Producer: Dave Fridmann
Album: Oracular Spectacular

MGMT was never supposed to make it big. Look at what they’re making these days: psychedelic music indebted largely to the '70s and unconcerned with fans that want them to just make synth-laced hits. Yet with “Time To Pretend," a song that was inspired by a praying mantis they had in their house in college, they imagined the rock star lifestyle. The lyrics seemed tongue-in-cheek in a careless sort of half-joking way, but in that fantasy, MGMT stumbled on the hit that would end up making them stars for real.