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"Electric Feel"
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
Released June 23, 2008 (UK)
Format 7", CD, 12"
Recorded March-April 2007, Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
Genre Neo-psychedelia, Indie rock, Electronica, Synth pop
Length 3:50
Label Columbia Records[1]
Writer(s) Andrew VanWyngarden
Ben Goldwasser
Certification Gold (RIANZ, RIAA[2])
MGMT singles chronology
"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"

"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 video features The Rock-afire Explosion[4] and the song alternates between bars of 3/2 and bars of 4/4 musical bridges.



"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.

A remix by the French electronic duo, Justice, won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.[6] The remix was featured as a song in Midnight Club:Los Angeles Remix.

"Electric Feel" was featured in season 2, episode 4 of Gossip Girl. Also, it was selected for the soundtrack for the video games Midnight Club Los Angeles (released in October 2008) and NBA 2K10 (slated for release in October 2009).

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum, uses "Electric Feel" as his warm-up music before every game.[citation needed][1]

Australian news show Sunrise uses this song as its main opener.

Track listing

7" Single
# Title Length
1. "Electric Feel"   3:48
2. "Electric Feel" (Rasta Wigs Remix) 4:15
12" Single
# Title Length
1. "Electric Feel" (Justice Remix) 5:27
2. "Electric Feel"   3:48
CD Single
# Title Length
1. "Electric Feel"   3:48
2. "Electric Feel" (Justice Remix) 5:27
Radio Edit Promo
# Title Length
1. "Electric Feel" (Radio edit) 3:37


"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[7]



The video 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" [11]

The music video features an appearance by the Rock-afire Explosion. The RAE was an animatronic animal band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place 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". It was nominated for Best Art Direction in a Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

The video depicts the band members and various people, cartoon characters, RAE, and animal-people in the middle of a jungle partying. 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, exploding it and causing a rain of neon colors to fall on the dancing people.


Chart (2008) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart [12] 7
Australian ARIA Club Chart [13] (Justice Mix) 27
Belgium Singles Top 50 17
Irish Singles Chart [14] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart [15] 22
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 20

End of year

Country (2008) Position (Year End Singles Chart)
United Kingdom 171[16]


The official remix features Columbia Records label mate Jim Jones. It was supposed to be featured on his album Pray IV Reign but was cut. Jim Jones said this to GQ.com about how the remix came to be[17]

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 lead 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.[6]

In popular culture

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

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

The track was also used in Rockstar San Diego 2008 video game, Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

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

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


  1. ^ "Electric Feel single". Amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Feel-MGMT/dp/B0019M63A4l. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  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. ^ a b The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List
  7. ^ Adair, David. "Electric Feel review". Angry Ape. http://angryape.com/reviews/2008/05/30/mgmt-electric-feel. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Electric Feel: Single review". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a99070/mgmt-electric-feel.html. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  10. ^ Marszalek, Julian. "Electric Feel: Single review". Yahoo Music. http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/080627/33/21zav.html. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  11. ^ Pitchfork video review
  12. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 27 July 2008.
  13. ^ Top 50 Club Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 16 July 2008.
  14. ^ The Irish Charts. Accessed on 23 July 2008.
  15. ^ The Official UK Charts Company. Accessed on 25 June 2008.
  16. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf
  17. ^ Jim Jones To Remix MGMT's "Electric Feel" On New Album
  18. ^ Katy Perry covers MGMT on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge
  19. ^ NBA 2K10 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Reveal

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