Modest Mouse discography

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Modest Mouse discography
A group of six musicians performing on a stage, with an audience in the foreground and a gradient of pink and purple on a wall in the background.
Modest Mouse performing live on April 30, 2007 at the United Palace Theater in New York City
Studio albums 6
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 2
Music videos 11
EPs 6
Singles 25
B-sides 21
Reissues 9
Cassettes 4

The discography of Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band, consists of six studio albums, six extended plays, two compilation albums, four lo-fi cassette releases, one live album, twenty-five singles, and nine reissues. Three of their releases have been certified at least Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies; one of these releases has further been certified Platinum, for shipments in excess of 1,000,000 copies.

Modest Mouse formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington. This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About was released as the band's debut album in April 1996. Sad Sappy Sucker was originally intended to be released instead, but was shelved. Sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West followed in November 1997, and helped to earn the band a cult following; it has been cited by several publications as one of the best albums of the 1990s. After the album's release, Modest Mouse signed to major label Epic Records; The Moon & Antarctica, the band's major-label debut, was released in June 2000 to widespread acclaim from critics. The album was a harbinger of increased mainstream exposure to come; it was the band's first to chart in the United States, peaking at No. 120 on the Billboard 200. Following the success of The Moon & Antarctica, Sad Sappy Sucker was finally released in April 2001, several years after it had initially been shelved.

Mainstream recognition of Modest Mouse accelerated in 2004, with the release of Good News for People Who Love Bad News in April. The album charted at No. 18 in the United States and was their first to chart outside of their home country, peaking at No. 37 in Scotland and No. 40 in the United Kingdom. Lead single "Float On" was the band's first hit, peaking at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 1 on the same publication's Alternative Songs chart. Follow-up single "Ocean Breathes Salty" was a modest success, reaching No. 6 on Alternative Songs; both singles have since been certified Gold by the RIAA. March 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank was the only Modest Mouse album to feature former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band. The album peaked at No. 1 in the United States and Canada, and also charted in several other countries. Lead single "Dashboard" currently stands as the band's highest-charting song to date on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 61; it also peaked at No. 5 on Alternative Songs.

In 2014, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West were re-released by frontman Isaac Brock's record label, Glacial Pace. The following March, Strangers to Ourselves was released as Modest Mouse's first studio album in eight years. "Lampshades on Fire," which had been released as the album's lead single in December 2014, was a No. 1 hit on Alternative Songs, with the album itself peaking at No. 3 in the United States and appearing on several other album charts elsewhere.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
IRL
[4]
NO
[5]
NZ
[6]
SCO
[7]
UK
[8]
1996 This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
1997 The Lonesome Crowded West
  • Released: November 18, 1997
  • Label: Up Records (UP044)
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
2000 The Moon & Antarctica
  • Released: June 13, 2000
  • Label: Epic Records (EK 63871)
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
120
2004 Good News for People Who Love Bad News
  • Released: April 6, 2004
  • Label: Epic Records (EK 87125)
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
18 37 40
2007 We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • Released: March 20, 2007
  • Label: Epic Records (82876 86139 2)
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
1 12 1 22 22 26 35 47
2015 Strangers to Ourselves
  • Released: March 17, 2015
  • Label: Epic Records (88875049122)
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
3 15 3 26 39 31 28
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Cassettes[edit]

Year Title Label (Catalog)
Unknown Tube-Fruit, All Smiles and Chocolate[13]
Uncle Bunny Faces' Useless Analogy Involving Distance, Freight Trains, and Half Ripe Limes (It Doesn't Matter, Limes Are Sour Either Way)[13]
Sad Sappy Sucker Chokin' on a Mouthful of Lost Thoughts[13]
A Mouthful of Lost Thoughts[13]

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Ind.
[14]
2000 Building Nothing Out of Something
  • Released: January 18, 2000
  • Label: Up Records (UP073)
  • Format: CD, LP
2001 Sad Sappy Sucker
  • Released: April 24, 2001
  • Label: K Records (KLP131)
  • Format: CD, LP
21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2004 Baron von Bullshit Rides Again
  • Released: April 13, 2004
  • Label: Epic Records (EL 92089)
  • Format: CD

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[1]
1994 Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: K Records (IPU58)
  • Format: 7" LP
1996 Interstate 8
  • Released: August 6, 1996
  • Label: Up Records (UP035)
  • Format: CD
1997 The Fruit That Ate Itself
  • Released: May 13, 1997
  • Label: K Records (KLP 63)
  • Format: CD
1999 Night on the Sun
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Rebel Beat Factory (RBFM-1240), Up Records (UP090)
2001 Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Epic Records (EK 62104)
  • Format: CD, LP
147
2009 No One's First, and You're Next
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records (88697 46289)
  • Format: CD, LP
15
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Reissues[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[1]
2004 The Moon & Antarctica
  • Released: March 9, 2004
  • Label: Epic Records (EK 92034)
  • Format: CD
2005 Good News for People Who Love Bad News
  • Released: October 11, 2005
  • Label: Epic Records (EN 97711)
  • Format: DualDisc
2010 The Moon & Antarctica[15]
  • Released: April 17, 2010
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
  • Format: LP
The Fruit That Ate Itself[16]
Sad Sappy Sucker[16]
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, LP
2014 This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About[17]
  • Released: October 28, 2014
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
The Lonesome Crowded West[17]
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
2015 Interstate 8
  • Released: 2015[18][19][20]
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, LP
Building Nothing Out of Something[18][19][20]
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, LP
2016 Night on the Sun[21]
  • Released: July 29, 2016
  • Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Format: CD, LP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Mediums Label (Catalog) Ref.
1996 "Broke" 7" Sub Pop (SP0338) [22][23]
1997 "A Life of Arctic Sounds" 7" Suicide Squeeze (SSR001003) [22][24]
1997 "Birds vs. Worms" 7" Hit Or Miss [13][24]
1998 "Other People's Lives" 7" Up Records [25]
1998 "Never Ending Math Equation" 7" Sub Pop (SP0436) [22][24]
1998 "Whenever You See Fit"
(collaboration with 764-HERO)
12", CD Up Records/Suicide Squeeze [26]
1999 "Heart Cooks Brain" 7" Matador Records [27][24]
2004 "Float On" 7", CD Epic (076685) [24][28]
2005 "Ocean Breathes Salty" CD Epic [29]
2007 "Dashboard" 7", CD Epic [30][31]
2007 "Missed the Boat" Digital Epic [32]
2009 "Satellite Skin" 7" Epic [33]
2009 "Autumn Beds" 7" Epic [34]
2009 "Perpetual Motion Machine" 7" Epic [35]
2014 "White Lies, Yellow Teeth" 7" Glacial Pace [17]
2014 "Too Many Fiestas for Rueben" 7" Glacial Pace [17]
2014 "Lampshades on Fire" 7" Glacial Pace [36][37]
2015 "The Best Room" Digital Glacial Pace [38]
2015 "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" Digital Glacial Pace [39]
2015 "Of Course We Know" Digital Glacial Pace [40]

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Mediums Label (Catalog) Ref.
1998 "Polar Opposites" CD Up (UPRO001) [41]
2005 "The World at Large" CD Epic (ESK 51206)
2007 "King Rat" 7" Epic (08166-7) [42]

Charted singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[43]
US
Alt.

[44]
US
Rock

[45]
CAN
Rock

[46]
MEX
Air.

[47]
SCO
[48]
UK
[49]
2004 "Float On" 68 1 [A] 48 46 Good News for People Who Love Bad News
2005 "Ocean Breathes Salty" 6 96
"The World at Large"
2007 "Dashboard" 61 5 36 111 We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
"Missed the Boat" 24
"We've Got Everything"
2014 "White Lies, Yellow Teeth" [B] Non-album singles
"Too Many Fiestas for Reuben" [C]
"Lampshades on Fire" [D] 1 12 3 42 Strangers to Ourselves
2015 "Coyotes" 48
"The Best Room" 44
"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" 19 [E] 40
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2004 "Float On" Christopher Mills[53]
"Ocean Breathes Salty" Chris Milk[54]
2007 "Dashboard" Mathew Cullen[55]
Grady Hall[55]
"Missed the Boat" Walter Robot[56]
"We've Got Everything" Joe Stakun[57]
"Little Motel" Justin Francis[58]
2009 "King Rat" Heath Ledger[59]
Daniel Auber[59]
"Satellite Skin" Kevin Willis[60]
"The Whale Song" Nando Costa[61]
2015 "Coyotes" Unknown
"Lampshades on Fire" Jorge Torres–Torres[62][63]
"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Float On" did not enter the Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 24 on the Rock Digital Songs chart.[50]
  2. ^ "White Lies, Yellow Teeth" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[51]
  3. ^ "Too Many Fiestas for Reuben" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 12 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[51]
  4. ^ "Lampshades on Fire" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[51]
  5. ^ "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" did not enter the Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 31 on the Rock Airplay chart.[52]

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