Me and Michael
by MGMT

Album: Little Dark Age (2018)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This jaunty ode to friendship stems from MGMT's love of 1980 synth-pop, according to an interview with Q magazine. The band's Andrew VanWyngarden explained that the song's chorus was originally "Me and My Girl" before the duo decided that was too "boring and cheesy." He added that the pair developed the track "into this ambiguous story, and we really liked that – writing a catchy song that gets you pumped up, but you have no idea what the message is."
  • The song's surrealistic music video, directed by Joey Frank and Randy Maitland, tells a fictitious story of how MGMT lifted "Me and Michael" straight from Filipino rock group Truefaith. We see the duo come across a YouTube video of Truefaith performing a song called "Ako at si Michael" and turn it into a worldwide hit before their plagiarism is discovered.

    Not only is Truefaith an actual band, they actually recorded a version of "Ako at si Michael" and filmed a video of their rendition.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Graham ParkerSongwriter Interviews

When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.