The last time MGMT played a late-night show, the results were… interesting. Core members Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden led a dull, lifeless performance of “Your Life is a Lie” on the Late Show With David Letterman a few weeks back, earning meager applause from the audience and a polite Congratulations (hey oh!) from the host. On September 11, MGMT made another bizarre appearance on the small screen, dropping in on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to further promote their, um, not-so-great, self-titled third album, due September 17 via Columbia.
The sextet performed frolicking psych-pop tune “Plenty of Girls in the Sea” while wearing full-on scuba gear — snorkeling masks, wet suits, flippers — and singing to a fish bowl, because that’s exactly the sort of thing that MGMT does. At the very least, let’s all be thankful that VanWyngarden’s Elton John-esque, star-shaped glasses didn’t resurface. Watch that ?uestlove-approved performance above and scroll down to see a web exclusive rendition of “Alien Days.”