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How MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” Was Made (SongExploder)

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Because you can’t plan magic.

How MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” Was Made

Song Exploder is one of those podcasts you may want to subscribe to.

In its bite-sized episodes, musicians deconstruct their songs and tell the story of how they were made. Personally, I wish these were longer.

Time to Pretend

I thought today’s episode was both sobering and inspiring. In it, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden look back at how their huge hit record “Time to Pretend” was made, “from its dorm room origins, to its first recording, to re-envisioning it with Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann.”

Fun quote:

Dave is the one who suggested we change the tempo a little bit. It was only one or two BPM that we sped it up and we landed on, and wanted it to be, the exact tempo of “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Which it is.

The episode (and track) contains some explicit language, and references to uncontrolled substances, such as Propellerheads Reason.

You have been warned. 🙂

Listen. 17 minutes total.

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