Mindless Self Indulgence

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Mindless Self Indulgence
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Mindless Self Indulgence onstage in 2012
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active 1997–2014 (hiatus)[1][2]
Labels Elektra, Metropolis, The End
Associated acts Tub Ring
Website mindlessselfindulgence.com
Members
Past members
  • Markus Euringer
  • Vanessa Y.T.

Mindless Self Indulgence (often shortened to MSI) is an American electropunk 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. Their group name is derived from an Ayn Rand quote found in the book Atlas Shrugged.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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

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.

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]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jimmy Urine – vocals, synthesizer, programming (1995–present)
  • Steve, Righ? – guitar, backing vocals (1997–present)
  • Jennifer Dunn – drums (1997–present)
  • Lyn-Z Way – bass guitar (2001–present)

Former members[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks
US
[9]
US Indie
[9]
UK
[10]
1999 Tight
  • Released: April 20, 1999
  • Label: Uppity Cracker
2000 Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy
  • Released: February 22, 2000
  • Label: Elektra
2005 You'll Rebel to Anything 107 4
2008 If
  • Released: April 29, 2008
  • Label: The End
27 2 132
2013 How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence
  • Release date: May 14, 2013
  • Label: Uppity Cracker
103 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not certified.

EPs[edit]

Year Album details
2003 Despierta Los Niños
  • Released: November 1, 2003
  • Label: Uppity Cracker
2006 Another Mindless Rip Off
2010 <3
  • Released: February 13, 2010

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2002 Alienating Our Audience
  • Released: October 8, 2002
  • Label: Uppity Cracker

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details
2015 Pink

Demo albums[edit]

  • Crappy Little Demo (1997)
  • Thank God Demo (2001)

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
US Dance
[11]
UK
[12]
1999 "Bring the Pain" Tight
2000 "Bitches" Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy
"Planet of the Apes"
2001 "Thank God" Alienating Our Audience
2006 "Shut Me Up" 1 You'll Rebel to Anything
"Straight to Video" 1
2008 "Mastermind" If
"Never Wanted to Dance" 1 180
"(It's 3AM) Issues" 4
"On It" 2
"Pay for It" 1
2009 "Evening Wear/Mark David Chapman" 1
2013 "It Gets Worse" How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence
2014 "Fuck Machine"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

As The Left Rights[edit]

Side project by Jimmy Urine and Steve, Righ?

The Left Rights

  • Released: September 24, 2002
  • Label: Uppity Cracker


Bad Choices Made Easy

  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Label: Metropolis

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details
2007 Our Pain, Your Gain
  • Released: September 11, 2007
  • Label: Uppity Cracker

References[edit]

External links[edit]