MGMT have been around since Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden met as college freshmen in 2002. Formerly known as the Management, the two released their EP Time To Pretend after graduating in 2005 and signed with Columbia Records in 2006.
MGMT may be signed with a major record label, but they are still highly underrated. With Electric Feel, the second single from Oracular Spectacular, the duo begun garnering some attention, but I believe that Time To Pretend is and continues to be their big breakthrough and is simply an excellent song.
The song first brought focus on MGMT when it appeared in the Season 2 finale of cult UK TV drama Skins in early 2008. Since then it’s featured on Gossip Girl and 90210 and in the trailers for 21 and Sex Drive, and even made Time magazine’s list of Top 10 Songs of 2008. Time To Pretend is an explosion of electronic rock and jaded lyrics with the catchiest hook in years that no one should miss.