Modest Mouse is scheduled to do a show at Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage on June 18th. So that triggered this memory from a Roderick on the Line episode, with this exchange between John Roderick and Merlin Mann.
John: Option A, look at the first sentence under option A. “Detachable penis.”
Merlin: Oh my god, that’s that King Missile song! Remember that? “Detachable penis.” Second most disappointing show I ever went to.
John: Oh that’s sad.
Merlin: Modest Mouse was the worst.
John: I know the guy from….
Merlin: Yeah his name’s John Dongface or something. What’s his name? Dr. Phil?
John: He lives in San Francisco.
Merlin: No, he seems nice. But he’s not very—
John: Wait, so you’re saying that Modest Mouse is the most disappointing rock show you’ve ever been to?
John: Oh, I don’t want to get derailed from the shemale Realdoll, but what happened at the Modest Mouse concert?
Merlin: I hope they were high. I hope they were either high, or they were mad about crap services, because I have never been to a more phoned in fucking show in my whole life. This is 1997–8. It’s around the time of Real Signs of the Real West, Highway West, what the fuck’s that album they had?
John: They were huffing modeling glue at that point. They were young guys from that point.
Merlin: You know what, I can enjoy a lot of things, John. I like a lot of different kinds of music, you know? I don’t like a Low show, because I don’t like being shushed and being told to sit Indian style, I will not go to a Low show. I’ve been shushed at two different Low shows.
I’m sure Modest Mouse is no longer sniffing glue, or huffing paint, or whatever. I doubt the band would still be around 15 years later if they had kept up with that.
But I worship Merlin Mann. If Merlin were to run for President on a kill cute puppies platform, I would probably still vote for him. So when he says Modest Mouse’s show was the worst ever, I am going take him for his word, and not see this show.
Odd note from Merlin on Low. He was shushed at one Low concert, but that wasn’t enough, so he went back and was shushed at a second Low concert. I guess give him credit for giving them a second chance before writing them off.
Here is a music video from Modest Mouse. It has a fishing theme, so perfect for Alaska.