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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Glacial Pace
  • ASIN: B0048IH6B6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Sad Sappy Sucker' is Modest Mouse's 'lost album'. It was recorded by K Records' Calvin Johnson in 1994 and was supposed to be the band's debut but delays shelved the record and it disappeared.

All 12 songs recorded during the Dub Narcotic Studio sessions are on the album, including the impossible to find 'Worms Vs. Birds' 7".

As a bonus treat, there are nine songs from Modest Mouse lead singer, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter Isaac Brock's 'Dial-a-Song' project. These were on his answering machine every day and could only be heard by calling in.

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Format: Audio CD
YES! I wept tears of Joy when amazon informed me that I could wrap my solo card around yet another modest mouse album... Well, this album is very reminiscent of 'this is a long drive..' which is no bad thing. Right from track one, the trademark guitar sounds start to smash your face in while Issac Brock's unique voice holds you down.
Being the first album, the songs are a little more lo-fi than what we are used to. Changes in volume, un-affected vocals, which are sometimes a strain to hear over the mass of guitar-noise, all add to this albums charm. As an extra treat, MM pump up the hiss for the last few tracks and we are treated to a few home recordings which all add to the variation.
I love this album, but the again I love Modest Mouse. In summary: it's a varied and raw-sounding album, which above all else ROCKS, and there isn't so much of that mushy c**p we usually have to put up with.
I still await a MM album that can better the mighty 'lonesome crowded west', so as a first time-buyer I would recommend that. However, this makes a fine addition to anyone's Modest Mouse collection.
Thanks,
Caroline
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Perhaps the only album of theirs that occasionally provokes intense dislike, if not hatred; Sad Sappy Suckers contains very early recordings from Modest Mouse which are sparse on studio polish but is worthwhile for long time fans of the band.

It was originally intended to be their debut album, but eventually got shelved in favour of "This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About". This is reflected in the quality of the songs, most of which sound like they could use a slight re-write and some extra care.

Some parts of their later make-up emerged fully formed on here, however. Issac Brock's high-strung abrasive yelps, and stop-and-start melodies. One major difference with later works is that Brock's lyrics are no where near as insightful here as later ones, when they really come to the fore and make Modest Mouse the band they are now.

I certainly would never recommend this collection to any newcomers to the band, or even casual fans, however if you enjoy Modest Mouse early lo-fi albums, than the extra songs on this are worth getting your hands on.
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I'm sorry, but this is the very worst album Modest Mouse ever released. It shows the seeds that made Modest Mouse great on later albums, but it's still a shoddy album of short half-baked ideas. It's only merit is as a historical document of a great band finding it's voice. Only two tracks remain on my playlist: Dukes Up and Four Fingered Fisherman, but I wouldn't miss them much. Try "The Moon And Antarctica" or "Good News For People Who Love Bad News", two of the consistently better albums. Their latest "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" is a stinker too, a Marie Celeste of good tracks.

Modest Mouse really is a great band, just avoid this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable 26 April 2001
By Kevin Mulcahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One word I would NOT use to describe this release is "brilliant." It's scattered, underdeveloped, and sometimes grating. Having said that, if you are a big fan of Modest Mouse, this is an absolute must-have (unless, of course, you are a REALLY big fan, and you already have all these songs on all the damn 7-inches). Sad Sappy Sucker shows a side of Modest Mouse that they haven't shown fans on any of their other releases. I'd always heard comparisons to Pavement and Built to Spill, and here and there I could pick something out in their music that resembled these bands, but this release shows exactly how much Modest Mouse developed into their own sound from a very derivative beginning. First of all, Sad Sappy Sucker contains only two songs over 3 minutes long, and none that hit the 3:10 mark; hearing such short songs coming from MM is extremely odd, and probably one of the reasons this release is so interesting for me. The songs were recorded in 1994-95, and sound heavily influenced by Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted and Built to Spill's There's Nothing Wrong with Love. They have all the raw charm, energy, and weirdness of songs on those albums, stamped with just enough of Isaac Brock's own flavor (and he had plenty of it, even at this young age) to make them new. Unfortunately, the majority of the songs don't have the yearning and desperation of Pavement or the beauty and fragility of Built to Spill to make Sad Sappy Sucker a true classic; so only four stars. I will reiterate that this album is one that will probably only appeal to big fans, and is definitely NOT a starting-out point.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New "old" songs 7 May 2001
By gtigrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Read the 11 reviews before mine and you see people have mixed feelings about Sad Sappy Sucker by Modest Mouse. There are a few good songs on this release, but all in all, the songs are short, undeveloped blasts of randomness. I'm not saying you shouldn't add Sad Sappy Sucker to your collection, but new Modest Mouse listeners beware...you'd be better off going with This Is A Long Drive or any of the others. Long time fans should be happy to have the additional songs, although most have been available on 7"s and on the web for a while.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Release 4 May 2001
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Screaming for the hell of it, the offbeat crashing cymbals, and rusty sounding guitars. Hmmm... It sounds like some amateur indie rock band. Modest Mouse are certainly not some amateur indie rock band, but they sure as hell were back in 1994. Sad Sappy sucker is an album by a bunch of kids with ADD playing in some shack and wailing away on their instruments. Playing 30 second blurbs and saying "Wow, that was kind of neat, Let's put that on the album". This was an album that modest mouse did not want to release until now. Why did they decide to release it now instead of back in 94? I think they just wanted to put it out and see what happens to it. If a hundred people out of 40,000 like it, that means a hundred people like the album. Sad Sappy Sucker is by no means the band's best effort, but it is a fun collection of songs by a young band with a temendous amount of promise.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modest Mouse meets Garage Rock! 20 Dec. 2013
By Adrian L Casias - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A couple points. I'm a big Modest Mouse fan. I like their blend of catchy guitar rhythms, snappy lyrics, and alternative appeal. Sad Sappy Sucker is definitely not a starter album and doesn't contain any of these elements. If you're interested in getting a taste of Modest Mouse, this isn't a good choice for the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth album. No joke! This is a place you go when you've heard all of what Modest Mouse has to offer and want to hear their very RAW-UNDEVELOPED roots. This is where you look when you're looking for the next Modest Mouse album and it doesn't exist (because you own the rest) so you have to give something else a listen. This is a more raw form of even the raw albums of Metallica's Garage albums or the first Red Hot Chili Peppers CD releases. This album is unrefined, no catchy rhythms, not melodic, no hooks, no great instrumentals, but rather a rambling of undeveloped ideas and songs and I think a random phone call. Honestly, some of it is just non-sense and it's not something you're going to jam out to like most of the other albums. If you're not a huge fan, this one can be skipped, if you're a huge fan, it still can be skipped. I'm giving it 3 star because I do like hearing raw undeveloped songs of great artists and seeing or rather hearing the evolution of their talent and sound.

On the other hand, if you're looking for RAW Modest Mouse, but something a bit more refined than ramblings and with more of a garage funk appeal, try The Fruit That Ate Itself. It contains many of the sounds that would progress into their current musical style, but without the refinement. The Fruit That Ate Itself positions itself between Sad Sappy Sucker and This is a Long Drive for Someone for Nothing to Think About which in my opinion is Modest's Mouse first masterpiece and as good as many of their later albums.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic Lo-fi Sound Beyond The Surface:Perspective from a Experimental Guitarist 30 April 2006
By Matt Exp. Guitarist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No Music has perfection... and overproduced records are polished surfaces....This shows the early essence of Modest Mouse at its prime...and it shows the energy of that indie guitar sound of minor melodies and chaos through the early years....

When I saw the abstract cover in a independent record store...I was curious of what it would be like....As noisy and garage it may sound, the guitar clashing of complex melodious chords, and Issac Brock's vocals sound expressive like beat poetry, words that come straight out of nowhere, then put into lyrics. This album sounds so pure and to me remains a classic indie record...It sounds like fragments

of an analog tape collage of sound to form into that work of art.....that came from musicians that wanted to make music out of the equipment that they had....

It's a perfect example...it shows that whatever you record; even if it is lo-fi equipment: you could do amazing things with it if you have any crazy creative, imaginative ideas formed into sound....
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