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MGMT Spewing Holier-Than-Thou Bullshiz

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When MGMT’s album Oracular Spectacular invaded mass consciousness and rocked dance clubs everywhere with their trippy-electric poppy beats we were willing to put up with their high-and-mighty bullshit. Because the music was good.

Then their next album came out and sucked, and we are no longer interested in hearing about how innovative and counter-culture they are — we don’t buy it. And we especially don’t buy their comments in a recent interview.

"It would be wrong to say that we ever had pure intentions of being a mainstream band," Andrew VanWyngarden explained. "We began to realize that people thought of us as this electro-pop dance act. And that's really not who we are."

Really? You’re not an electro-pop band? Then why did you make an electro-pop album?

Those comments were made in conjunction with a discussion about how their newest album Congratulations, which was worse different from their last, and tanked because of it.

We like bands to experiment. What we don’t like is bands who make excuses about ‘not wanting to be mainstream’ after they produced a failure of an album.

Lose the ego, MGMT.

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34 comments to “MGMT Spewing Holier-Than-Thou Bullshiz”

  1. 1

    Nobody gives a shit about them anywayz

  2. 2

    Get over yourself, Mario. MGMT is not a pop band and their album was amazing until I started hearing it everywhere I went. It was out an popular years before you ever heard it.

  3. Liv13 says – reply to this


    Did you listen to any of the other songs on Oracular Spectacular besides Kids, Time to Pretend and Electric Feel? If you had, you would realize that their new album is not that far of a departure from the previous. They are NOT an electro-pop band. And as far as them being holier than thou, not true. I have actually met Andrew and he is by far the most down-to-earth celebrity I have ever met.

  4. 4

    They can do whatever they want as long as they produce Jedwards next album!

  5. 5

    MGMT never wanted to be mainstream. someone "important" liked their music and probably paid money to radio stations to play their music. No artist is actually popular because people like them. they are popular because important people in the industry push for them to be popular. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, all of them are popular because someone pays a lot of money to put their music in the front of everything else so everyone hears it. if more indie bands were heard by everyone like the bullshit we call pop music then the talentless pop "artists" would be forever gone. one can only hope

  6. 6

    Anyone else suspect that the reason why Perez keeps bashing this relatively unknown band is because they rejected an offer to be on his label? It makes no sense for all the hate otherwise.

    I'm over this site. It used to be fun and informative. Now, it's poorly written garbage that is old news or completely irrelevant. You just lost another reader.

  7. 7

    Maybe you should read other articles before Congratulations came out. They said that then. Even when there was no buzz about the album. And Congratulations is a far better album. Just because it doesnt have the bubble gum sound you dont like it. You really come off like a child molester daily now.

    No wonder you will never get on any show judging talent.

  8. 8

    Don't try to judge, Mario. You don't know anything about music.

  9. 9

    not cool at all.
    Congratulations is an absolutely wonderful album.
    I hate when people say their new album sucks. Because it has no "anthems" like Kids, Electric Feel or Time to Pretend?
    My sister and I actually happened to meet Andrew and Ben before one of their shows downtown Toronto, and they were actually two of the most down to earth people I have ever met. I was completely surprised. We talked for about 10 minutes and got to hear some pretty interesting stories about the meaning of some of their stuff.

    Anyway. One thing that really bothers me is when people completely bash artists because they don't like them. Guess what? I don't like Rihanna or care much for Lady Gaga?

  10. 10

    Can't you ever just report on something without throwing your BS opinion in there? I happened to love Congratulations.

  11. 11

    What do you have against them? Did you ask Andrew out and he turned you down? At least their being themselves. Your precious Gaga steals her material from everyone else.

  12. 12

    Mario the music critic? Laughable. Your opinion means zilch because your taste in music reflects the fact you are nothing but a middle-aged frump who desparately wants to be a tween. Man, I would love to have a shrink's opinion on what really makes you tick. Then maybe I could have a tiny bit of sympathy toward you. But since that will never happen, I'll continue to believe that you are the biggest douche that happened to be born.

  13. 13

    Wow. I'm speechless. You are such an idiot, Perez.

  14. 14

    Re: suckitperez22

    Exactly! Well put.

  15. Jared says – reply to this


    What the hell does Perez know about music? Nothing! Remember that slimy kid or whatever his name was? Stay away from legitimate music and keep playing your Katy Perry shit ass fuck!

  16. 16

    perez, i love you but seriously…


    you clearly have no idea about music & haven't heard MGMT's last album. if you had, you'd love it. keep focusing on celebrities, you have no idea about music at all.

  17. 17

    their first singles are obviously good, and the first album is good. But, I never really cared until the second album. I've always been really turned off by MGMT's persona. The skinny jeans, the douchey shirtlessness and selling of thyself to teen girls in order to sell, and all of that king hipster shit. But, I feel like all of that is an act, it's a way to get fans - by seeming "totally out-there and crazy" to lamestreamers and drawing them in because of your catchy songs and good looks, it makes sense. THEY SELL. Which, I guess that's what everyone wants. They say that they're not an indie band, they say that they don't want to be an indie band. The lead singer, Andrew, wasn't developing normally and hadn't reached puberty at 15 so he had to take growth hormones and then you see him in his videos with his shirt off completely selling himself and maybe he is just a douche bag, but I like to think that he and his band have this persona because they just want to be LIKED. Anyway, this new record I thought was really good. I bought it and I was listening to it secretly and "Flash Delirium" is so great.

  18. 18

    Most people hate it, but it's not like they've been working on it for years - they made it and finished it in just a couple of weeks after they finished their tour for Oracular Spectacular. They'll make more music after this tour, you expect everything to be "worth the wait," but you should just take it for what it is. I think this new album is good, I like it more than the first one.

  19. 19

    theyre actually completely right, but if its not gaga its not good to you so…

  20. 20

    im not even going to read the article. perez just DONT TOUCH mgmt. just DONT. theyre way out of your league.

  21. 21

    Since when do you have the authority to bash amazing music?
    They don't have an electro-pop album, and they DEFINITELY don't have an ego.
    I saw them live a few weeks ago, and they were beyond nice to all of their fans. Andrew, the one you so kindly doodled all over, came and talked to us for like, 20 minutes.
    The only reason you don't like them is probably because they're not the mainstream bullshit you're used to.
    I used to like what you do.
    MGMT acting "holier than thou"?
    Speak for yourself.
    Quit bashing them.
    You don't have to like them, but please, move on.

  22. 22

    andrew's not a douche. you are. mgmt is amazing. you, for example, are not. get over yourself.

  23. 23

    Wow, Perez. "Congratulations" debuted at #2 on the billboard charts, what a failure! Not only that, but it's a beautifully made album and if you listened to songs like "The Handshake" "Future Reflections" or "The Youth" from their first album you would know that the second album isn't that far from the first. But since the only person that apparently makes good music to you is Lady Gaga you wouldn't appreciate it.

  24. 24

    Perez, What are you doing? You are the most disrespected guy anyone has ever known.
    Your job is criticizing people in an un-professional manner, so basically you're just a professional douche bag. I'll tell you what, why don't you stop listening to your Lady Gaga and Celine Dion shit, grow some balls, and develop some proper opinions. You should have grown out of the "immature ass-hole" phase by now.
    You insult EVERYTHING, what even is your life? I don't understand you, I really don't.

  25. 25

    writes the idiot fame whore who has no concept of music for art's sake, not FAME'S sake. i read about this article and had to leave you a nice little comment. i do not read your website, nor do i keep up with your bullshit drivel about nothing. unfortunately, perez hilton, you don't have the capacity to comprehend their music. you are just too simple-minded. what do you listen to? katy perry? enough said.

  26. 26

    I don't even listen to MGMT, but that's nowhere near the holier than thou bullshit you spew on a daily basis, egomario.

  27. 27

    Well first of you probably didnt even listen to the other songs on oracular spectacular because they are not all poppy. You probably only listened to the three hit songs and assumed the whole album sounded like that. Second even if you dont like MGMT's music you dont have to start bashing them and calling them douche's because they are a lot nicer than you ever were. Youre the biggest douche of all time. Have you listened to yourself? Plus their new album was amazing. You probably blew it off since it wasnt Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus. You probably wouldnt even admit to liking the album, if it was amazing, because they turned down a song with your "precious" Gaga. You can judge their music but you dont have to go an bash them as people and you could at least be mature about it. Go out and listen to something else than Lady Gaga. Get over yourself.

  28. 28

    No one touches MGMT. NO ONE.

    Yes, about 20% of the dumbass population would agree with you — but guess what. They never gave MGMT a chance, just like you. They believe that the only thing good about MGMT is Time to Pretend, Electric Feel & Kids. If you're not going to bother even listening to their new album with an open mind, you don't have any right to be criticizing them or their music. OR Andrew, by the way.

    & Just so you know, Congratulations debuted at the top of the charts and is STILL on the top 100 on iTunes. JUST like Oracular was. Oh, and did I mention that their world tour for Congratulations has been nearly sold out? Oh yeah, sure, they're "FAILING" all right. Clearly their career is down the toilet.

    Why don't you do some research before watching one interview of them and deciding they're "douchebags".
    And last but not least:


  29. 29


  30. 30

    This article is complete bullshit. If you actually listened to Oracular Spectacular, instead of just downloading the three most popular songs on the album you would know that Congratulations isn't that far off from their first album. Oh, and care to explain how Congratulations was a failure of an album when it reached the number two spot on the Billboard charts? I've met MGMT and even hung out with them for a bit and I can guarantee that they definitely do not have a "Holier-Than-Thou" attitude, they're actually the kindest and coolest guys I've ever met. So Perez, you can grow up and actually back up your facts before you post something on this pathetic excuse for a Gossip Bog.

  31. 31

    lol you definitely have a crush on Andrew or something, like blogging about them will get his attention idk lol. I would talk about how much you hate, but hating is your job, so I understand it's an act.Anyway, even though, your scribbling made me laugh, nothing was douchey about what he said. I love MGMT :)

  32. 32

    A) Congratulations didn't tank
    B) MGMT is not a pop band
    C) Did you ever listen to the entire Oracular Spectacular album? My guess is no since you are hell bent on believing they only used to make electro pop music. Yes, the 3 big hits are electro pop, THE REST ARE NOT! Get that through your fucking bleached head, you prat.

  33. 33

    Every few weeks I come back to read your bullshit and always run into one or two entries that remind me what a ridiculous ass you are and why I stopped reading. Stop talking about things you don't know.

    Oh, and MGMT's Congratulations is the best album I heard this year. Their show at Radio City was great.

  34. 34

    Who's MGMT?
    They look like a bunch of hipsters…