Electric Feel

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"Electric Feel"
Electric Feel MGMT.jpg
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
Released June 23, 2008
Recorded March – April 2007
Studio Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, New York
Length 3:50
Label Columbia[1]
MGMT singles chronology
"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"

"Time to Pretend"
"Electric Feel"
Music video
"Electric Feel" on YouTube

"Electric Feel" is a song by the American rock band MGMT, released as the second single from their debut studio album Oracular Spectacular (2007) on June 23, 2008.[2] The single was released as a 7" and CD single, and later on 12" vinyl. "Electric Feel" was released to radio on July 29, 2008.[3] The song's second video features The Rock-afire Explosion.[4] The song is primarily in 6/4 time, with an instrumental bridge in 4/4.


"Electric Feel" became MGMT's first Australian ARIA top 50 hit, their first US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles hit (at number 14, so the song charted at number 114 on the Billboard Hot 100) and their first New Zealand RIANZ top 40 hit. In the United States, the song originally peaked at number 20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but reached a new peak of number 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 number 21 on the same week)[5][6] The song was ranked at number five on NME's list of the Best Singles of 2008,[7] and came in at number two on Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008.

Track listing[edit]

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



Two videos have been released for this song.

The music 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."[11]

Another 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 111 million views.


Weekly charts[edit]

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
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 14

End of year[edit]

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

Covers and 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[17]
  • Henry Green released a chill acoustic cover of this song. Norwegian world-famous musician and DJ, Kygo, also remixed this specific cover to his specialized tropical tune.

Media usage[edit]

  • This track was used in the Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear show for Christian Dior in September 2008.
  • Appears on season 2, episode 4 of Gossip Girl
  • The track appears on the episode "Prey" of CSI: NY
  • This song was featured in the animated television series American Dad! episode "Son of Stan".
  • The track was the opening song of As pegadoras (Multishow – Globo), a Brazilian TV program in 2008–2009.
  • The Justice remix was also used in Rockstar Games' 2008 video game, Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
  • The track was included in the soundtrack for the 2K Sports video game NBA 2K10 released in October 2009.[23]
  • The song was used on 2009 video game Tony Hawk: Ride
  • Five used the song as part of their interludes during Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup) coverage.
  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum, has used "Electric Feel" as his warm-up music before every game.[24]
  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson on his reality show, Life of Brian, claimed the song to be his summer hit of 2009.
  • Australian news show Sunrise used this song as its main opener since January 2010, but by October 2011 the theme was dropped in favor of the original (Reach Up for the) Sunrise theme first adopted in 2004.
  • The track was used in the BBC documentary The Foods That Make Billions - The Age of Plenty.


  1. ^ "MGMT". links to the Electric Feel single at www.columbiarecords.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Electric Feel". 23 June 2008 – via Amazon. 
  3. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mon, Joel Johnson at 7:02 am; 7, Jul; 2008. "Chuck E. Cheese Rock-afire robots in MGMT music video". Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of October 19, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Ball, Caila (October 1, 2013). "'The Voice': Preston Pohl Rocks "Electric Feel" & Kaley Cuoco's Sister Auditions". Idolator. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "NME's Track Of The Year 2008". NME. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  8. ^ Gilliver, Chris. "Electric Feel: Single review". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Electric Feel: Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  10. ^ Marszalek, Julian. "Electric Feel: Single review". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Music News & Releases - Pitchfork". 
  12. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association Archived February 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed on 27 July 2008.
  13. ^ Top 50 Club Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association. Accessed on 16 July 2008.
  14. ^ The Irish Charts Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite. Accessed on 23 July 2008.
  15. ^ The Official UK Charts Company Archived July 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. 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". Archived from the original on 2008-11-19. 
  18. ^ Katy Perry covers MGMT on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, BBC
  19. ^ "One of the Boys (Australia Tour Edition) by Katy Perry on Apple Music". 
  20. ^ "Australian Tour EP by Katy Perry on Apple Music". 
  21. ^ "MGMT - Electric Feel (Justice Remix) HD 320kbps". YouTube. 
  22. ^ The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List Archived 2008-12-04 at WebCite
  23. ^ NBA 2K10 10th Anniversary Soundtrack Reveal
  24. ^ SF Giants Truveo video

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