Electric Feel

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"Electric Feel"
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
ReleasedJune 23, 2008 (UK)
Format7", CD, 12"
RecordedMarch–April 2007, Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
GenreIndie pop, indietronica, synthpop, neo-psychedelia
Length3:50 (Album Version)
LabelColumbia[1]
Writer(s)Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser; Will Berman (later co-credited)
CertificationGold (RIANZ, RIAA[2])
MGMT singles chronology
"Time to Pretend"
(2008)
"Electric Feel"
(2008)
"Metanoia"
(2008)
Music video
"Electric Feel" on YouTube
 
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"Electric Feel"
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
ReleasedJune 23, 2008 (UK)
Format7", CD, 12"
RecordedMarch–April 2007, Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
GenreIndie pop, indietronica, synthpop, neo-psychedelia
Length3:50 (Album Version)
LabelColumbia[1]
Writer(s)Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser; Will Berman (later co-credited)
CertificationGold (RIANZ, RIAA[2])
MGMT singles chronology
"Time to Pretend"
(2008)
"Electric Feel"
(2008)
"Metanoia"
(2008)
Music video
"Electric Feel" on YouTube

"Electric Feel" is the second single from MGMT's debut album Oracular Spectacular. It was released on June 23, 2008,[3] available as a 7" and CD single, and later on 12" vinyl. The song's second video features The Rock-afire Explosion.[4] The song alternates between bars of 6/4 and bars of 4/4 musical bridges.

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Reception

"Electric Feel" became MGMT's first Australian ARIA top 50 hit, their first Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles hit (at #20, so the song charted at #120 on the Billboard Hot 100) and their first New Zealand RIANZ top 40 hit.

The song was named #5 on NME's list of the Best Singles of 2008,[5] and came in at #2 on Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008.

Track listing

7" Single
No.TitleLength
1."Electric Feel"  3:48
2."Electric Feel" (Rasta Wigs Remix)4:15
12" Single
No.TitleLength
1."Electric Feel" (Justice Remix)5:27
2."Electric Feel"  3:48
CD Single
No.TitleLength
1."Electric Feel"  3:48
2."Electric Feel" (Justice Remix)5:27
Radio Edit Promo
No.TitleLength
1."Electric Feel" (Radio edit)3:37

Review Quotations

"Electric Feel is a shunting single that cobbles together the instrumental roving of Gary Numan, the high pitch vocal provocation of Scissor Sisters and tops it off with a Timo Maas vibe that varies in impact. Worldly, boundary crossing expressionism is the end result. It is sure to have a range of commentators drawing attention to this backward gazing, yet fresh feeling duo." - David Adair, Angry Ape[6]

Reviews

Video

Two videos have been released for this song.

The second video, which was nominated for Best Art Direction at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, is often described as an ecstasy or acid trip, while some argue it as being a depiction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Pitchfork Media described the video as "a krazy, kandy-kolored, loud neon thingamajig video"[10]

The music video features an appearance by The Rock-afire Explosion. The Rock-afire Explosion was an animatronic animal band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place and Circus Pizza in the 1980s and 1990s. In the beginning of the video, two individuals with white and black painted faces can be seen stirring a pot, and later in the video dancing. These two starred in an amateur music video dancing and singing along to MGMT’s "Kids".

The video depicts the band members and various people, cartoon characters, The Rock-afire Explosion, and animal-people partying in the middle of a jungle. They take the moon from the sky, cut it open, and paint themselves in a neon ooze emitting from it. Then put it back in the sky. During the closing sequence, the members of MGMT get on motorbikes and drive into the moon which then explodes, causing a rain of neon colors to fall on the dancing people.

Charts

Chart (2008)Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[11]7
Australian ARIA Club Chart[12] (Justice Mix)27
Belgium Singles Top 5017
Irish Singles Chart[13]24
New Zealand Singles Chart10
UK Singles Chart[14]22
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles20

End of year

Country (2008)Position (Year End Singles Chart)
United Kingdom171[15]

Remixes

The official remix features former Columbia Records label mate Jim Jones. It was supposed to be featured on his fourth album Pray IV Reign but was cut. In an interview with GQ.com Jim Jones explained how the remix came to be[16]

They did a show [at United Palace Theater] up in Washington Heights, the initial conversation was just that it was an honor to meet them, I think they're kinda cool. And from there it led into me saying, It'd be crazy if I remixed "Electric Feel". They were like, Yeah, that would be crazy. So I said, Let me get the beats and shit.

The French electronic duo Justice remixed the song in 2008. The remix won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.[17]

It was also covered for Triple J's "Like A Version" by Jen Cloher & Jordie Lane. Featured on the album Like a Version Volume 6, Track 11.

In popular culture

Katy Perry covered the song in her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session in September 2008.[18]

This track was used in the Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear show for Christian Dior in September 2008.

Appears on season 2, episode 4 of Gossip Girl

The track appears on the episode "Prey" of CSI: NY

This song was featured in the animated television series American Dad! episode "Son of Stan".

The track was the opening song of As pegadoras (Multishow - Globo), a Brazilian TV program in 2008–2009.

The Justice remix was also used in Rockstar Games' 2008 video game, Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

The track was included in the soundtrack for the 2K Sports video game NBA 2K10 released in October 2009.[19]

The song was used on 2009 video game Tony Hawk: Ride

Five used the song as part of their interludes during Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup) coverage.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum, has used "Electric Feel" as his warm-up music before every game.[20]

San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson on his reality show, Life of Brian, claimed the song to be his summer hit of 2009.

Elements of the song were incorporated to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" during the series of shows held in Las Vegas "I Am... Yours".

Instrumental breakdowns of the song were used as the backdrop of Frank Ocean's "Nature Feels" off of his mixtape Nostalgia, ULTRA.

Australian news show Sunrise used this song as its main opener since January 2010, but by October 2011 the theme was dropped in favor of the original (Reach Up for the) Sunrise theme first adopted in 2004.

References

  1. ^ "Electric Feel single", whoismgmt.com/[dead link]
  2. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - MGMT, accessed 2009-09-24
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0019M63A4
  4. ^ Chuck E. Cheese Rock-afire robots in MGMT music video - Boing Boing Gadgets
  5. ^ "NME's Track Of The Year 2008". NME. http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=10&title=title_271&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  6. ^ Adair, David. "Electric Feel review". Angry Ape. http://angryape.com/reviews/2008/05/30/mgmt-electric-feel. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  7. ^ Gilliver, Chris. "Electric Feel: Single review". Manchester Evening News. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/music/single_reviews/s/1055182_mgmt__electric_feel_columbia_records. Retrieved 2008-07-01.[dead link]
  8. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Electric Feel: Single review". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a99070/mgmt-electric-feel.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  9. ^ Marszalek, Julian. "Electric Feel: Single review". Yahoo Music. http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/080627/33/21zav.html. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  10. ^ Pitchfork video review
  11. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 27 July 2008.
  12. ^ Top 50 Club Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 16 July 2008.
  13. ^ The Irish Charts. Accessed on 23 July 2008.
  14. ^ The Official UK Charts Company. Accessed on 25 June 2008.
  15. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf
  16. ^ Jim Jones To Remix MGMT's "Electric Feel" On New Album
  17. ^ The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List
  18. ^ Katy Perry covers MGMT on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, BBC
  19. ^ NBA 2K10 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Reveal
  20. ^ SF Giants Truveo video[dead link]

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