MGMT’s Andrew Vanwyngarden shares moody cover of Tones & I’s ‘Dance Monkey’

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It comes after the musician pledged a “super special prize” if the pledge campaign for Memphis radio station reached its goal.

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MGMT’s Andrew VanWingarden records a cover of Tones & I’s global hit ‘Dance Monkey’ – you can listen to it below.

  • READ MORE: The Story Behind Tones & I, Australian Busker Who Topped the Charts With ‘Dance Monkey’
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It comes after the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist promised a “super special prize” if Memphis radio station WYXR was able to achieve a goal of $2,000 in donations during a pledge campaign.

After the station reaches its goal, VanWingarden reveals the prize he’s promised: a moody, psychedelic rendition of ‘Dance Monkey’, which he shared passage of time Radio show on WYXR. You can listen to the cover below.


VanVingaarden has had a busy 2021, with their single in January releasing a new song titled ‘I Miss Dancing in New York’ under the moniker Gentle Dome.

VanVingaarden also produced Cola Boy’s psychedelia-tinged ballad “Kid Born in Space,” released in April. The track has been described as “the culmination of a true friendship” between Cola Boy and MGMT, completed by Ben Goldwasser.

In March, Metronomy shared an MGMT remix of their 2011 single ‘The Look’, after the former revealed that they would be re-releasing their third album, ‘The English Riviera’, to mark the milestone. The latter will be a 10th anniversary tour of the UK in 2022.

The ‘Metronomy Forever’ 2022 UK tour will celebrate a decade of the album and will end with a huge London show at the Alexandra Palace.


Meanwhile, Tones & I released their debut album, ‘Welcome to the Madhouse’, in July. The LP was previewed by the uplifting single ‘Cloudy Day’.

Speaking about the track, Tones & I said: “After my friend T passed away, I was struggling to write any song that would be happy or that I would like.

“I met a friend who told me this saying to my late mother – ‘On a cloudy day, look up at the sky and find the sun.’ I knew I wanted to use it as a song and the next time I went into the studio I wrote ‘Cloudy Day’.”

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