MGMT’s official “Kids” video

After releasing videos for a few less pervasive tracks from Oracular Spectacular over the past year, MGMT is finally out with one for “Kids”.

Directed by Ray Tintori ’06, the video is a whole six minutes long and jumps between live action, puppets, and a psychedelic cartoon, with a narrative pitting a terrified toddler against a slew of hellish monsters.

Joanna Newsom appears as a Bad Mother, carelessly toting the protagonist around while oblivious to the danger he faces everywhere. Who can save him from evil zombies and bad parenting? Team MGMT dressed in aluminum foil, led by a godlike Andrew VanWyngarden, that’s who. Unless entropy gets him first!

Just watch it:

(HQ here)

[via Carlo Francisco ’11/Stereogum]

That must be a well-adjusted kid – MGMT claim no children were harmed in the making of this video.

And yeah, that quote is not Mark Twain, it’s Nietzsche. Lulz?

Other MGMT videos:

35 thoughts on “MGMT’s official “Kids” video

  1. Anonymous

    I love MGMT’s music. I would not recognize them if I saw them in person, which is true for the majority of my favorite music groups.

  2. Anonymous

    I love MGMT’s music. I would not recognize them if I saw them in person, which is true for the majority of my favorite music groups.

  3. observer

    also some of the pictures of the kids are other wes alums to, including one benjamin rowland ’08

  4. observer

    also some of the pictures of the kids are other wes alums to, including one benjamin rowland ’08

  5. Anonymous

    Seriously, guys? Come on. Yes, people graduate and then current students don’t know them personally. Duh. But, many members of the wider Wesleyan community, including alums and grad students read this blog and DO remember. And, so what if underclassmen are interested in alums? The band has come and played at Wes every year since they graduated except the last school year. Their popularity on campus has always waxed and waned regardless of how many people know what they look like (anyone remember the dismal showing at ZHD or DD, I forget which, in 2006, with people muttering “who do they think they are, Prince?”?)Haters, chill. Mooching, I’m sure, is the last thing most of us are trying to do.

  6. Anonymous

    Seriously, guys? Come on. Yes, people graduate and then current students don’t know them personally. Duh. But, many members of the wider Wesleyan community, including alums and grad students read this blog and DO remember. And, so what if underclassmen are interested in alums? The band has come and played at Wes every year since they graduated except the last school year. Their popularity on campus has always waxed and waned regardless of how many people know what they look like (anyone remember the dismal showing at ZHD or DD, I forget which, in 2006, with people muttering “who do they think they are, Prince?”?)Haters, chill. Mooching, I’m sure, is the last thing most of us are trying to do.

  7. Anonymous

    If I remember correctly, when they played towards the end of the year in 2008, they were basically standing outside of fayerweather with no one swarming/talking to them or anything. I think a good majority of Wes kids don’t even know what they look like.

  8. Anonymous

    If I remember correctly, when they played towards the end of the year in 2008, they were basically standing outside of fayerweather with no one swarming/talking to them or anything. I think a good majority of Wes kids don’t even know what they look like.

  9. Anonymous

    I feel like every video I’ve ever seen by Ray Tintori is always almost cool. Never really cool. Eh.

  10. Anonymous

    I feel like every video I’ve ever seen by Ray Tintori is always almost cool. Never really cool. Eh.

  11. Anonymous

    there is no longer anyone at Wesleyan who was in school at the same time as MGMT, except a few who didn’t graduate on time

  12. Anonymous

    there is no longer anyone at Wesleyan who was in school at the same time as MGMT, except a few who didn’t graduate on time

  13. ?

    Do the kids at Wes still appreciate Ben and Andrew or are Wesleying bloggers still mooching off the famous alumni?

  14. ?

    Do the kids at Wes still appreciate Ben and Andrew or are Wesleying bloggers still mooching off the famous alumni?

  15. Anonymous

    @ 1 – I hope so, you are right about Twain, but that is a fairly subtle joke to make in such a way, and you may be giving too much credit.

  16. Anonymous

    @ 1 – I hope so, you are right about Twain, but that is a fairly subtle joke to make in such a way, and you may be giving too much credit.

  17. Anonymous

    I assume that the attributing the quote to Twain is a joke about how basically every famous quote is attributed to him. Although I suppose Oscar Wilde would have worked as well.

  18. Anonymous

    I assume that the attributing the quote to Twain is a joke about how basically every famous quote is attributed to him. Although I suppose Oscar Wilde would have worked as well.

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