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“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).
Parker stated that “The Less I Know the Better” originated from his love of disco:
“ That song originally I thought shouldn’t be on a Tame Impala album, because it has this dorky, white disco funk. I wouldn’t call it cheesy, but it’s not trying to be too cool, because the lyrics are pretty dorky and the groove is pretty dorky. But at the same time, for me, I love that kind of music. I don’t know why, but I’ve been obsessed with disco for the last year or two. ”
According to Parker, recording the song became obsessive. He recalled performing over 1,057 partial vocal takes for either “The Less I Know the Better” or the album’s second single, “‘Cause I’m a Man”, though he could not recall which.