This song is often misinterpreted to be about sex, but it's really about drugs. When MGMT performed it on the David Letterman Show, lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden said: "This song is not about eels, its about drugs."
In an interview with Crossfire, Ben Goldwasser discussed MGMT's song writing: "A lot of times when we write songs we have had some kind of influence or a style that we really want to put into our music. Like, we'll say let's have that part sound like this and that part sound like that and then we piece it all together. We didn't plan anything, it was more of a song by song thing. We tend to be inspired a lot by artists that switch genres each album. Each song is different. (Anglo-Dutch experimental Rock band) Legendary Pink Dots are like that. When we were writing the album they were a big influence. We literally just wrote whatever came to us. There is a weird combination on the album because it has a couple of older tracks on it which were originally electronic with a more dancey feel. 'Electric Feel' was one of the first songs we wrote, well the first actual song with lyrics."
A remix of this song by the French production team Justice won a Grammy in the category Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
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