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Released: March 2008

Sure, ‘Electric Feel’ is probably the tune they’ll long be remembered for, but it was ‘Time To Pretend’ that really proved what MGMT had to offer. Y’know, writing songs about making money and marrying models, only to ultimately choke on your own vomit and die. But with lines like “This is our decision, to live fast and die young/We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun” and “I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars”, it was a strangely honest look the rock’n’roll dream everyone raves about. It was the perfect debut single from the weird world of MGMT. (RS)

How We Wrote 'Time To Pretend'
Andrew VanWyngarden
"They thought 'Time To Pretend' and 'Kids' would be big songs. When we wrote 'Time To Pretend', we were totally taking the piss out of the rock star thing. And all of a sudden that song was, like, a single, and we had to play it every day for … two … years. I'm not saying that 'Kids' and 'Time To Pretend' are stupid songs, but I think there's at least partial irony and sarcasm. Now we're 27. It's hard to keep that naive-19-year-old-at-college philosophy going when you're writing a second album.

When you're touring, you have everything taken care of for you. You see what it can do to people. People strive for that, where everything is taken care of for you and you don't have to think for yourself at all. That's not where we want to be. We got a glimpse of that and shrunk back. We thought, hmmm, I dunno. Let's write a really weird album." (Guardian)


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