Sad Sappy Sucker is the name of a 2001 album release by alternative rock band Modest Mouse. Originally slated to be Modest Mouse's debut album, Sad Sappy Sucker was shelved for several years until its eventual release in 2001, on the heels of the popularity of The Moon & Antarctica. Several songs were recorded at Olympia, Washington's Dub Narcotic Studios. The record was officially released by K Records on April 24, 2001, available in both Compact Disc and vinyl LP, and containing nine additional tracks added to the original track listing of 15 songs.
The first 15 tracks make up the original album Sad Sappy Sucker. Tracks 16-24 come from Isaac Brock's answering machine — he originally had a "Call to Dial a Song" service, similar to They Might Be Giants' Dial-A-Song.
"Worms vs. Birds" – 2:13
"Four Fingered Fisherman" – 2:27
"Wagon Ride Return" – 0:48
"Classy Plastic Lumber" (unlisted on back cover) – 2:03
Sad Sappy Sucker received mixed reviews from critics. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 55 out of 100, indicating "Mixed or average reviews". Pitchfork gave the album a 7 out of 10 on release, but after a reissue gave it a 7.2.PopMatters was slightly less praising, stating that "taken on its own merits, Sad Sappy Sucker is pretty good, but the out-and-out strangeness of it all and the fact that it doesn’t hold together as a real album may throw off the uninitiated (and who can blame them?)."Stereogum named it the worst Modest Mouse album, stating "the album is as grating and undercooked as indie rock debuts come, full of indulgent studio experiments, half-assed sketches, and tunes that sound like a generic sadcore band's demo cassette in high-speed dub mode....Sad Sappy Sucker asks the question: 'How many Built To Spills do we need?'"