So you know that band that you and everyone you know really love, MGMT? You know that awesome song, "Kids," that's still more or less inescapable? You know how that song got famous in 2008? Here's a video of Ben and Andrew, the two guys in MGMT, playing "Kids" for a crowd of fifty at a club in 2002:Now watch this video, of the same two kids, playing the same song, at the Reading Festival in Leeds last year for a crowd of 50,000 (or more):
There's something so incredible about watching these two videos back-to-back, or playing them both at the same time....even though their performance back in 2002 was rough and they seem nervous and uncomfortable at times, the music is completely there, ready for a stadium. The only thing that needed to catch up was the size of the crowd. To see a piece of music that will eventually get millions of people excited first being tested by two nervous college students for their friends is a rare and amazing thing to be able to witness.
Even though I never wrote any songs as good as "Kids," I know exactly what it feels like to be 18 years old and playing loud, crazy music you wrote for your friends and not caring what it sounds like. When you're on a stage in a setting like that, you're just dreaming of playing somewhere like Reading, but for most people that will never happen.
Knowing that this is where MGMT will eventually be, however, with tens of thousands of European fans screaming their lyrics, makes that first video all the more magical by giving it a sense of pre-destiny...