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MGMT, formerly known as The Management, 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, before (somewhat) returning full circle to catchy pop with 2018's Little Dark Age.




  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe: the "It's Working" video appears to be about a machine that generates Big Lipped Alligator Moments.
  • Break-Up Song: "She Works Out Too Much":
    The only reason it didn't work out
    Was he didn't work out enough
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The "mystic referee" in "Metanoia" is not God, but Carl Jung.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In a sense, their entire career. "Kids" and "Time to Pretend" were originally written as send-ups of pop music, but both songs led to the band signing to a major label and becoming massive hits in the process.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:"Me and Michael" seems to be about the concept.
  • 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.
  • New Media Are Evil: "She Works Out Too Much" and "TSLAMP" (short for "Time Spent Looking At My Phone") delve into the alienating effects of social media and smartphones respectively.
  • New Sound Album:
    • Congratulations dropped the electropop from their first album in favor of 60's and 70's-influenced Psychedelia.
    • MGMT, beyond the first two singles, "Alien Days" and "Your Life is a Lie", is more electronic, darker and droning.
    • Little Dark Age returns to the pop melodies of their debut, only this time embracing NewWave, Synth-Pop and hazy, 80s' style production.
  • Odd Friendship: They've collaborated several times with French house label Ed Banger Recordsnote , of all things. A supergroup called the Ed Banger All-Stars was even formed solely to remix "Siberian Breaks".
  • Ode to Intoxication: Many of their songs are either this, ironic odes to intoxication or an Ode to Sobriety.
  • Precision F-Strike: "When You Die" tells us to "go fuck yourself".
  • Protest Song: "The Youth" is a song about protesting for the sake of protesting. The band explained that they wanted to say something meaningful to young people, but weren't sure what.
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Retraux: Little Dark Age attempts to emulate the sound and production values of the 1980s.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: They performed a song called "Art Is Everywhere" for Yo Gabba Gabba!.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Satirized in "Time To Pretend". Sex, drink, move to Paris, marry models, get the models pregnant, choke on your own vomit, die. Don't forget the cocaine and heroin.
  • Song Style Shift: Several, most notably "Flash Delirium" and "Siberian Breaks".
  • Student and Master Team: "Brian Eno" is about one of these. Sadly, the song does not actually feature Brian Eno.
  • Surreal Music Video: All of them, with "Kids", "Time To Pretend" and "Flash Delirium" being the weirdest.
  • Textless Album Cover: Their band name likes to appear and disappear from several albums and singles.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Played straight with "It's Working", inverted with "The Youth".


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