Being the music geek I am, I often associate music with people or a phase in my life. These connections come about from any number of things. Maybe we had an epic dance to this song together. Maybe you were the one to introduce me to that band. Maybe I had that song on repeat during that month.
For me, if any band were to represent 2008 for me it would be MGMT. No party went by without the dance floor being overrun by people dancing to Electric Feel or Kids. I have many fond memories of looking around at friends grinning and dancing as they sang "This is our decision, to live fast and die young /// We've got the vision, now let's have some fun..." I remember lots of good times at a certain Hataitai flat, when I would dash through the winter rain, only to be warmed up quickly once I got inside and started dancing to MGMT.
Though the early demos started off on the student radio stations last year, it was this year that C4 et al. began to take notice of MGMT. So now their music is everywhere, even on the likes of Skins, Gossip Girl and 90210. It just shows what a difference being on a major label (Sony/Columbia) makes.
Because Orracular Spectacular is a Sony BMG release and because I was still working at The CD and DVD Store when it first came out, we had to play that album at least twice a day. Normally this kills an album for me (I couldn't listen to and actually enjoy Amy Winehouse's Back to Black until a year after it was released), but I still can't get enough of it. I'm pretty sure the album is my favourite debut album of 2008.
There's something about the carefree, exuberant feelings that I get when I listen to Orracular Spectacular that makes me enjoy it so much. And let's face it, who doesn't wish their life was a MGMT video?