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Most bands get together to play good music. MGMT got together to play bad music. Founding members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser formed the band in 2002 as freshmen at Wesleyan University, a prestigious liberal arts school in Connecticut. The band began as a joke; the pair would play music together in their dorm room, strumming improvised bass and guitar over hastily-created electronic synthesizer loops. Eventually Ben and Andrew decided to take their experiment to the next level, originally naming their act The Management and playing gigs at local bars and school functions. Their intention wasn't to be a serious band - purposely stringing together annoying songs - but they began to build a fan base nonetheless.

Though the pair originally began making music with the intention of weirding people out, the left-field popularity of their post-post-ironic brand of disco and psychedelic-infused synth pop convinced the duo to hit the recording studio, independently issuing the We (don't) Care EP in 2004 and the Climbing to New Lows CD in 2005. They also scored a spot as the opening act for Of Montreal's 2005 tour, further increasing their visibility. By the end of 2005 the band signed to a record deal with Cantora Records (a New York-based label formed by NYU students for the express purpose of issuing MGMT releases), formally changing their name from The Management to MGMT after finding out that the name 'The Management' was already in use by a UK rock band.

Time To Pretend, before major labels began knocking at their door. Time to Pretend came to the attention of Maureen Kenny, a Colombia Records executive, who immediately signed the band to his label in 2006. The band hit the studio with acclaimed music producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Weezer) in 2007, eventually emerging with their major label debut Oracular Spectacular in October of that year.

Billboard Top Heatseekers index and #12 on the UK Albums Chart - not bad for a college joke band. The duo's debut received praise from fans and critics alike for its eclectic influences and tongue-in-cheek lyricism, obvious in singles "Electric Feel" and "Time To Pretend" as well as other standout tracks like "Kids", which originally appeared along with of a handful of other songs on the Time to Pretend EP.

The Late Show With David Letterman and as the opening act for a Radiohead gig in early 2008, MGMT has gone on to appear at a number of major 2008 music festivals including SXSW, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Lollapalooza. We recently had a chance to interview MGMT; take a look at our UnCut interview and see what the band had to say to us!

From Discogs:

Previously known as The Management, MGMT is a duo formed at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

From Lastfm:

MGMT is a / group which formed in Middletown, Connecticut, United States in 2002. The band consists of Andrew VanWyngarden (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums), Ben Goldwasser (keyboards, vocals, guitar), Matthew Asti (bass), James Richardson (guitar, vocals) and Will Berman (drums). Originally consisting only of VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, the other members were added to the band in 2008.

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From Wikipedia:

MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio. Formed at Wesleyan University and originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006.

On October 5, 2007, Spin.com named MGMT "Artist of the Day." On November 14, 2007, Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten "Artist to Watch" in 2008. The band was named ninth in the BBC's Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll. They were also named as Last.fm's most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 lists.

MGMT's first album, Oracular Spectacular, debuted at No. 12 on the UK album chart, No. 13 after 34 weeks in the New Zealand RIANZ charts, number six on the Australian ARIA Charts, and hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It has also been named the 18th best album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. It was named the best album of 2008 by NME. MGMT also appeared prominently in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 2008, coming in 2nd with "Electric Feel", 5th with "Kids" and 18th with "Time to Pretend". MGMT was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and their track "Kids" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. These are the first Grammy nominations for the band. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Their second album, Congratulations, was released on April 13, 2010. In January 2011 they began work on their third album, which will be called MGMT.

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