Michael from Lexington, KyThe 'tl;dr' version: if it weren't for all the bulls--t in life, we couldn't appreciate the beauty nearly as much.
Jess from Kannapolis, Nc"As life gets longer, awful feels softer. Well it feels pretty soft to me. And if it takes s--t to make bliss, Then I feel pretty blissfully. "
- This is oh so true. You get really used to bad sh*t happening and eventually, you just get used to it.
Conrad from Austin, TxI respectfully disagree with Robin's interpretation of "The View." I don't think Modest Mouse believes that everything turns out as it is supposed to be. After all, the album is called "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" not just a clever paradox, but also a spin on the concept of Christ's gospel as the "Good News." The lyric that I find most profound is "If life's not beautiful without any pain, well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again." In this line, Isaac Brock is conveying not only that it might be possible to have beauty without pain, but he'd prefer nothing to the dual reality we currently have. When he sings that he feels blissfully, he truly means that he's gone through pain. I think he ultimately comes out with the belief that all the progress, all the beauty, is meaningless.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.