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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 bought there old albums on vacation with my friend in fla and brought em back to wv and everyone i knew either loved em already or quickly began to
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1 Kiss your left hand
2 Say your crushes name
3 Say your name
4 Pick a day of the week
5 Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
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boucheraiden
Modest Mouse is KILLER����
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The dashboard melted but we still had the radio, not that they even play Mouse on the radio, but NOW they do!!
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Meaning "Float On"
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Is it just me or is this like exaclty the same as the show goes on by lupe fiasco...
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I hate how well lampshades on fire got stuck in my head.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You jump off a cliff. You die. End of story. STOP SPAMMING CHAIN MESSAGES!!!! ! THEY ARE FAKE!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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bfhfhhfv
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mine too
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one of the most underrated and under appreciated bands. They are one of my favorite bands.��
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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tmendoza161
I remember listening to this song for the first time in Las Vegas at a party and watching this unbelievably gorgeous girl dancing her heart out to it all while looking delicious.
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same laura
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same
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Crying BC this song okok bye
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Good lord this song really makes me feel so good I don't like it
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foulbeast7
Wow. Such a poorly thought out name. But that doesn't mean they have bad songs (I don't know. I've never listened to them.).
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Love modest mouse. But am not keen on their song float on... They have much better tracks that should have gotten more attention.
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Where was I when all this was going on? This group is great.
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I feel
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Oh my. The feels.
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dugghmbhchum n u j j k h y j y g u u g h j j t h j g h j j g h i l k h j h u k
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Cannot wait to see modest mouse in Brooklyn :-).
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913168374
dashboard melted but we still have the radio...
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We'll all float on...anyway. . . . o k . . . .
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I love them ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Lyrics with fantastic meaning, and substance I still find unbelievable , Modest Mouse is by far my favorite band. Can't wait to see them in Brooklyn.
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Modest Mouse will always be my favorite band. They sing from the heart and they're so unique and I can't get enough of their sound.
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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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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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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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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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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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