Sunday, May 31, 2009

If only the recession was a mass hallucination ...

Last fall, financial experts retroactively proclaimed December 2007 to be the official beginning of the recession that's, well, still receding. But guess who predicted the financial crash right as it was starting? Weirdo musicians, of course!

In the December '07 issue of Spin magazine, David Marchese profiled psych-pop band MGMT. "Last winter," he wrote, "MGMT began to think the world might end. So Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser did what any reasonable neo-hippie music majors would do: They decamped to a desolate sliver of Brooklyn and concocted some seriously freaky songs. 'Something’s about to go down,' explains Goldwasser.... 'Things are going to change in a way nobody will be able to fix.' Vanwyngarden concurs. 'The apocalypse is in the zeitgeist,' he says.... 'But it doesn’t have to be about death and destruction; it could be the shattering of a mass hallucination ... where the human race realizes its true potential!'"

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