Electric Feel

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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 Indie pop, indietronica, synthpop, neo-psychedelia
Length 3:50 (Album Version)
Label Columbia[1]
Writer(s) Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser; Will Berman (later co-credited)
Certification Gold (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.

Reception[edit]

"Electric Feel" became MGMT's first Australian ARIA top 50 hit, their first Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles hit (at #14, so the song charted at #114 on the Billboard Hot 100) and their first New Zealand RIANZ top 40 hit. In the United States, the song originally peaked at #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but reached a new peak of #14 almost three years after the original peak, due to a resurgence in sales from exposure on The Voice. (The version of "Electric Feel" covered by The Voice contestant, Preston Pohl also debuted at #21 on the same week)[5][6]

The song was named #5 on NME's list of the Best Singles of 2008,[7] and came in at #2 on Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008.

Track listing[edit]

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

Review Quotations[edit]

"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[8]

Reviews[edit]

Video[edit]

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"[12]

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.

Its YouTube video has received over 50 million views.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[13] 7
Australian ARIA Club Chart[14] (Justice Mix) 27
Belgium Singles Top 50 17
Irish Singles Chart[15] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart[16] 22
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 14

End of year[edit]

Country (2008) Position (Year End Singles Chart)
United Kingdom 171[17]

Remixes[edit]

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[18]

The French electronic duo Justice remixed the song in 2008. The remix won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.[19]

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.

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