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Modest Mouse — Dashboard
Album: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Avg rating:
6.4

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Total ratings: 880









Released: 2007
Length: 4:04
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Well, it would've been, could've been worse than you would ever know
Oh, the dashboard melted but we still had the radio
Oh, it should've been, could've been worse than you would ever know
Well, you told me about nowhere, well, it sounds like someplace I'd like to go

Oh it could've been, should've been worse than you would ever know
Well, the windshield was broken but I love the fresh air ya know
(The dashboard melted but we still had the radio)
Well, it would've been, could've been worse than you would ever know, oh
(The dashboard melted but we still had the radio)
Oh, we talked about nothing which was more than I wanted you to know-oh-oh-oh-oh

Now here we go

Oh, it would've been, could've been worse than it had even gone
Well, the car was on blocks, but I was already where I want
(It was impossible, we ran it good, we ran it good)
Why should we ever even ever really even get to know
(It was impossible, we ran it good, we ran it good)
Oh, if the world don't like us, it'll shake us just like we were a co-oh oh-oh-old

Now here we go

Well, we schemed and we schemed, but we always blow it
We've yet to crash, but we still might as well tow it
Standing at a light switch to each east and west horizon
Every dawn when you're surprising and the evening was consoling

Saying, "See it wasn't quite as bad as"

Well, it would've been, could've been worse than you would ever know
I was patiently erasing and recording the wrong episodes
After you had proved my point wrong, it wasn't like I'd let it go, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
I just wanted to catch the last laugh of this show

Well, it would've been, could've been worse than you would ever know
Oh, the dashboard melted, but we still had the radio
(The dashboard melted, but we ran it good, we ran it good)
Hard-wired to conceive so much we'd have to stow it
Even needs have needs tiny giants made of tinier giants

Don't wear eyelids so I don't miss the last laugh of this show
(The dashboard melted but we still had the radio)
Well we could've been should've been worse than you would ever know-oh
(The dashboard melted but we still have the radio)
Well you told me about nowhere well it sounds like someplace I'd like to go-oh oh-oh-oh

Now here we go

Well, we schemed and we schemed, but we always blow it
We've yet to crash, but we still might as well tow it
Standing at a light switch to each east and west horizon
Every dawn when you're surprising, and the evening was consoling

Saying, "See it wasn't quite as bad as", hey

It would've been, could've been worse than you would ever know
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Nice to hear this one on the station again!
 doctormurky wrote:
one of the few bright spots for this band...
 
Agreed. This song is catchy and fun.

 macbags wrote:
 I WANT MY MONEY BACK
 
Ok, macDouchebags...  the last several songs have had the same comment.  Either contribute something useful or be silent.  Just rate the song and leave it at that or change to a different station. 

I don't like this song either, but I don't go around posting crap on the boards about it unless I have something to really contribute.  I'm not going to say that all of my posts on every song is filled with the wisdom of the ages or has enough depth to drown a legless wiener dog, but at least I don't air my knuckle-dragging and completely inarticulate attitude for everyone else to see.

 I WANT MY MONEY BACK
The Mighty Modest Mouse



 Photo-John wrote:

Both catchy and super annoying at the same time. Please make it go away.


 
Exactly.

I like this song and I kinda hate it at the same time. The parts I like and the parts I don't like are all mixed up. I hope it doesn't cause permanent damage.
 jagdriver wrote:
Reminds me too much of David Byrne.  {#Puke}
 
The first few notes showed such promise but it sank quickly.  Disappointment.

Both catchy and super annoying at the same time. Please make it go away.


 MrCaps wrote:

Your point is an excellent one and I agree with you strongly.

In fact, the mindless criticisms and non-acceptance of other people's thoughts are the main reasons I do not contribute to these forums very often any more. Certain serial members here dominate these boards with their personality and will only have their own opinions listened too. Frankly, I'm sick of this sort of on-line bullying and just won't play any more.
 

Please don't let the few destroy your communications....then they WIN....please speak more.
one of the few bright spots for this band...
Sounds like Oingo Boingo! Not that that's a bad thing.
 boubabe wrote:
This got my toes tapping this morning resulting in me dancing around my kitchen in my pjs.  Fun!
 
I was dancing in my cubicle {#Bounce}

When I first heard them I did not care for them much, but after hearing The Lonesome Crowded West through a couple times I was hooked.  Good road trip music.  The Moon and Antarctica is a very fine album too.  Give them a few spins and you might change your mind like I did.  This album's sound is much poppyer and not as dark as their earlier work.

 
PeorgieTirebiter wrote:

Not even Johnny Marr could help this one trick pony.
 


so alike to TH!
Reminds me too much of David Byrne.  {#Puke}
 dmax wrote:


See, this is something that I keep seeing on the boards

"I hate this song."
"You're stupid."

How about defending the song instead of personally attacking the critic? This happens in a lot of venues, and it's become some sort of accepted way of behaving, but I strongly disagree that it's appropriate. Can we stick to talking about the music?
 
Your point is an excellent one and I agree with you strongly.

In fact, the mindless criticisms and non-acceptance of other people's thoughts are the main reasons I do not contribute to these forums very often any more. Certain serial members here dominate these boards with their personality and will only have their own opinions listened too. Frankly, I'm sick of this sort of on-line bullying and just won't play any more.


This got my toes tapping this morning resulting in me dancing around my kitchen in my pjs.  Fun!
I don't care who knows it. Me likee. {#Yes}
 dmax wrote:


See, this is something that I keep seeing on the boards

"I hate this song."
"You're stupid."

How about defending the song instead of personally attacking the critic? This happens in a lot of venues, and it's become some sort of accepted way of behaving, but I strongly disagree that it's appropriate. Can we stick to talking about the music?
 
Civility and class are the world's most unused free resources.
 bindi wrote:

I love that manic sound of Modest Mouse - unlike any band I have heard before.  I'd love to hear more!
 
I like it too, though I'm not sure why.  The instrumentation is cool too.

Not a fan.
 FrankMc wrote:
Find something to do other than listen to music because you sure don't get it.

 peyotecoyote wrote:


somebody get us a bucket....{#Puke}
 
 

See, this is something that I keep seeing on the boards

"I hate this song."
"You're stupid."

How about defending the song instead of personally attacking the critic? This happens in a lot of venues, and it's become some sort of accepted way of behaving, but I strongly disagree that it's appropriate. Can we stick to talking about the music?
 More_Cowbell wrote:

What? Johnny Marr made these guys good!
 
Not even Johnny Marr could help this one trick pony.
Hot damn!  Great sequence Bill!!
 vit wrote:


I can't speak much for mice, but you wouldn't believe the package that comes on some rats and squirrels I've seen. Hm actually that gives a whole new (painful) meaning to Squirrel Nut Zippers' name.

 
Lord and a quarter, I laughed so hard I nearly puked! Don't surprise me like that! (O.K., go ahead!) {#Roflol}

I love that manic sound of Modest Mouse - unlike any band I have heard before.  I'd love to hear more!
stewliscious wrote:
Of course they are modest. You never hear of anyone bragging that they are hung like a mouse.


I can't speak much for mice, but you wouldn't believe the package that comes on some rats and squirrels I've seen. Hm actually that gives a whole new (painful) meaning to Squirrel Nut Zippers' name.

Not a huge Modest Mouse fan but this one's kinda growing on me. Hmmmmm.
Find something to do other than listen to music because you sure don't get it.

 peyotecoyote wrote:


somebody get us a bucket....{#Puke}
 


 Excelsior wrote:
{#Puke}
 

somebody get us a bucket....{#Puke}
{#Puke}
woozurbuddy wrote:
Saw MM at Red Rocks last Tuesday (warming up for REM) and they were excellent? Went right out and downloaded this album from iTunes....

I saw them open for R.E.M. in Toronto last June.  I wasn't at all impressed.  Maybe it's because they followed The National who were fuckin' awesome..."I'm Mr. November, I won't fuck this over"

Of course they are modest.  You never hear of anyone bragging that they are hung like a mouse.
not clear about the origin of the song
but I like it somehow 
Dylan76 wrote:
One of the weaker tracks on the album. Lets pick another one!
One of the weaker bands in the world. Let's hear a different one!
woozurbuddy wrote:
Saw MM at Red Rocks last Tuesday (warming up for REM) and they were excellent? Went right out and downloaded this album from iTunes....
If you like them you must own, "Good news for people who love bad news" as well. Also "The Moon and Antarctica" is pretty good too. Enjoy.
two2fly wrote:
The weather outside may be :umbrella: But in my radio, its just :sunny:
OK, what are the chances that my post - from Madison, CT is right after your post - from Madison, WI ??
diazo wrote:
This sounds like a lost track from XTC's Drums and Wires album. I mean that in the best possible way. Great fun.
XTC - Skylarking... one of my all-time favorite albums!
The weather outside may be :umbrella: But in my radio, its just :sunny:
One of the weaker tracks on the album. Lets pick another one!
CalOF wrote:
Identical reaction from my spouse.
my gold fish too :roflol: TGIF!
enidualc wrote:
talking heads?!
Identical reaction from my spouse.
natebett wrote:
This band use to be great, but this shit just sucks. Mindless pop drivel.
Have you heard this album? They just keep getting better. Don't get me wrong, but I use to listen to MM since Building Nothing out of Something. Fly in a jar, spitting venom, and so many others are great on this album. Dashboard is just overplayed.
I don't find this as annoying anymore since I don't hear it on the radio every day. Actually, I don't find myself listening to radio too much these days. :sunny:
This band use to be great, but this shit just sucks. Mindless pop drivel.
monemose wrote:
a little bit annoying, boring song... yeah, it's boring!
This is worse than boring!
a little bit annoying, boring song... yeah, it's boring!
whtahtefcuk wrote:
Compared to all other Mouse albums this one sucks... I guess with the new guitarist they got some sort of ultra clean sounding producer. Give me the old raw Mouse any day.
What? Johnny Marr made these guys good!
talking heads?!
This sounds like a lost track from XTC's Drums and Wires album. I mean that in the best possible way. Great fun.
Compared to all other Mouse albums this one sucks... I guess with the new guitarist they got some sort of ultra clean sounding producer. Give me the old raw Mouse any day.
I gotta chime in considering some other comments: I think this is hot & rocking. MHO: Modest Mouse best rock band of the last few years.
horstman wrote:
Ah, This is America Dude. When Germany takes over the world, you can speak German to everyone. You guys had your chance. Now its our turn. HaHa!!
Actually I can speak German to everybody, horsti, but not everybody understands it. And obviously I know how to communicate in different languages. We use to learn this in school... :cheesygrin: Schönen Tag noch. P.S.: (click here)
I think it rocks!
I love Modest Mouse.. but this song was really Ho Hum.
horstman wrote:
Ah, This is America Dude. When Germany takes over the world, you can speak German to everyone. You guys had your chance. Now its our turn. HaHa!!
Using your criteria, then, you'd better start learning Chinese... As for this song, it's harmless musical tripe.
MM sucks, smells like a wet rat!
prickelpit96 wrote:
Na, dann muss ja nur noch die Farbenblindheit bekÀmpft werden. :cheesygrin:
Ah, This is America Dude. When Germany takes over the world, you can speak German to everyone. You guys had your chance. Now its our turn. HaHa!!
MUTE! MUTE! MUTE!
ellenaut wrote:
uh oh... I'm starting to like Modest Mouse
Yea, me too. Go figure.
It reminds me of the Cure. I like it;go figure.
stillwater wrote:
Sounds like happy Smiths. Like it.
IIRC it's Johnny Marr on guitar so that's probably no coincidence.
Bleurgh!
uh oh... I'm starting to like Modest Mouse
iTuner wrote:
They remind me of a modern Talking Heads, especially how the song ends.
Never thought of that, but I like them both a lot. This album is very good I think. Sounds like..?..modest mouse? Pretty diverse set of tunes on this. Not for every taste. I loved this the first time I heard it and I still turn it up. I guess it's a ten for me (9 up to 10) :-)
Alafia wrote:
An epically, toweringly, annoying song...
So glad you agree, ha ha! I was just thinking it was time for me to logout, and now I know for sure!
I've heard this a lot on the radio, too, but I still like it. This is one of those songs that I just don't understand how people can hate it.
Sorry these guys make me insanely bouncy nothing wrong with a lil crazy fun :yell: :bananajumprope: :roflol: :bananasplit: :nyah: :dancingbanana: :dance:
Hannio wrote:
I'm speechless. You're telling me that the rest is worse than this?
:lol:
An epically, toweringly, annoying song...
With the volume WAY Down I thought "nice groove" then I turned it up and immediately recognised my mistake.
I am digging the HORNS
If there's one word to describe the music of these people, here it is: STRESSFUL . And their NAME: MODEST MOUSE. Give me a break. :lol:
Stupid name...stupid song
farbenblinde wrote:
This song is played endlessly on a local station "The River". I did a 2 hour guest host gig a couple of weeks ago and almost played this song. I was asked to play primarily "music familiar to River listeners", but I was able to put together a playlist w/ Pink Floyd, Phish, Kite, Stones, etc. despite this dictum. Sooooo glad I took this off my playlist. Now that I hear it again, dislike it even more.
Na, dann muss ja nur noch die Farbenblindheit bekÀmpft werden. :cheesygrin:
robco1 wrote:
Looking forward to seeing them Sunday... :dancingbanana: :boohoo: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajam:
Looking forward to never seeing them.
Yuck! ONE
fun fun fun!
This song makes me want to move my dancing feet!! :dancingbanana:
xkolibuul wrote:
If only the rest of Modest Mouse could be this good.
I'm speechless. You're telling me that the rest is worse than this?
The Mouse seems to favor those sudden endings.
Jacksonstat wrote:
Saw them in concert last night, they kicked arse! So much fun :)
Lucky!!!!
A good solid 1.
Saw them in concert last night, they kicked arse! So much fun :)
This song is played endlessly on a local station \"The River\". I did a 2 hour guest host gig a couple of weeks ago and almost played this song. I was asked to play primarily \"music familiar to River listeners\", but I was able to put together a playlist w/ Pink Floyd, Phish, Kite, Stones, etc. despite this dictum. Sooooo glad I took this off my playlist. Now that I hear it again, dislike it even more.
kinda sucks
For me anyway, they are becoming less interesting and less relevant as they become more commercially viable. Somehow being randomly grating doesn't necessarily equate to being edgy. I did enjoy seeing them live though.
Looking forward to seeing them Sunday... :dancingbanana: :boohoo: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajam:
If only the rest of Modest Mouse could be this good.
justin4kick wrote:
Definitely inspired by Talking Heads. But that's better than being uninspired.
Excellent comment! A lot of stuff we hear "sounds like..." -- which doesn't mean it don't sound good. You've said what I'd been trying express to myself.
Definitely inspired by Talking Heads. But that's better than being uninspired.
Ick...make it stop.... :wall:
Every time I hear this, I'm reminded of just how bad Oingo Boingo sucked. I'd rather hear Modest Yahoo than this swill. What caused Johnny Marr to fall from the rezor-edged guitar work that made the Smiths worth listening to, down to this? Was it drugs?
They remind me of a modern Talking Heads, especially how the song ends. I'd never heard this before. I wish we had an FM station in my area that would even think of playing it. We have Classic Rock, Soft Rock, really bad Pop, Rap, Country, insufferable Jazz on one college channel and NPR talk radio on the other. Except for Car Talk and All Things Considered, I don't even turn the thing on.
Loved this song the first 40,000 times I heard it... actually still like it anyway...
Is this RPs theme song...
Tagish_girl wrote:
Spontaneous chair dancing, waving my arms in the air... oops, just got caught. Resume serious, proffessional air.
Have your hammock on Ko Li Pe.^^
Spontaneous chair dancing, waving my arms in the air... oops, just got caught. Resume serious, proffessional air.
SmackDaddy wrote:
completely and utterly sick of this. gets played to death on FM. I thought RP was supposed to be an alternative to the dreck on FM.
Not all of us even listen to FM anymore...
SmackDaddy wrote:
completely and utterly sick of this. gets played to death on FM. I thought RP was supposed to be an alternative to the dreck on FM.
maybe you need to start your own. where were you when there was silence.
First time I've heard this. The uppity drums are fun, but can be heard in any Franz Ferdinand et al song. The vocals are annoying. Thumbs-down.
i dig it! :)
Sounds like happy Smiths. Like it.
completely and utterly sick of this. gets played to death on FM. I thought RP was supposed to be an alternative to the dreck on FM.
this is one of my fav. work out song ! just gets me sooo much pumped up to run the extra mile !! :) :dancingbanana_2:
Alifreckles50 wrote:
just bumped this up to an 8. cause it's making me happy
up to 9 for me just because I dig it.
just bumped this up to an 8. cause it's making me happy
Hannio wrote:
That's about all you can say for these guys.
Sheesh: "if you haven't got anything nice to say, just shut the **** up", as my Granny used to say. 8. Bill: I BOUGHT IT: tell your Congressman.
Hannio wrote:
That's about all you can say for these guys.
I've heard that too for sure - never been a HUGE fan but this song (and the video) really appeal to me. Been trying to get tickets to their London gig next month, but they're all sold out :cry:
keller1 wrote: Late flash: just saw them do this on Letterman. They're competent musicians.
That's about all you can say for these guys.
I had to move it up to a 9 as a result of sheer RP repetition. It usually works the other way. It would be nice to hear more of the other songs from this though....
Just saw these guys in Greensboro on May 4, 2007. Great show, and yes the audience was quite young, but its nice to get a new flavor of rock and roll. They even broke out the cello and banjo for one song. Check out Mouse, but try to see them in a bar or club. The gymnasium was leaving much to be desired.
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank .. Oh, it should've been, could've been worse than you would ever know. Well, you told me about nowhere well it sounds like someplace I'd like to go. .. the video for this is surreal. Starts off in a bar, with old salts telling tall tales. Reminds me of the Gary Larson cartoon where a similar story is being told. "Oh yeah?! Well, let me tell you about the night I lost *this* !" He's pointing to a peg-head.
bokey wrote:
OK-I'll just assume your comment on 5-3-07 at 19:19 was an aberration then. You used what you your ownself have called epithets in response to my harmless "This is good to hear." comment.If I slightly misinterpreted the vauge meaning of your comment please forgive me. There is a really good forum section where almost any topic you want can be debated at any level.(Some new levels possibly unique to RP even)
Nicely done. And if I took an unwarranted shot at you, you have my apologies.
keller1 wrote:
I think your own words describe you pretty well. Thanks for the help. Say hello to Dick and please don't run with any sharp objects,OK? BYE!!:wave: Doesn't anybody do debating team in school any more? The point is that opinions can and should be expressed without taking personal shots at those with views opposed to your own. I only respond that way when somebody initiates. And in case the irony is lost on you, Dick Cheney and Ann Coulter are pretty good epithets these days.
Naw,and some of them don't do Basic Computing 101 either where complex skills including cutting & pasting can be learned by some of the higher primates. Because ya know,if you didn't learn it in school, it can't be valid. People who have thoughts they didn't learn in school are stupid. Gotta love a Conservatives dream who is so confused he thinks he's a liberal. Of course this isn't debate school,or the anti-Conseravtive forum. It's called song comments.
bokey wrote:
I think your own words describe you pretty well.Thanks for the help.Say hello to Dick and please don't run with any sharp objects,OK? BYE!!:wave: Doesn't anybody do debating team in school any more? The point is that opinions can and should be expressed without taking personal shots at those with views opposed to your own. I only respond that way when somebody initiates. And in case the irony is lost on you, Dick Cheney and Ann Coulter are pretty good epithets these days.
keller1 wrote:
Wow . . . skill in taking things out of context . . . I suggest a job researching for Ann Coulter.
So I can learn how to be an ignorant POS like her?Or someone who weakly tries to insult a country and a labor class in his avatar? I'll just ignore both of you. Scrape it of your shoe,discard and move on. Sorry,it's just something I've learned how to do. Thanks for the tip about the Letterman appearance though. BYE!! Anyway there is a clip on youtube. They use 2 drummers,which kind of answers my earlier question about the drums. They are in definite need of rehearsal time,this song doesn't look easy to play live with that many hands in the mix. The singer loses it at one point and gets out of pitch. To his credit,at another point he sings into a second mike,this one a Shure Bullet,which is usually used for harmonica. The fact that he is using it instead of doing an effect somewhere shows me he knows a bit about live music,but he's been in the studio for long time.
bokey wrote:
This is good to hear.
Wow ... skill in taking things out of context ... I suggest a job researching for Ann Coulter.
keller1 wrote:
Late flash: just saw them do this on Letterman. They're competent musicians.
This is good to hear.