It’s been 10 years since MGMT wrote their Oracular Spectacular track, Time to Pretend. TEN YEARS.
Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser were featured on an episode of the podcast, Song Exploder, where they discuss the conception of their hit song, Time to Pretend, and including it in their 2005 debut EP. The track was re-recorded at the request of their label, Columbia records, who wanted to own the rights to the song. They also break down the song into its individual parts and show how it borrows from, and matches the tempo of ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
“We were really into like super naive, child-like melody in college,” Andrew VanWyngarden said of the song’s inspiration, before playing the opening synthesizer line. “It’s not a pleasing sound. It’s like the wings of an insect we’re making, but it’s definitely the hook. We decided to wear druid capes, and it’s one of those moments where it’s all funny and silly and inside jokes, and then—oh yeah, you’re on national TV, looking like fucking idiots in your druid cape,” he said of playing Time to Pretend on Letterman in 2008. “If you watch that video you can see me kind of like: ‘Ohhh God, what is happening?“
The duo also discuss being inspired by the Flaming Lips, performing on David Letterman, and more.
Listen to the podcast below.