MGMT is an American indie-pop band that busted onto the music scene in ’08 with their debut album, Oracular Spectacular. The album and its singles Kids and Electric Feel put the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser on the fast track to mainstream success. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about MGMT.
Number One: MGMT Was Originally The Management
The band only changed their name to MGMT after finding out that there was already a band going by the name The Management.
Number Two: VanWyngarden Almost Joined of Montreal
After MGMT finished touring with of Montreal, the duo petered out. During this period, VanWyngarden was heavily considering joining of Montreal as a guitarist. VanWyngarden had a deal on the table with the band, but, in the end, turned it down when Columbia Records called and MGMT resumed.
Number Three: The Band Opened for Paul McCartney
On August 5 and 6, 2009, MGMT played a show at Fenway Park, opening for legendary Beatle, Paul McCartney. McCartney has said that he is a fan of the band and has expressed interest in collaborating with them.
Number Four: They Were Part of Beck’s Record Club
When Beck announced he was going to do his second Record Club cover album in ’09, MGMT took part in the album’s creative process. VanWyngarden chose the album they would all cover, Songs of Leonard Cohen. MGMT also contributed musically to the album.
Number Five: MGMT Album was One of Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of the 00’s
Their album, Oracular Spectacular, was a critical favorite when it came out in ’08. It was so popular that NME named it the best album of ’08. It was also a hit with critics in the United States, as it was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 18th best album of the 00’s.
Number Six: The Duo Never Intended to Start a Band
When Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser met at Wesleyan University during their freshman year, they didn’t plan to start a band. The two enjoyed sharing music with each other and eventually they started experimenting with different kinds of noise and electronic sounds. Before they knew it, they had an EP and were opening for of Montreal.
Number Seven: MGMT Got to Work with One of Their Influences
When they recorded the second album, Congratulations, MGMT recorded some backup vocals with Jennifer Herrema, whose 90’s scum-rock band, Royal Trux, had influenced them band early on. Herrema became a fan of the band after seeing their video for Time to Pretend. The band is still friends with her to this day.
Number Eight: The Duo Didn’t Take Their Early Live Shows Seriously
When they first started, the band’s shows were not much more than a joke. The duo used to perform backed up by just an iPod, without any instruments at all. Their audiences didn’t know what to make of them.
Number Nine: MGMT Sued the UMP for Copyright Infringement
In ’09, they ended up suing the Union for a Popular Movement Party for using their song Kids in two promotional videos and at a conference in ’08 without permission. The UMP decided to settle the matter out of court, paying the band a total of $36,715, which the band then gave to a charity benefiting artists’ rights.
Number Ten: They Almost Didn’t Take the Columbia Records Deal
After the release of their EP, Time to Pretend, the band was offered a recording contract with Columbia Records. However, they were hesitant to take the deal until their fathers told them to take the opportunity.
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