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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse were one of the most surprising commercial success stories of the new millennium -- while their music was by turns taut and elliptical, and the lyrics sometimes cryptic and introspective, the band broke through to the mainstream audience with the platinum-selling Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and they became genuine rock stars at a time when their musical peers remained cult figures. Modest Mouse were founded in 1993 by guitarist and vocalist Isaac Brock, bassist Eric Judy, and drummer Jeremiah Green. Brock, who had a nomadic childhood, was only 18 and living in a shed next to his mother's trailer home when Modest Mouse began working together, with the shed becoming the new band's rehearsal space and base of operations. In 1994, Modest Mouse booked time at Calvin Johnson's Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington to cut their first record, and Johnson released their debut 7", "Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?," on his K Records label. Modest Mouse soon began work on an album, but the project was abandoned and the material went unreleased until 2001, when it appeared on a collection called Sad Sappy Sucker.

After releasing a handful of singles, Modest Mouse went into the studio with Johnson as producer to record an EP, The Fruit That Ate Itself, but by the time it was released, the group had already moved on to another Northwest-based indie label, Up Records. Released in 1996, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, produced in collaboration with Steve Wold (who would find fame a few years later as grizzled blues hobo Seasick Steve), was Modest Mouse's first proper album, and received enthusiastic reviews in the independent music press. In 1997, Modest Mouse returned with The Lonesome Crowded West, which earned more positive press and was a considerable sales success by indie label standards, supported by extensive touring. As Modest Mouse's following grew, they were courted by major-label scouts, and they eventually signed with Epic Records, who released The Moon & Antarctica in 2000. A collection of demos and session outtakes, Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks, was issued in 2001, and Brock released an album with his side project Ugly Casanova in 2002. In 2003, it was announced that drummer Green had left Modest Mouse; Benjamin Weikel of the Helio Sequence became the group's new percussionist (he also doubled on keyboards), and Dann Gallucci, who had been a guest guitarist on the sessions for Sad Sappy Sucker and The Lonesome Crowded West, became an official member of the band.

The new lineup recorded 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which proved to be Modest Mouse's commercial breakthrough, rising to the top of the album charts, spawning the hit singles "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty," and selling over a million copies as the band began headlining arenas. By the end of 2004, Green returned to Modest Mouse, and in 2006, after Gallucci left the group, the band recruited Johnny Marr, legendary guitarist with the Smiths, to take his place for the recording of their next album. Marr not only appeared on 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, he became a full member of Modest Mouse and toured with the group in support of the album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts. In 2005, Brock had launched his own record label, Glacial Pace Records, saying the name reflected his own slow working habits; while Modest Mouse continued to play live shows, work on their next album progressed very gradually, and in 2009 they issued a collection of outtakes and non-LP single sides, No One's First, And You're Next, as a stopgap. A tour was launched in support, but as Marr had joined the Cribs, Jim Fairchild (who had worked with Grandaddy and All Smiles) became the group's new guitarist, and when Modest Mouse played a round of shows in 2012, the group debuted a new lineup with the addition of second percussionist Joe Plummer. While Eric Judy was still an official member of the band, for some 2012 dates he was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso, who had been touring with the group as a sideman since 2004. In 2014 Modest Mouse issued the single "Lampshades on Fire" in anticipation of the release of their sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, in March 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Strangers To Ourselves

1. Strangers To Ourselves

2. Lampshades On Fire

3. S**t In Your Cut

4. Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)

5. Ansel

6. The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box

7. Coyotes

8. Pups To Dust

9. Sugar Boats

10. Wicked Campaign

11. Be Brave

12. God Is An Indian And Youre An A**hole

13. The Tortoise And The Tourist

14. The Best Room

15. Of Course We Know

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Track List: No One's First, And You're Next

1. Satellite Skin

2. Guilty Cocker Spaniels

3. Autumn Beds

4. The Whale Song

5. Perpetual Motion Machine

6. History Sticks To Your Feet

7. King Rat

8. I've Got It All (Most)

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Track List: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

1. March Into The Sea

2. Dashboard

3. Fire It Up

4. Florida

5. Parting Of The Sensory

6. Missed The Boat

7. We've Got Everything

8. Fly Trapped In A Jar

9. Education

10. Little Motel

11. Steam Engenius

12. Spitting Venom

13. People As Places As People

14. Invisible

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Track List: Float On

1. Float On

2. I've Got It All (Most)

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Track List: Good News For People Who Love Bad News

1. Horn Intro

2. World At Large

3. Float On

4. The Ocean Breathes Salty

5. Dig Your Grave

6. Bury Me With It

7. Dance Hall

8. Bukowski

9. The Devil's Work Day

10. The View

11. Satin In A Coffin

12. Eric's Interlude

13. Blame It On The Tetons

14. Black Cadillacs

15. One Chance

16. The Good Times Are Killing Me

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Track List: Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks

1. Willful Suspension Of Disbelief

2. Night On The Sun

3. 3 Inch Horses, Two Faced Monsters

4. You're The Good Things

5. The Air

6. So Much Beauty In Dirt

7. Here It Comes

8. I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off A Short Dock)

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Track List: Sad Sappy Sucker

1. Worms Vs. Birds

2. Four Fingered Fisherman

3. Untitled

4. Wagon Ride Return

5. From Point A To Point B

6. Path Of Least Resistance

7. It Always Rains On A Picnic

8. Dukes Up

9. Think Long

10. Every Penny Fed Car

11. Mice Eat Cheese

12. Race Car Grin You Ain't No Landmark

13. Red Hand Case

14. Secret Agent X-9

15. Blue Cadet -3, Do You Connect?

16. Call To Dial A Song

17. 5-4-3-2-1 Lips Off

18. Woodgrain

19. BMX Crash

20. Sucker Betru

21. Black Blood & Old Newagers

22. SWY

23. Austral Opithecus

24. Sin Gun Chaser

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Track List: The Moon And Antarctica

1. 3rd Planet

2. Gravity Rides Everything

3. Dark Center Of The Universe

4. Perfect Disguise

5. Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes

6. A Different City

7. The Cold Part

8. Alone Down There

9. The Stars Are Projectors

10. Wild Packs Of Family Dogs

11. Paper Thin Walls

12. I Came As A Rat

13. Lives

14. Life Like Weeds

15. What People Are Made Of

16. 3rd Planet (Radio Edit)

17. Perfect Disguise (Live)

18. Custom Concern (Instrumental)

19. Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes (Live)

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Track List: Building Nothing Out Of Something

1. Never Ending Math Equation

2. Interstate 8

3. Broke

4. Medication

5. Workin' On Leavin' The Livin'

6. All Nite Diner

7. Baby Blue Sedan

8. A Life Of Artic Sounds

9. Sleepwalkin'

10. Grey Ice Water

11. Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative)

12. Other People's Lives

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Track List: The Lonesome Crowded West

1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

2. Heart Cooks Brain

3. Convenient Parking

4. Lounge (Closing Time)

5. Jesus Christ Was An Only Child

6. Doin' The Cockroach

7. Cowboy Dan

8. Trailer Trash

9. Out Of Gas

10. Long Distance Drunk

11. S**t Luck

12. Trucker Atlas

13. Polar Opposites

14. Bankrupt On Selling

15. Styfoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

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Track List: This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About

1. Dramamine

2. Breakthrough

3. Custom Concern

4. Might

5. Lounge

6. Beach Side Property

7. She Ionizes & Atomizes

8. Head South

9. Dog Paddle

10. Novocain Stain

11. Tundra/Desert

12. Ohio

13. Exit Does Not Exist

14. Talking S**t About A Pretty Sunset

15. Make Everyone Happy / Mechanical Birds

16. Space Travel Is Boring

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Track List: The Fruit That Ate Itself

1. Untitled Track 1

2. The Waydown

3. Untitled Track 3

4. Dirty Fingernails

5. Sunspots In The House Of The Late Scapegoat

6. The Fruit That Ate Itself

7. Untitled Track 7

8. Summer

9. Karma's Payment

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Track List: Baron Von Bullshit Rides Again (Live)

1. 3rd Planet (Live)

2. Never Ending Math Equation (Live)

3. Wild Packs Of Family Dogs (Live)

4. Broke (Live)

5. Paper Thin Walls (Live)

6. I Came As A Rat (Live)

7. Doin' The Cockroach (Live)

8. Bankrupt On Selling (Live)

9. Interstate 8 (Live)

10. The Good Times Are Killing Me (Live)

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Track List: Lampshades On Fire (Single)

1. Lampshades On Fire

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Track List: The Best Room (Single)

1. The Best Room

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Track List: Whenever You See Fit

1. Whenever You See Fit (Original Version)

2. Whenever You See Fit (DJ Dynamite D Mix)

3. Whenever You See Fit (Scientific America Mix)

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Love indie, love modest mouse. Nuff said!
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Opinions were like kittens , I was giving them away .
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Never listened to them but AMAZING name!!!
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Excellent tune
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I just want to hear King Rat, that's the only song I care about
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catfight1980
Eventually Pandora will get the hint that I don't want to hear Isaac brocks horrible voice after I thumb down. Every. Single. Song. By modest mouse
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lisamanniell o
BORNS 10,000 Emeralds PLAY IT PLAY IT PLAY IT
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moleculematt
If you love Modest Mouse, you'll love modern rock 98.7. They play some songs by this group. Listen to modern rock 98.7 right now.
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Is there a way to leave like 50 billion thumbs?
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broke up and relieved somehow...en d of the discussions that round and round and round..
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One of my first fondest memories of Modest Mouse...fire it up!
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i can't listen!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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The Dark Center of the Universe lyrics omits much of the repetition.
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Modest Mouse is pretty good, I like them a lot. Unfortunatel y for all the huge Modest Mouse fans, they're not in my top 4 bands. If you care who yet are, feel free to check me out.
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My favorite song of yours is "The World at Large"
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1 * steak overcooked and dry , potatoes cold and tasteless not to mention bad service cake is good
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https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / a _ g o o d _ m o v e m e n t
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I always thought that the guy in the picture of the band looked Amish
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love this song------mo d e s t mouse=best band=^-^=
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I ran my car into a cop car one day. He took me home safe. Lol. True story. We'll all float on OKAY
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Nice voices
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Songs for those of us who are living a Real Life...Fanta s t i c !
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lol i report every comment that has any sort of chain mail and/or spam
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this band is awesome!!!!!
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Isaac has overcome an incredibly tragic adolescent time and dealt with many issues that formed who is an artist and man. A Very talented and dedicated person who has an interesting point of view on life.
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LOVING THE NEW ALBUM
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Best Pandora station
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Isaac may not have the best voice, but it is still better than that guy from Kings of Leon.
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wonderful music every time i listen to them!!
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op
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modest mouse has changed my life forever. f**k all of y'all.
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Anytime I do anything artistic this is my go too. Or just to relax and kick back and escape to a place in my mind. Great GREAT stuff!!!!!!
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How can someone hate MM??!! Also, anyone follow? Ok, guess no one will, bye!
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Good!
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catfight1980 ! stop it!
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This song is in the movie pump up the volume...muc h love
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ehatchrulz
I LOVE this song!!!! I think it's says alot about certain people.
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catfight1980
Band is good but Isaac literally has the worst voice ever.. Intolerable
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Never heard this artist before
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Is there really nothing better to do than leave a chain mail post on a music site?
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mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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...and yes, Mitochondria are the Powerhouse of the Cell... Amen.
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69,877 likes. That seems like a lot. But the song 3rd Planet speaks to a place within us that is almost nearly inaccessible , a place where we truly make an exchange with the intangible. Many people probably thought "wow that's a really good song by a very good band, Thumbs Up". They unwittingly reacted to their innermost self and embraced what they heard. Be aware of that place within you today, this song may not be the last thing you hear there.
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...the Air
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... Out of gas
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... Boats
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I need to listen to Modest Mouse at least once a week to keep sanity
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So in love with modest mouse
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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