MGMT performed Flash Delirium and Brian Eno from their album Congratulations on SNL on NBC Saturday night. The program was guest-hosted by the star of the movie Precious Gabourey Sidibe. MGMT’s sound on the NBC comedy program SNL calls back to the music of 30 years ago and beyond via the songs Flash Delirium and Brian Eno. The way you pronounce the name of this group (which is based in Brooklyn, New York, according to Wikipedia) is by saying the letters M-G-M-T. The long-running program has once again showcased a band that many people might not have heard of before.
MGMT Emanated A New Wave, Even Classic Pink Floyd-Like Sound on SNL as this Band Performed Flash Delirium and Brian Eno
The band came out dressed mostly in black, including black suit coats (except the drummer Will Berman) for their first selection before “Weekend Update”: the very poetic and heavy on lyrics tune Flash Delirium. The way Flash Delirium was sung by MGMT reminded me of the new wave hits that were a part of early 1980s radio, plus that of the classic late 1960s psychedelic sound of Pink Floyd because of the song’s “neo-psychedelia” sound. The song had a nice flow to it and was nicely-paced. It was received well by the SNL audience.
Before Saturday Night Live was over, the alternative rock band reappeared and crooned out Brian Eno, which was received enthusiastically by the SNL audience. This tune is also a fast-paced song that is really heavily-influenced by the psychedelic and new wave roots of the past, even more so than with Flash Delirium. This tune has both humorous and manic overtones. Brian Eno is an iconic English musician and composer who’s credited as being an innovator of ambient music (that’s influenced by the new wave and psychedelic genres), according to his Wikipedia biography.
It’s incredible what bands like MGMT can do in meshing two different kinds of musical genres into their own sound, but this group also shows that no matter what may seem new in music to listeners, there’s deep roots that such songs have sprung out from. In two weeks (May 8, 2010), SNL fans are eagerly awaiting not only the guest-host appearance of Betty White, but the scheduled appearance of musical guest Jay-Z.
SNL, April 24, 2010, NBC
MGMT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGMT, Wikipedia
Brian Eno: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno, Wikipedia