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MGMT, formerly known as The Managment, are an American neo-psychedelic rock band from Brooklyn, New York. They started out making trippy, catchy pop music before becoming an equally trippy pastiche of 60s and 70s rock with Congratulations, and then moving on to more experimental and electronic- influenced music in their 2013 album MGMT.Albums:
Black Sheep Hit: Their three big hits are "Kids", "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel", electro pop tunes that sound little like their other stuff. The band themselves don't seem to mind, although they've made it clear they won't be making songs like those again.
Brian Eno: Depicted as a literal wizard of sound in "Brian Eno".
Dada: Back when Andrew and Ben were still in college, their "performances" would include things like erecting a tent on stage and smoking pot in it, or simply leaving halfway through the show while they played a prerecorded tape of their music.
Epic Rocking: "Metanoia" and "Siberian Breaks" are 10+ minute tracks that sound like 5-6 songs in one. "Flash Delirium" is a 4 minute track that sounds like 5-6 songs in one
Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Siberian Breaks" has three of these. The real ending is actually more abrupt than the fake ones.
Fan Vid: This is not the official "Kids" video, but it became big enough for the stars of it to have a cameo in the "Electric Feel" video.
Loudness War: In Oracular Spectacular they intentionally turned up the gain to get a "dirty" mix.
Mind Screw: The video for Flash Delirium practically embodies the trope. But just as much can be said of most of their songs' lyrics.
They Have Done it again with their new Album, MGMT. Beyond the first two Singles, "Alien Days" and "Your Life is a Lie", this album is much Darker and Droning. One song you could even mistake for a Legendary Pink Dots Song! Unlike Congratulations, however, this album seems to be getting more mixed reviews.
Odd Friendship: They've collaborated several times with French house label Ed Banger Recordsnote these guys, of all things. A supergroup called the Ed Banger All-Stars was even formed solely to remix "Siberian Breaks".