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More Obnoxious Babble From MGMT

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Indie rokkers MGMT are talking useless shiz again about how they can't be defined as mainstream or indie, because they're just that original!

Ben Goldwasser says:

"I think people have this attitude that something's either pop or it's pretentious art, or it's mainstream or it's indie, there's no middle ground, and I think we're trying to go somewhere in between that. We feel like it should be taken as an album and not a collection of singles. We don't want to be associated with concept albums and art rock or any of that, it's bullshit to us.

What I was saying was sarcastic, 'If you're expecting 'Kids' or 'Time to Pretend' or whatever, sorry, you're not going to get that on this album,' and to interpret that as a genuine apology is really stupid. We are absolutely dead serious about music-making, and that's what we want people to understand, that there's no joke in it. We're not intentionally trying to fuck with people, we're actually making this music that we love and we want people to hear it."

Yeah, ooooook.

Nobody cares about how different or mainstream your music is, they just care how good it is.

However, acting like you're so above it all isn't going to win you over any new fans!

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62 comments to “More Obnoxious Babble From MGMT”

  1. 1

    Yeah- they are real hip. My son and I just watched them perform on "Yo Gabba Gabba."

  2. 2

    fuck off perez, u are so casual and boring, they make unique, special, different and awesome music. stop harassing them..! let them be who they are!!

  3. 3

    A bunch of pretentious dribble…Your music isn't that important.

  4. 4

    who are these 2 numbnuts?

  5. Visa says – reply to this


    They sound alot like this blog host, kettle meet pot.

  6. 6

    Wow! They wear big coats and have messy hair…they're EDGY!

  7. 7

    Perez, i'm sorry to say but you just dont like them because they're not played on the radio with the rest of that pop music bullshit. shut yo mouth or get a better taste in music!!

  8. 8

    Meh, I didn't see anything that bad with what they said.
    Is it a bit on the hippster pretentious side? Sure, but still… not enough to make me stop liking their music.

  9. 9

    If you dont want it then give it back…

  10. 10

    They should so invite Taylor Momsen in to their group, they could all be 'too cool and aloof' together!

  11. 11

    perez - have you listened to the new album? it's actually quite good. i think they've warned their fans because this new album has a very different vibe from their last. it takes some getting used to the new sound but is fantastic in its own right. they are doing unique things compared to others in the music business. although i also love lady gaga, THERE IS OTHER MUSIC OUT THERE. before you comment you should listen to it yourself.

  12. 12

    I don't see anything bad with what they said at all. They were explaining their new album….just because someone is so much smarter and talented than you Perez doesn't make them "all above" it just makes them normal.

  13. 13


  14. 14

    um, they say that because people give them shit all of the time. they made a fantastic album that happened to appeal to a wide audience, and pretentious hipster assholes called them "mainstream" and annoying tweens/bros/hos/wanna-be pretentious hipsters hopped on the band wagon & only liked them because a) it was the popular thing to do and b) they had a couple pop-esque songs. it does suck that people myself who genuinely love all of their music get overrun by assholes. i don't blame MGMT for being a bit prickly about the whole thing; i would too if people were slinging shit at you BECAUSE you made an album that did really well.

    their new album IS MGMT. completely. if you don't like it, you don't like mgmt. they are psychedelic synth-rock, smoothly cresting melodies, and muted electronica. while i absolutely love the more pop-like songs of Oracular Spectacular (electric feel, kids, time to pretend), i certainly do not find the new album to be lacking because it is a bit more atmospheric-sounding. listen to it maybe 3 times and you will fall in LOVE. Flash delirium, It's Working, Someone's Missing, and Siberian Breaks are masterpieces.

    basically, don't hate. MGMT is mothafucking awesome.

  15. 15

    Pretentious cun*ts.

  16. 16

    omg, stfu! They were just answering a QUESTION and I don't see anything wrong with their answer.

  17. 17

    LOL! I just listened to some of their tunes, They sound like some cheap cheesy 1980s synth band. What twats.

  18. 18

    Re: amalene

    Fuck you stupid cun*t. They make shitty/cheesy 1980s synth music. Fuck you and your idiotic attiude. Mother fucker.

  19. 19

    LOL! they are so much better than everyone else and can't be categorized…i couldn't catergize them b/c i've never heard or seen them before. what idiots.

  20. 20

    You're just jealous, Parasite, because they're more articulate and intelligent than you are now or will ever be. Are they a bit on the pretentious side? Sure. But no more so than you, Perez. If they were making some of the god-awful crap you go swoon over, you'd be licking their asses. Thing is that they're not sliimy (ugh), or your horse-faced wifey (double ugh), or Robyn, or that obnoxious Beth Ditto, and so you have nothing worthwhile to say about them because you have no taste.

  21. 21

    MGMT- great music; but really cocky

  22. 22

    These guy kinda seem poser-ish, but I like some of their music.

  23. 23

    I bet if Lady GagGag said the same thing you would be simultaneously shitting and pissing your pants while drooling over how "AMAZEBALLS" she is.

  24. 24

    I like them more now that I know that you hate them so much. did you read the whole story. by the looks of it you just cut and paste a part and commented on it. your taste in music really sucks. your idea of good music is whoever licks your asshole the deepest so you write about them in your blog no matter how shitty their music is and it always is. even lady gaga has distanced herself form you.

  25. 25

    Re: ladyolivia – stfu, useless tool

  26. 26

    This didn't seem any more pretentious than some of the things that Lady GaGa says about her music. Also, in their defense, Congratulations received some criticism that its songs lacked hooks like those in "Electric Feel," "Time to Pretend," etc, so they were probably just responding to that. If some commentary might help people appreciate their music, they should be able to give it.

  27. 27

    jeez…that beyond dork

  28. 28

    "they can't be defined as mainstream or indie, because they're just that original!"

    No. That's not what they said at all.

    They said, "that something's either pop or it's pretentious art, or it's mainstream or it's indie, there's no middle ground, and I think we're trying to go somewhere in between that".

    Trying to land somehwre in the middle of "pop" or "art" isn't saying their music is indefinable.

    I have to agree with some of the other posters: you just don't like them because they're not making silly glam pop. Perhaps if they were latino…

  29. 29

    Kosher Indie muzak!!

  30. 30

    Perez that must suck- they r so much better than u

  31. 31

    i don't even know who they are!

  32. 32

    Re: Sandra_Nazi_Bullock

    yeah, okay sandra nazi bullock. good point you make.

  33. 33

    haha, just ’cause you think they wouldn't win you over with that comment doesn't mean the whole world thinks like you perez.
    I l-o-v-e mgmt and just ’cause they don't wanna be defined and Indie or Mainstream doesn't mean their douches. And I would definitely agree they wouldn't be defined as Mainstream.

  34. 34

    Re: Poindexter-X
    How about you stfu, If you don't like this band then why the fuck are you all over their dick, and worrying what people have to say? Why not hop the fuck off their dick and go comment else where you because clearly you have nothing better to do, you fucken loser.

  35. 35

    …It doesn't sound pretentious to me, nor did it the first time.

    It just sounds like they're frustrated that people are probably arguing "I liked them better when nobody knew them!"

  36. 36

    i can name a thousdand bands that MGMT ripped off or sound alike

  37. 37

    Re: ladyolivia – I love you.

  38. 38

    Re: Girlsetsfire

    exactly. and that is suchhh bullshit. i fucking hate people who turn around and start hating a band because they get exposure. uhhh maybe they are successful because their music is GOOD and appeals to a wide variety of people? hating a band because they're popular is just as douchey as loving one for the same reason.

  39. 39

    Re: Bomb-omb

    why thank you. :)

  40. 40

    obviously run out of their medication

  41. 41

    Thier really good, and I get exquisite 70s glam -rock vibes from them, pure Marc Bolan stuff, like Flash Delirium. I dig it.

  42. 42


  43. 43

    yeah perez, get all over them because they only want to make the music THEY want to make. that makes a ton of fucking sense. you sound like the world's biggest whining 13 year old girl in the world for hating on them for that. just go back to your shitty justin beiber music and let it go.

  44. 44

    Their new album sucks horribly anyway. If they want to fade into obscurity i'll be happy to watch.

  45. 45

    PASSION PIT IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN MGMT..i've actually already quit listening to MGMT because im not gonna support people who clearly have their heads up their asses…. I want musicians to relate to me as a person not dribble on about how their music is awesome and other music is bullshit!! I am an artist as well and the #1 thing they teach you in art school is "RELATE TO YOUR AUDIENCE & LOVE YOUR AUDIENCE" if u don't then what the point in being an artist…..and BTW insulting other forms of music is just proof that you know nothing about music to begin with. pretentious bastards. i run into people like this every day and im not impressed, interested or anything…im just annoyed..and I used to be a pretty loyal fan of MGMT…but fuck them.

  46. 46

    dude what do you do for a living? you sit on your fat azz and type. you putt down singers and actors that actually do work and have talent. Its not just mgmt is kristen stuwart vanessa huggens you put down just uz you want to f**K there boyfriends. the other day you wrote whore across vanessas pic the only douch here is you.

  47. 47

    Perez, YOU care about how different or mainstream their music is, you're bitching about them NOT wanting to be considered mainstream, and you criticized them a few weeks ago for not wanting to be huge arena rockers. The fans, me included, love their music, because it is good. I don't give a shit what someone says, or thinks, or feels about themselves, their image, whatever, it won't "win" me as a fan, nor push me away. But you clearly do care.

  48. Rby21 says – reply to this




    i hope one of their heads gets stuck in an elephant's ass…

  49. Rby21 says – reply to this


    oh and further more if u wana be as u say u are don't do the following:

    1.sell ur music to Major Motion Pictures (the movie 21)

    2. don't appear on show's that are apart of Popular Culture (SNL!!!)


    but i guess posing is your thing now isn't it?

  50. 50

    luv luv luv mgmt, without them my soundtrak in the last 3 years would be pretty boring with all the mainstream bs out there. thank you mgmt for being so different, pop, and not pretentious, but meaningful. (like they will ever read this)

  51. 51

    they need to take a shower…

  52. 52

    The truth is that MGMT has produced some amazingly original music. The fact that every song and album they've produced has its own different and unique sound is what makes the band who they are. MGMT has the right to make statements like that because they are constantly reinventing themselves and not for publicity and popularity standards, but for the quality and sake of their music.

  53. 53

    They must be mainstream if Perez is talking about them….poor MGMT

  54. 54

    Yeah, and Slimy, I guess, sets the gold standard for Pig Face Records. He ranks 80,981 in record sales at Amazon.com, which I think means he had about a dozen sales. Hahahahahaha!

  55. 55

    their music is ok, they need to come back down to earth and stop all the cooler-than-thou shit

  56. 56

    i swear i read this on your shit site when their new album came out Perez, same quote same same same!! shame shame shame!!!

  57. 57

    Looks indie, sounds indie, is indie. You just don't want to be labeled as "indie" because indie music is going to die hard real soon.

  58. 58

    Turns out that they are douchebags and the fact that enough people above posted in their defense proves it. Go back to fucking Brooklyn asshats.

  59. 59

    They sure as hell look independent at the NME awards and I'm sure whatever they make is indie, barbecue or LPs! They're on Columbia with real indie artists, like Beyoncé, Susan Boyle and Liza Minnelli. I'm glad indie isn't an expression that imbeciles throw around. I wouldn't like if everyone labeled everything that wasn't the average, clichéd MTV-rap indie. Making music people like sure makes 'em douchebags. Hipster and indie are synonyms anyway.

    But Perez, people you don't like gain more fans everyday, no matter who they are, just because of you. I feel bad for Lady Gaga.

  60. 60

    They're not original NOR talented..I wonder how much they PAID SNL for the musical guest spot?

  61. 61


  62. 62

    MGMT are awesome, and not pretentious at all…. Perez you have completely misinterpreted what Ben has said!