Mindless Self Indulgence

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Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence on-stage in 2012
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Synthpunk, industrial rock, electronic rock, hip hop, new wave
Years active 1997–present
Labels Chip, Uppity Cracker, Elektra, Metropolis, The End
Associated acts The Left Rights, Tub Ring, The O, Retard-O-Bot, button*masher
Website www.mindlessselfindulgence.com
Members Jimmy Urine
Steve, Righ?
Past members Markus J. Euringer
Vanessa Y.T.

Mindless Self Indulgence (often identified using the abbreviation MSI) is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1997. Their music has a mixed style which includes punk rock, alternative rock, electronica, techno, industrial, hip hop, and breakbeat hardcore. MSI has also been known to define themselves as "electro-punk jungle pussy" or "industrial jungle pussy punk".[1] Their group name is derived from an Ayn Rand quote found in the book Atlas Shrugged.


Between 1987 and 1996, James Euringer (stage name Jimmy Urine) recorded about 35 songs which varied in musical style, usually settling in an industrial/electronic punk style. These songs were recorded alone by Euringer in New York City using rudimentary equipment. Euringer released an album titled Mindless Self-Indulgence, which featured songs in a very industrial style akin to Nine Inch Nails.[2]

The first concert using the name "Mindless Self Indulgence" was performed on September 7, 1995.

In 1997, Euringer recorded a cover of Method Man's "Bring The Pain", which was made by merging six different styles of the same cover into one song. This became the basis for the Mindless Self Indulgence sound. Shortly after, the current band was formed when Jimmy Urine was joined by Steve, Righ? on guitar, Urine's brother Markus Euringer on second guitar (replaced by bassist Vanessa Y.T., who was subsequently replaced by bassist Lyn-Z), and Urine's cousin[3] Kitty on drums. They have released five albums, two EPs, one live album, and one live DVD. Rather than signing traditional record contracts, the band has licensed most of their albums to record labels, retaining ownership of the music.

The group maintains a devout fanbase, and has opened for many well-known acts such as Linkin Park, System of a Down, Korn, Sum 41, Insane Clown Posse and Rammstein. Notable bands who have opened for them include The Red Paintings, The Dresden Dolls, Rasputina, mc chris, The Birthday Massacre, Tub Ring, Death Spells, and Dog Fashion Disco. In January 2009, the band headlined the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink tour.[4]

In December 2010, they released a comic entitled Adventures Into Mindless Self Indulgence about various tour stories and significant moments of the band's career.[5] The band released a remastered CD/DVD version of their first full-length album, Tight, in 2011, entitled Tighter. It included bonus tracks and recordings from their early days. On October 25, 2012, the band announced their fifth album via a Kickstarter campaign.[6] How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence was released in May 2013, following with the release of singles "It Gets Worse" in December and "Fuck Machine" in January 2014. On January 20, 2014, MSI announced that they would be taking a hiatus from touring after the completion of their 2014 tour.[7]

On September 18, 2015, Mindless Self Indulgence released Pink, a collection of 19 songs recorded between 1990 and 1997 by Euringer. The album includes cut-down and remastered versions of songs from the self-titled album, an audio diary recorded by Urine from July 1992, and covers of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and Duran Duran's "Girls on Film".[8]

Uppity Cracker[edit]

Uppity Cracker is an independent record label created by Jimmy Urine and James Galus, which the band has used to distribute numerous promos after their former label refused to distribute releases that featured controversial lyrics (such as the song "Panty Shot"). The label has been used for MSI releases such as Tight, Alienating Our Audience, and Despierta Los Niños, and for releases by the band's other project, The Left Rights. Albums that have been released on other labels also carry the Uppity Cracker imprint. The label's only release not related to Mindless Self Indulgence is by New York pop-rap group The O.[citation needed]


Current members[edit]

  • Jimmy Urine – vocals, synthesizer, programming (1997–present)
  • Steve, Righ? – guitar, backing vocals (1997–present)
  • Kitty – drums (1997–present)
  • Lyn-Z – bass guitar (2001–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Markus Euringer – guitar, bass guitar (1997)
  • Vanessa Y.T. – bass guitar (1998–2001)


Studio albums[edit]


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