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

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This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Studio album by Modest Mouse
Released April 16, 1996
Recorded October–November 1995, Moon Studios, Olympia, Washington
Genre Indie rock, Indie folk
Length 74:03 (CD)
Label Up UP027
Producer Steve Wold
Modest Mouse chronology
Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?
(1994)
This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
(1996)
Interstate 8
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Punknews.org 5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media 6.8/10 (1996) [5]
8.5/10 (2014) [6]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [7]

This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About is the first full-length album by indie rock band Modest Mouse. The album was released on Up Records on April 16, 1996, on both compact disc and vinyl formats. The vinyl release contains two extra tracks, "Edit the Sad Parts" and "A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy". "Edit the Sad Parts" was later included on Interstate 8 and the Up Records compilation, US, while "A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy" remains available only on the vinyl editions released by Up in 1996 and Glacial Pace in 2014. Many of the tracks focus on traveling by automobile, and the loneliness and isolation associated with rural life. Sad Sappy Sucker was supposed to be released before This Is A Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About; however, it was delayed and shelved.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Isaac Brock, all music composed by Modest Mouse.

No. Title Length
1. "Dramamine"   5:42
2. "Breakthrough"   4:06
3. "Custom Concern"   4:28
4. "Might"   1:31
5. "Lounge"   6:33
6. "Beach Side Property"   6:59
7. "She Ionizes & Atomizes"   4:21
8. "Head South"   4:22
9. "Dog Paddle"   2:02
10. "Novocain Stain"   3:42
11. "Tundra/Desert"   5:24
12. "Ohio"   6:01
13. "Exit Does Not Exist"   4:57
14. "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset"   5:50
15. "Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds"   6:04
16. "Space Travel Is Boring"   1:53

Vinyl edition[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dramamine"   5:42
2. "Breakthrough"   4:06
3. "Custom Concern"   4:28
4. "Might"   1:31
5. "Lounge"   6:33
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Beach Side Property"   6:59
2. "She Ionizes & Atomizes"   4:21
3. "Head South"   4:22
4. "Dog Paddle"   2:02
5. "Novocain Stain"   3:42
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Tundra/Desert"   5:24
2. "Ohio"   6:01
3. "Exist Does Not Exist"   4:57
4. "Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset"   5:50
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds"   6:04
2. "Space Travel Is Boring"   1:53
3. "Edit The Sad Parts"   7:04
4. "A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy"   5:03

Band Members[edit]

Modest Mouse[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Steve Wold – slide guitar, mandolin, guitar, backup vocals
  • Brent Arnold – cello
  • Nicole Johnson – vocals on "Custom Concern", "She Ionizes & Atomizes", and "Head South"
  • Calvin Johnson – extra vocals on "Head South"

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