Modest Mouse has been an active part of the indie rock scene for over twenty years. Known for such songs as “Dashboard” and “Float On,” the band has released numerous singles that have received far less recognition. Here are five of the most underrated songs in their discography.
Serving as the first single from the group’s EP, No One’s First and You’re Next, "Satellite Skin" was released on May 26. 2009. The song received mixed reviews from critics and failed to make an impact on the charts. The 7-inch orange vinyl, which also included "Guilty Cocker Spaniels," was limited to 4000 copies.
“Missed the Boat” (2007)
"Everyone’s unhappy/Everyone’s ashamed/Well we all just got caught looking/At somebody else’s page/Well nothing ever went/Quite exactly as we planned/Our ideas held no water/But we used them like a dam," Brooks sings on the second verse of "Missed the Boat." The song was released on March 20, 2007 as the second single from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. It peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Chart.
“Never Ending Math Equation” (1998)
“Never Ending Math Equation” was released as a single on May 5, 1998. The song later appeared as the first track on band’s 2000 compilation album, Building Nothing Out of Something, which featured a number of singles that had previously been released in the late '90s.
“Lampshades on Fire” (2015)
From the band’s sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, "Lampshades on Fire" was released on March 17, 2015. While the song served as the album's lead single, it was first performed live by the group in 2011. The accompanying music video for the song features "Orange is the New Black" actress Natasha Lyonne.
“The World at Large” (2004)
“The days get shorter and the nights get cold/I like autumn but this place is getting old/I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast/It might not bet a lot but I feel like I’m making the most,” Brooks sings on “The World at Large.” The song was released in 2004 as a promo single for the band’s fourth album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News. While the song received generally positive reviews from music critics, it is probably best remembered for its accompanying music video, which featured stop motion animation using stuffed animals.