500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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MGMT, 'Time to Pretend'

493. MGMT, 'Time to Pretend'

Writers: Ben Goldwasser, Andrew VanWyngarden
Producer: Dave Fridmann
Released: Jan '08, Columbia
Did Not Chart

The rhythm was inspired by the wriggling of a praying mantis that VanWyngarden and Goldwasser kept in college. VanWyngarden wrote about rock-star fantasies ("I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin"), though it's unclear how facetious the words are. "Some think we're druggies. Others see the tongue-in-cheek element," he said. "That's what I hope for as a lyricist: confusion!"

Appears on: Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)

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