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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, Rovi
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Track List: Float On

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Track List: Lampshades On Fire (Single)

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Track List: The Best Room (Single)

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I backed my car into a cops car...the other day. lol that sucks
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RefreshingRe f r e s h i n g .
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This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this in ten comments in 10 minutes you'll have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 4 minutes, someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say the color
Look under your pillow
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My husband plays guitar...I sing, find melody, write lyrics. I have always admired you Modest Mouse for your non-cliche, picture painting, lyrics!!! I hear them and hope one day to be able to write kind of like you do!!! Thank you for writing what the people sometimes may not want to hear...but NEED TO HEAR!!!!
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For some reason, Modest Mouse reminds me of a sanitary napkin. How about you?
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@brandon.tyl e r . c h a s e that's not even fair........ :0 love SLC and MM...that's the perfect combo
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Float On is literally my life anthem <3
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My thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear mouth, My thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth
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jfleischli2
DASHBOARD
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ed, Intelligent lyrics can do that to mind like yourself. No big deal DNA.
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ed8473
I'd rather get my teeth drilled than listen to these idiots.
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And we all float on
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I was at there free concert in 2011 50000 of us from SLC Utah rocking out having a great time
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have anyone seen there band
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All of it is good but Missed the Boat is my absolute favorite! They have a way with words that makes everything come into focus.
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Feelin good.
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BEST BAN EVER
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squatchdog1
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at leats 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary because it works

To late I'm already dead
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tomharvey2
Cant wait for strangers to ourselves. The main single (lampshades on fire) is really good.
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Love them beyond words. They always make me feel better <3 Thx MM
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jasmineg5951 3
Kiss left hand say crush name close hand pick school day post this 15 times he will ask u out
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the
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f........... . . off......... . . . . . . . . . . .
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All I can say is yeah. Older stuff, Great band
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liked MM for a long time now.
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I've never been able to explain what Modest Mouse sounds like verbally. I always have to play a song for the person. SOME DAY YOU WILL DIE AND SOMETHING'S GONNA STEAL YOUR CARBON
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Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at leats 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary because it works
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the best bands that i can think of off the top of my head:the beatles,mode s t mouse,black sabbath
aerosmith,im a g i n e dragons,link i n park,mettali c a ,
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Awesome!!!!!
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Love this band
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Would have been could have been worse than you would ever know........ . .
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Lol love iit
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They never play modest where I ..
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Run it, love some mouse!
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bigcyril2005
Thanks issac... fun tune.
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awesome songs
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U rock!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love this song so much!!!!!♡★♡
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Love it ��
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LOVE THEM SO MUCH <3
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Euphemistica l l y spiralling through a maze of subjects really makes perfect sense in this world no subject mundane reality for dessert on a diet of green eggs and ham!!!
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The song really makes me feel like I don't feel like shot or killing myself which is a plus considering the thematic push in that direction yat think?
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@EmilyRachel Wrong place, this is their page not a song. Also I think you got the wrong band, no Modest Mouse song is overrated, they are all great ;).
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Most over-played and over-rated Modest Mouse song.
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Out of gas lol hate to have that happen while moving this country with industrial s/d... Or is it satire and fatigue?
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Modest mouse Awesomeness
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Follow for a follow
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redsparkle
Helped me get through the shitiest of times. Best sad song that makes you feel AWESOME!!!
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Fav modest mouse song
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imajjah4602
And said "Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven an hell," you missed you missed "are really there but I wouldn't hold my breath."
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