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MGMT - Time To Pretend (Glastonbury Festival 2008)

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"Time to Pretend"
200px-MGMT Time To Pretend 7inch.jpg
Single by MGMT
from the album Oracular Spectacular
ReleasedMarch 3, 2008
Format7", CD
GenreIndie pop, indietronica, synthpop, neo-psychedelia
Writer(s)Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser
MGMT singles chronology

"Time to Pretend" is a song by the American indie band MGMT, released as the lead single from their debut studio album Oracular Spectacular (2007) on March 3, 2008. An earlier version had been released on their Time to Pretend EP. The single was released as a 7" and CD single featuring the B-sides "Weekend Wars" (BBC Radio 1 Session)[2] and "Metanoia", respectively.[3] In early 2009, the song was re-released in the UK. The song was ranked at number 493 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4] The song was ranked at number 90 on NME's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Charts
    • 5.1 End-of-year charts
    • 5.2 End of year
  • 6 Television performances
  • 7 In popular culture
    • 7.1 Television
    • 7.2 Film
    • 7.3 Commercials
    • 7.4 Video games
  • 8 Covers
  • 9 Remixes
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links


The track was originally recorded for the Time to Pretend EP (2005). It was re-recorded for the Oracular Spectacular album.

From a quote from live at Abbey Road:

Music video

The music video for the song contains references to Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain[5] and the classic book Lord of the Flies. The video was directed by Ray Tintori. Tiscali Music gave the video a rating of 10 out of 10[6][7] A 3D version of the video with minor changes to the original was also produced.


"Time to Pretend is a space-rock gem that mocks the clichéd coke-and-hookers rock-star lifestyle, over big synth whooshes." – Kevin O'Donnell, Rolling Stone[8]

The song hit #38 on the Mediabase Alternative chart.[9] Time critic Josh Tyrangiel named Time to Pretend the #8 song of 2008.[10] The song was #3 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008,[11] #4 on NME's Best Singles of 2008,[12] The song was ranked at number 493 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4] NME ranked "Time to Pretend" as the 2nd best song of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 12 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[13]

Television performances

MGMT performed the song "Time to Pretend" in a 3.5 minute slot on Late Show with David Letterman on January 8, 2008, ending the performance with a nod to The Doors' "Light My Fire". The song subsequently hit #19 on the Mediabase U.S. Alternative chart.[24] They later performed the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on May 15, 2008. The band returned to Letterman for a 4-minute slot on May 11, 2010.


"Time to Pretend" has featured in a number of TV shows, including HBO's show Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7, episode 2, which originally aired on April 18, 2009, the Season 1 finale of Gossip Girl on May 19, 2008, and featured prominently at the end of the second series finale of popular UK channel E4's Skins but was later omitted from the DVD release of the series due to issues acquiring the rights. It was also featured in the series premiere of 90210 on September 2, 2008 and in the pilot episode of HBO's Girls and the pilot episode of The Magicians. It has also appeared in ITV's live coverage of Champions League football. "Time to Pretend" was also used on the Argentine TV show Exitosos Pells, showing bloopers from the series.


"Time to Pretend" has been used in the 2008 films (or in the trailers for) Sex Drive, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and 21, an early trailer for the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland and the 2011 film Warrior. In addition, the song appeared in the official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.


The song was the theme music for Manchester-based UK radio station Key 103/Piccadilly Magic 1152's new football show Total Football covering Manchester United and Manchester City games. It was also included in one of HMV's holiday commercials. The song was also used for the Polish TV commercial for the Ferrero SpA Duplo chocolate bar aired from December 2009.

Video games

  • The song was featured in Shaun White Snowboarding, released in November 2008, along with another track from Oracular Spectacular, "Of Moons Birds Monsters". It has also been featured in several skateboarding videos.
  • The song was featured on the NHL 2K10 soundtrack.[25]
  • Sections of this song appear in the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet.
  • The song and its music video appears on the soundtrack of Guitar Hero Live as part of its GHTV service.


  • BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge sessions:
    • Kaiser Chiefs, September 2008
    • Paolo Nutini, November 2009
    • Jón Þór Birgisson from Sigur Rós, March 2010
  • Broderick Smith and Patience Hodgson (of The Grates) performed a duet of the song live on the RocKwiz Episode 74 in January 2009.[26]
  • Covered by Weezer at the Reading Festival 2010.
  • Covered by Sunday Girl, premiering on her YouTube channel in August 2010.
  • Covered by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy for Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 Saturday Sessions 2010.
  • Covered by Anthony Jasmin during the final of the seventh season of the Danish version of X Factor.
  • Covered by The Reach, single released October 2015


  • The Welsh Drum and Bass artist High Contrast produced a drum and bass remix of "Time to Pretend". This remix was featured on Radio 1 during the Sub Focus Essential Mix of 25 April 2009.


  1. ^ Keaveny, Shaun. "Record of the Week". BBC Radio. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "MGMT Time To Pretend UK 7" RECORD (428836)". Retrieved October 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "MGMT Ready UK Debut Single Time To Pretend". Angry Ape. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "'Rolling Stone' Updates '500 Greatest Songs' List". CBS 2 Chicago. May 28, 2010. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Morrison, Kyle (May 14, 2008). "MGMT". DEJOUR Magazine. Cultural Commentary. Brash Publisher Network. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Time to Pretend: video review". Tiscali Music. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Time To Pretend video". Vevo. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin. "Artist to Watch: MGMT". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 14, 2007. 
  9. ^ "US Alternative Radio Airplay Monitor". Mediabase. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 
  10. ^ Time, December 22, 2008, pp. 47–8.
  11. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. December 25, 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  12. ^ "NME's Track Of The Year 2008". NME. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  13. ^ "150 best tracks of the past 15 years". NME. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). August 23, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ Billboard Artist Chart History – MGMT (Canada)
  16. ^ "Irish Charts Week 30". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Artist Chart History – MGMT (Japan)". 
  18. ^ "UK Singles Chart". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Hot Modern Rock Tracks". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 22, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2008. 
  21. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 22, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart 2008" (PDF). Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  24. ^ "US Alternative Radio Airplay Monitor". Mediabase. Retrieved February 7, 2008. 
  25. ^ "2K Beats: NHL 2K10". 2K Sports. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Patience Hodgson and Broderick Smith". 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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