The song was the center of a legal dispute with the former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, over the “insulting” compensation he offered for his illegal use of the song during a party conference. NME named it the number-one song on its list of the Best Singles of 2008. Two months after exiting the UK Top 40, the song german costumes for kids featured in an advertisement for the BBC1 program Waterloo Road.
The single received considerable airplay in the U. UK, Ireland and Australia before the release date, charting in the UK, Ireland and Australia. 30, playing on radio stations like Nova. Kids was selected for the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 09. The song plays during several scenes near its end and over the credits. MGMT was involved in a legal dispute with the former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.
This section possibly contains original research. On June 3, 2009, MGMT released the official music video for “Kids”. It was directed by Ray Tintori, who directed MGMT’s previous videos for “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel. It begins with a quote ostensibly from Mark Twain, on a background of fire. The video has been criticized for its treatment of the toddler who appears to be truly frightened throughout the video, although it is stated on the MGMT website, “No children were harmed in the making of this video. An acoustic version of “Kids” was recorded by The Kooks in August 2008, to appear on the next volume of Triple J’s cover compilation Like a Version.