Mystery Disease
by MGMT

Songfacts®:

  • This mystical, hallucinogenic sprawl was inspired in part by a friend of MGMT who fell seriously ill with an unknown ailment.

    Another inspiration was Steven Martin's memoirs about living in southeast Asia, Opium Fiend. Vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden told NME: "He's this guy who was obsessed with opium paraphernalia and that era of opium use in the late 1800s, then got addicted to it. It's got the wispy spirit of opiate drugs crawling through it."

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