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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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Albums by
Modest Mouse

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    Strangers to Ourselves

    14 songs

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    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

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    Good News for People Who Love Bad News

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    The Moon & Antarctica [Bonus Tracks]

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    The Lonesome Crowded West

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    This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About

    24 songs

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    Sad Sappy Sucker

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    Of Course We Know

    1 song

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    The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box

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    The Best Room

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    Coyotes

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    Lampshades on Fire [Only @ Best Buy]

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    Too Many Fiestas for Rueben/Cowboy Dan

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    White Lies, Yellow Teeth/Buttons to Push Buttons

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    Building Nothing Out of Something

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    The Fruit That Ate Itself

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    No One's First, and You're Next

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    Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks

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    Baron Von Bullshit Rides Again [EP]

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    Interstate 8

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    Sad Sappy Sucker

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    Perpetual Motion Machine

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    Good News For People Who Love Bad News

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    Your Life

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Top Songs by
Modest Mouse

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  2.   Float On
  3.   Dashboard
  4.   Lampshades on Fire
  5.   Ocean Breathes Salty
  6.   Missed the Boat
  7.   Polar Opposites
  8.   Paper Thin Walls
  9.   The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box
  10.   Out of Gas
  11.   The World at Large
  12.   Never Ending Math Equation
  13.   Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
  14.   Fire It Up
  15.   Satellite Skin
  16.   Gravity Rides Everything
  17.   Trailer Trash
  18.   Custom Concern
  19.   Autumn Beds
  20.   Bankrupt on Selling
  21.   3rd Planet
  22.   Heart Cooks Brain
  23.   Florida
  24.   Little Motel
  25.   Perfect Disguise
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