Night on the Sun

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Night on the Sun
EP by Modest Mouse
Released 1999, 2000
Genre Indie rock, punk rock

23:40 (CD Release)

19:17 (Vinyl Release)
Label Rebel Beat Factory Up Records (US) Matador Records (UK)
Producer Brian Deck
Modest Mouse chronology
The Lonesome Crowded West
Night on the Sun
Building Nothing Out of Something
Alternative cover
Cover for the 2016 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork (8.7/10) [1]

Night on the Sun is an EP by alternative rock band Modest Mouse, released in 1999 as a Japan-only album, again in 2000 as a 12" vinyl in the US and UK [1], and was re-issued in 2016[2]. The tracks on the Japan's Rebel Beat Factory label were taken from The Moon & Antarctica demos that were sent to Epic Records. The four tracks on 12" ended up on 2001s Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks. Extra percussion on I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off A Short Dock) was provided by Ben Massarella and bass on You're the Good Things was played by Ben Blankenship [3].


Pitchfork Media compared the EP favorably to the works of The Velvet Underground, noting that the recording contained both characteristics of their earlier work as well as the musical direction taken after their major-label debut album, The Moon & Antarctica[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD Release[edit]

  1. "Night on the Sun" – 9:21
  2. "You're the Good Things (It's Alright to Die)" – 4:23
  3. "Wild Packs of Family Dogs" – 1:47
  4. "Dark Center of the Universe" – 4:19
  5. "Your Life" – 3:21
  6. "No Title" (Jeremiah Green speaking Japanese) – 0:18

Vinyl Release[edit]

  1. "Willful Suspension of Disbelief" – 3:33
  2. "Night on the Sun" – 7:36
  3. "I Came as a Rat (Long Walk Off a Short Dock)" – 4:36
  4. "You're the Good Things" – 3:32


  1. ^ a b Kempke, D. Erik (24 August 1999). "Modest Mouse: Night on the Sun EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 November 2012.