While You Wait for the Others

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"While You Wait for the Others"
Single by Grizzly Bear
from the album Veckatimest
B-side "While You Wait for the Others (feat. Michael McDonald)"
Released August 31, 2009
Format 7"
Digital Download
Genre Indie rock, surf rock, art rock, experimental rock, psychedelic pop, lo-fi
Length 4:29
Label Warp Records
Writer(s) Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor and Christopher Bear
Producer(s) Chris Taylor
Grizzly Bear singles chronology
"Two Weeks"
"While You Wait for the Others"
"Sleeping Ute"

"While You Wait for the Others" is a song by Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear, and the second single from the band's third studio album, Veckatimest. The song was released as a single on August 31, 2009.


"While You Wait for the Others" was ranked #334 in Pitchfork Media's Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s [1]

Upon release, Pitchfork gave the song their first ever 10/10 review, stating that the track "proves what Grizzly Bear are capable of when they try and meet the pop-inclined listener halfway."[2]

Michael McDonald Collaboration[edit]

Michael McDonald, of the Doobie Brothers, performs lead vocals on the single's b-side - the same track with the lead vocals replaced by McDonald's. McDonald states that Grizzly Bear's songs are "alluring and interesting. So when they mentioned to me about doing this, I said absolutely."[3]

Speaking to Pitchfork Media about the collaboration, bassist Chris Taylor commented,[4]

My ex-girlfriend's dad was a bass player in that yacht rock scene-- he actually played with Kenny Loggins and the Fleetwood Mac crew. So she asked him, "Do you ever keep in touch with Michael McDonald, dad?" And he said, "Yeah, I talk to him every week!" So we sent Michael the record. He had never heard of us, but he really liked the songs and wanted to be a part of it.


A video for "While You Wait for the Others" was released on September 11, 2009. The video was directed by Sean Pecknold, brother of Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "While You Wait for the Others"   4:29
2. "While You Wait for the Others" (feat. Michael McDonald) 4:29


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Grizzly Bear: "While You Wait For the Others" | Tracks". Pitchfork. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Gene. "Michael McDonald Talks Grizzly Bear Collaboration :: Music :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Watch Grizzly Bear's "While You Wait for the Others" Video | News". Pitchfork. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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