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Modest Mouse

446 Origins: Modest Mouse In The 90s

90s Origins - Roundtable

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Modest Mouse crashed the mainstream in the 2000s with Float On and Dashboard, but do they have undiscovered gems in their 1990s releases?

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Maybe you listened to Modest Mouse in 1996 or 1997 and thought, yes, this band will invade the public consciousness with a catchy single in the 2000s, launching them into elite status as a festival headliner, collaborate with a legendary guitarist, and influence a new generation of artists like Silversun Pickups, Future Islands, Car Seat Headrest and more. Most likely, as with us, you didn't, and figured a solid career in the indie music world was their destiny. We're okay with not foreseeing what may end up being the 90s underground's last stab at infiltrating the mainstream, and decided to revisit for our second "Origins" roundtable the early years of Modest Mouse in the 1990s. Isaac Brock's unique songwriting style is present immediately, but the refinement of later years hasn't happened, allowing for exploration and experimentation across expansive (re: long) albums. It's in 1997's sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West that the band gels, the focus sharpens, and the seeds of what were to come begin to sprout just enough at the intersection of distinct yet recognizable.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
  • 10:30 - Novocaine Stain
  • 16:18 - Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
  • 23:29 - Sleepwalking
  • 31:04 - Trailer Trash
  • 39:48 - Float On
  • Outro - Gravity Rides Everything

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90s Origins - Roundtable