James
by MGMT

Album: Little Dark Age (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • "James" was written while MGMT were high on acid. Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser and co-producer Patrick Wimberly took what they thought was a "a microdose of acid," but it turned out to be more of a macro-dose.

    "I spent hours screaming at the top of my lungs about Pakistan," VanWyngarden explained to Q magazine.

    The idea looked like backfiring until Goldwasser stumbled on a keyboard loop and the two were able to completed the whole song during the single session.
  • The song is a tribute to Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser's good friend James Richardson, who is the guitarist in MGMT’s live band.

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