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  • MGMT started as electroclash musical terrorists but quickly transmogrified into an eclectic, brainy pop group with heavy psychedelic overtones.
  • MGMT first formed in 2002, during Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden's freshman year as art students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
  • At First, the band was known as the Management, and its shows consisted mostly of backing tapes, synthesizers, and prerecorded vocals playing as Goldwasser and Van Wyngarden engaged the audience in a manner somewhere between performance art and good old-fashioned punky hostility.
  • By their senior year, things had toned down considerably on-stage and the duo was augmenting its live sound with backing musicians.
  • Upon graduating, MGMT released an electro-rock EP, Time to Pretend, on the tiny indie Cantora Records in 2005.
  • Good reviews, especially for the title track, and extensive touring brought the duo to the attention of British producer Steve Lillywhite in his role as an A&R executive for Columbia Records, which signed the band for a major long-term deal in 2006.
  • Regrouping in Brooklyn, the duo enlisted producer Dave Fridmann to create the entirely different-sounding Oracular Spectacular, a far more musically expansive album that was released digitally in late 2007 (a traditional CD release followed in January 2008).



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