Sad Sappy Sucker CD
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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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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.
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.
Modest Mouse really is a great band, just avoid this album.
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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.
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....