Graduation, though, looked likely to end the MGMT story, just as it had broken up so many other experimental college bands before them. Goldwasser and VanWyngarden moved apart and put MGMT on hiatus.
But then something weird happened. An exec with Columbia Records heard the EP and loved the band's sound, a postmodern mashup of psychedelic rock, infectious dance, and avant-garde experimentalism that sounds a bit like what you'd expect they might be playing in a disco on the moon. She signed the band to a major-label contract, launching MGMT on a dizzying path toward global stardom. Whoa. "Kids," an irresistible romp in upbeat psychedelic pop, was the first song MGMT ever made, way back during Goldwasser's and VanWyngarden's freshman year, and it remains one of their most popular today. Check it out…
About the Song
|Artist||MGMT||Musician(s)||Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser|
|Writer(s)||Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser|
|Producer(s)||David Fridmann, MGMT|
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It's no accident that MGMT were a couple of nineteen-year-old college freshmen when they wrote this song. So what was their solution for holding onto what they had been as kids, even as that identity started to fade, "like looking through a fogged mirror"? How about turning to a classic children's book for guidance? "Control yourself / Take only what you need from it": not a bad moral for this timeless story.
On the Charts"Kids" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
It reached #16 in the UK Top 40 and #9 on the Irish pop chart.
It was #5 on Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008.
Finally, it peaked at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100.