Tame Impala is a Psychedelic Rock project led by Australian musician, singer and producer Kevin Parker. Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope, "Not so much domesticated, the band explained to FasterLouder, "more like, less afraid of things; not running away all the time." This is the first single from their second album, Lonerism.
Parker explained the song's meaning to NME: "It's not really a song about being a loner; it's a song about the bully," he said. "The guy who thinks he's great. The jock. You can imagine a real reclusive kind of guy who's a bit bitter about this guy who thinks he's great. Which is the opposite vibe of the loner, so it presents him in the worst light."
Tame Impala took home the Best Album award at the 2013 ARIAs for Lonerism. They also won Best Rock Album and Best Band at the event.
Kevin Parker suggested to Grantland that he is not a fan of the song. In the interview it is claimed that Parker "seems embarrassed by the empty-headed bluesy swagger of 'Elephant'" and the Tame Impala frontman is also quoted as saying, "It's a little bittersweet because, like, that song paid for half my house."