da top 50 ey


sweet_sweet_tunes said on the 28th Nov, 2012

congrats to Tame Impala though, new album is great


garthinho said on the 28th Nov, 2012

i saw them when they were in fetal form


sarcasm_mister said on the 28th Nov, 2012

was Kevin Parker stoned in the ultrasound?


deanoss said on the 28th Nov, 2012

Pond and Impala, both in the top 10!


VegetableLasagne said on the 28th Nov, 2012

they love jake bugg more then sex over there, especially nme. expected him to be higher

John Henry Eden

John Henry Eden said on the 28th Nov, 2012

This is actually pretty big news. Knew the album was great didn't think it would beat out some of those artists though! A week until they are playing here!


factotum said on the 28th Nov, 2012

what do you think? post your comment...


factotum said on the 28th Nov, 2012

this is the kiss of death


mondo22 said on the 28th Nov, 2012

Well I hope album 3 is even better and it isnt a kiss of death as you say.
Lonerism is in my top 2 albums of the year. It resonates with me so much


oldgregg said on the 28th Nov, 2012

I find them boring as fuck but I'm photographing tame impala next week and i'm quite excited because I think this will be the last time they'll be playing a venue the size of the forum.


MorningAfterboy said on the 28th Nov, 2012

Not twee enough for greggers. Can't make any good status updates from their lyrics!


oldgregg said on the 28th Nov, 2012

pretty much, what of it?


sarcasm_mister said on the 29th Nov, 2012

NME continue their Aussie love fest

As Tonedeaf just pointed out, 2012 marks the first time in 38 years of NME polls that an Aussie act has claimed the Album Of The Year gong.

Woo-fucking-hoo. It's about time! For me, the scene in Oz right now - spearheaded by Tame Impala – is easily the most exciting in the world. Hip hop aside, New York is still pretty dead - 'thriving' to the Tamla beat of a million shit Strokes rip-off bands. London creaked into action for the first time since 2002 in the past 12 months (step forward Palma Violets, Savages et al), but crucially the city still isn't quite there yet – those acts all need to deliver in 2013.

For me, it had to be Tame Impala what won it this year. 'Lonerism' is by far and away the best of the biggies (by which I mean Grimes, Alt-J, Jack White, The xx). But, like NME's Hamish MacBain (who explained as much in this week's mag) I voted it as my Number 1 tactically, purely to help an undeniably GREAT album do better than the rising tide of shite which always seems to infiltrate these lists.

My actual Number 1, which I knew was too small to stand a real chance of topping the poll, was Pond's 'Beards Wives Denim'. Tame are really fucking brilliant, but Pond are still better, basically. They're my favourite band of the year - they played the best gig I've seen all year (at SXSW), they've got the best frontman by miles (Nick Allbrook – Tame's bassist), probably the best guitarist (Jay Watson – Tame's keyboardist), the most interesting songs, and also the best riff of the year. In fact, were you to put a gun to my head and get me to order them one-to-five in terms of rock'n'roll greatness, I'd really rather enjoy it and probably bore you to death before you got the chance to pull the trigger.

But I digress. This blog isn't bemoaning the fact the band aren't as well-known as they perhaps should be. It's more about highlighting the brilliant scene emanating out of Australia at the minute. Tame come from Fremantle and the guys in that band – along with their excellent management label Spinning Top – are involved massively in much of the city's great music (indeed pre Tame most of them played in another brilliant but now defunct band called Mink Muscle Creek).

10 bands to look out for according to NME (basically every project that has branched out from Tame Impala)

1 Melody's Echo Chamber
2 Allbrook/Avery
3 San Cisco
4 The Love Junkies
5 Gum
6 Scott And Charlene's Wedding
7 The Growl
8 Felicity Groom
9 The Silents
10 Possum


berlinchair101 said on the 29th Nov, 2012

The Silents > Tame Impala

Yeah, I said it.


MorningAfterboy said on the 29th Nov, 2012

The Silents are still together??

Balthazar B

Balthazar B said on the 30th Nov, 2012

I dug Lonerism as album of the year until I heard Songs of the Third and Fifth...

I'll still be blunted and munted and diggin' to the max at MMF next weekend.


Mitchhh464 said on the 30th Nov, 2012

Im not obsessed with Lonerism, like I only have 2 copies of it on CD and the super limited deluxe edition of it...


oldgregg said on the 5th Dec, 2012

I have been drinking, but I am quite enjoying this gig.