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Sad Sappy Sucker

Modest Mouse Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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12. Race Car Grin You Ain't No Landmark
13. Red Hand Case
14. Secret Agent X-9
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16. Call To Dial A Song
17. 5-4-3-2-1 Lips Off
18. Woodgrain
19. BMX Crash
20. Sucker Betru
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After stepping up to the major-label plate with The Moon and Antarctica, Modest Mouse reach back to their roots with Sad Sappy Sucker. Sucker is actually the band's first recording, released in 2001 but created back in 1994. It was shelved in favor of Lonesome Crowded West as their debut, but Sucker is still a fine piece of the Modest Mouse lineage.

Although parts of Sucker are experimental compared to the band's current polish, this isn't some rarity to be enjoyed only by collectors. Breezy melodies build into jagged choruses as singer Isaac Brock shows he can be both tender and playfully aggressive. Most of the songs clock in between two and three minutes, leaving room for numerous gems in the course of the 24-track album. While 12 of the songs come from a recording session with K Records' Calvin Johnson, a chunk of Sucker material comes from Brock's "Dial-a-Song" phase, during which callers heard new songs by dialing into his answering machine. These experiments range from lo-fi combos of distorted instruments and whiny vocals to complete songs, like the bluesy rock jam on "Secret Agent X-9." The Dial-a-Songs--and a message left by Murder City Devils front man Spencer Moody ("Call to Dial-a-Song")--are both comic relief and proof that Modest Mouse didn't gain their indie-rock cult status by accident. The talent's been there from the beginning. --Jennifer Maerz

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4.0 out of 5 stars Primordial Feb. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Sad Sappy Sucker" is not Modest Mouse's best work ("Lonesome Crowded West" is), but neither is it trash. In fact, it serves as a fantastic left book-end to the group's career thus far. Granted, the production even on the best tunes is awful, the answering-machine ditties are largely annoying, but still, this record gives the listener a chance to hear one of rock's greatest bands in its infancy, and the experience is a most rewarding one. Themes both musical and lyrical that Modest Mouse will later give definitive treatment to are first explored on "Sad Sappy Sucker", and this is reason enough to buy and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fi lays low Jan. 14 2003
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A tremendous Modest Mouse fan was I, forever, until the legacy was ended by the putrid Moon and Antarctica. I've seen them many times and own a large amount of their material, and the era of The Mouse represented by "Sad Sappy Sucker" is still my favorite. In my opinion there is no Modest Mouse better than early Modest Mouse. The "bad" recordings, relatively structureless songs, and irreverence is what made them who they are (were?). "Long Drive" and everything before it, I would say is unparalleled when put against any other Modest Mouse material. That album and this one easily take the cake as my favorites. "Building Nothing" is nice, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Representing Cleveland Ohio Dec 24 2002
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Format:Audio CD
It is sad to see this album get such bad reviews. I can only say one thing, if your a true modest mouse fan then you will like sad sappy like any other mouse albums. Yes it is a little raw but hey what do you expect, it is a lot of their early stuff that ya, probably was recorded in a basement or a shed. The second half of the album are songs recorded in the early days, on their answer machine for people to call in and listen to. You must remember who modest mouse really is. Not a mtv pop band but teachings from the divine right. If you are wary of this album which I was at first, listen to it again, and if you still don't like it as much as the others listen to it again, and then once more all the way through. After that if you still don't like it their is no hope for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'd pass on this one... July 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
Modest Mouse is a great band, but I'm not too awfully fond of this album. (just my opinion! some *may* like this record!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leftovers June 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
The band kicks ...- don't get me wrong. This album sounds like clips and scratch-notes from the basement though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars contrary to popular belief April 9 2002
By chase
Format:Audio CD
i can say nothing but good things about the Washington band modest mouse. this album is hard to get into, as are almost all of modest mouse's albums, but with patience, you won't regret buying it. it has a special feeling when you hear it, a humble silliness and an altogether bright outlook. as confusing and distorted as it may be, i always love to introduce people to the early days of modest mouse because it's so original. i reccommend lonesome crowded west or the moon and antartica as first buys. . .
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2.0 out of 5 stars I am Obviously Lost Nov. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
Where to begin....well for starters this cd is REALLY bad. I love Modest Mouse (Lonesome Crowded West still being the most played cd of my collection), but this is bad. Listening to Worms Vs. Birds I thought 'This is pretty good' then I heard the rest of the cd.
I for one, do not see a brilliance here. There is one song that he just repeates Ping Pong! Ok possibly funny for 5-10 seconds but its almost a minute long. Issac's voice always is on a thin line of beautiful and intolerable (I know sounds weird but really its the truth). The biggest problem is the overall lack of song stucture, not to say that it has to follow the same formula, but seriously! Nothing holds the songs together, and the emotion for me just isn't there like it was in songs like trailer trash, or anything like LCW.
Anyway, Sad Sappy Sucker, not even compared to LCW, is unlistenable at best. There are amazing Modest Mouse material, this however, isn't one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sad sappy sucker Aug. 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
Much is said already but here's my 2 cents; in general I like debut-albums very much, you'll find many musical ideas and much energy bundled in just one record. Very exciting! OK, those records are mostly not consumer friendly, but MM is not such a band in the first place, imo. -This album is filled with enchanting, spontaneous musical exploration, crazy and wonderful magical sounds. -Very direct emotion, & listening to it you hear why they are such a special group today. To my Dutch ears, it's not an incoherent album at all, just go by your intuition & must say, it's quite a genius record. I have all their albums, this one explains it all.
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