No One's First, and You're Next

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No One's First, and You're Next
Modest Mouse - No One's First, And You're Next.jpg
EP by Modest Mouse
Released August 4, 2009
Recorded 2003–2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 33:33
Label Epic
Modest Mouse chronology
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
(2007)We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank2007
No One's First, and You're Next
Strangers to Ourselves
(2015)Strangers to Ourselves2015
Singles from No One's First, and You're Next
  1. "Satellite Skin"
    Released: May 26, 2009
  2. "Autumn Beds"
    Released: June 23, 2009
  3. "Perpetual Motion Machine"
    Released: July 21, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[11]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
No Ripcord6/10 stars[6]
Now3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media(7.2/10)[8]
Planet Sound(8/10)[10]
PopMatters8/10 stars[9]

No One's First, and You're Next is an EP by American indie rock band Modest Mouse, released on August 4, 2009. It features unreleased tracks and B-sides from the band's previous two studio albums, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004) and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007). The collection of repolished outtakes was first mentioned in February 2008 when Rolling Stone conducted a short interview with frontman Isaac Brock in their "Smoking Section" column;[12] however, no other news regarding its release surfaced until an entire year later.

The vinyl version was released on August 14, 2009.



Three sets of 7" vinyl singles preceded the EP's release. The first single, "Satellite Skin / Guilty Cocker Spaniels", was planned to be released on April 18 in celebration of Record Store Day,[13] but was pushed back to May 26 because Isaac Brock didn't like the color of the vinyl, as it wasn't the right shade of orange. The record seemed to have difficulty playing on many people's record players and the seller would not take them back, causing annoyance among Modest Mouse fans.[14]

Music videos[edit]

Kevin Willis, who previously contributed artwork to drummer Jeremiah Green's side project Vells, directed the video for "Satellite Skin".[15] Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had started working on a music video for "King Rat". Unfinished when he died, the video was completed by co-director Daniel Auber and others. It was released on August 4, 2009, the same day that the EP was released. Later that year, Bent Image Lab director Nando Costa created a video for "The Whale Song", utilizing stop-motion animation.[16]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Satellite Skin" (released as an A-side)3:58
2."Guilty Cocker Spaniels" (released as a B-side to Satellite Skin)3:59
3."Autumn Beds" (released as an A-side)3:42
4."The Whale Song" (released as a B-side to Autumn Beds)6:07
5."Perpetual Motion Machine" (released as an A-side)3:11
6."History Sticks to Your Feet" (released as a B-side to Perpetual Motion Machine)3:55
7."King Rat" (released as a promotional single and as the B-side to Dashboard)5:30
8."I've Got It All (Most)" (released as the B-side to Float On)3:10


  1. ^ Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ No Ripcord review
  7. ^ Now review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Earls, John. "Modest Mouse: No One's First, and You're Next". Teletext. Retrieved August 16, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ The A.V. Club review
  12. ^ Dave Maher (2008-02-05). "Modest Mouse Working on New EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  13. ^ Ryan Dombal (2009-03-12). "Heath Ledger Directed a Modest Mouse Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Maybe he wanted it to be a shade of "Portland Orange"". 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  15. ^ William Goodman (2009-03-13). "Modest Mouse to Release Heath Ledger Video". Spin. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  16. ^ "Modest Mouse: 'The Whale Song' (Video) | Prefix". 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

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