Electric Feel

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"Electric Feel"
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
Released June 23, 2008 (UK)
  • 7"
  • CD
  • 12"
Recorded March–April 2007, Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
Genre Psychedelic rock[1]
Length 3:50 (album version)
Label Columbia[2]
Certification Gold (RIANZ, RIAA[3])
MGMT singles chronology
"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"
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,[4] available as a 7" and CD single, and later on 12" vinyl. The song's second video features The Rock-afire Explosion.[5] The song alternates between bars of 6/4 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 #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)[6][7]

The song was named #5 on NME's list of the Best Singles of 2008,[8] 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[9]



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"[13]

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 are Abby Fuller and Rafael Pulido, who starred in Jon Salmon's 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 (late 1970's Honda CB400Ts) 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 70 million views.


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

End of year[edit]

Country (2008) Position (Year End Singles Chart)
United Kingdom 171[18]


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[19]

The French electronic duo Justice remixed the song in 2008. The remix won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.[20]

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.

A cover of the song also appeared on the deluxe edition of Turbowolf's 2012 self-titled album.


  1. ^ Nolan, Paul (18 March 2008). "MGMT". Hot Press. Retrieved 21 July 2016. It's after another epic guitar freak-out that the group kick into the glorious psych-rock track 'Electric Feel', a magical tune which is one of the stand-out numbers of the evening.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Electric Feel single, retrieved 2008-05-31 
  3. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – MGMT, accessed 2009-09-24
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0019M63A4
  5. ^ Chuck E. Cheese Rock-afire robots in MGMT music video – Boing Boing Gadgets
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of October 19, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Ball, Caila (October 1, 2013). "‘The Voice’: Preston Pohl Rocks "Electric Feel" & Kaley Cuoco’s Sister Auditions". Idolator. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "NME's Track Of The Year 2008". NME. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  9. ^ Adair, David. "Electric Feel review". Angry Ape. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  10. ^ Gilliver, Chris. "Electric Feel: Single review". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  11. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Electric Feel: Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  12. ^ Marszalek, Julian. "Electric Feel: Single review". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork video review
  14. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 27 July 2008.
  15. ^ Top 50 Club Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 16 July 2008.
  16. ^ The Irish Charts. Accessed on 23 July 2008.
  17. ^ The Official UK Charts Company. Accessed on 25 June 2008.
  18. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf
  19. ^ Jim Jones To Remix MGMT's "Electric Feel" On New Album
  20. ^ The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List

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