Good News For People Who Love Bad News

Release date
13 May 2004
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Horn Intro 0:09 20,585
2 The World at Large 4:32 565,610
3 Float On 3:28 1,012,343
4 Ocean Breathes Salty 3:44 480,979
5 Dig Your Grave 0:12 34,669
6 Bury Me With It 3:49 403,922
7 Dance Hall 2:57 335,404
8 Bukowski 4:14 438,372
9 This Devil's Workday 2:19 284,722
10 The View 4:10 446,794
11 Satin in a Coffin 2:35 357,922
12 Interlude (Milo) 0:58 269,859
13 Blame It On The Tetons 5:25 329,634
14 Black Cadillacs 2:43 334,018
15 One Chance 3:01 341,394
16 The Good Times Are Killing Me 4:16 373,194

About this album

Good News for People Who Love Bad News is the fourth full-length album recorded by alternative rock band Modest Mouse.

The album was released by Epic Records on April 6, 2004 on both CD and 180g/m² vinyl record. It was rereleased on DualDisc on October 11, 2005. The first two singles from the album were “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty,” both of which debuted on American radio stations in the first half of 2004.

The vinyl and DualDisc editions of the album also contain the B-side “I’ve Got It All (Most)”. On the vinyl edition, the track is placed at the end of the album. On the DualDisc edition, it is placed between “Bury Me With It” and “Dance Hall”. The song “Bukowski” is dedicated to the late poet Charles Bukowski. The song “The Good Times Are Killing Me” was originally going to be released as the normal mix, but instead they added the one mixed by The Flaming Lips. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band appear also on tracks 1 (“Horn Intro”) and 9 (“This Devil’s Workday”) or 10 on the Dualdisc edition. A video for “The World at Large” was also on the dualdisc. It is called, “Stiff Animal Fantasy”.

This was Planet Sound’s #1 Album of 2004. It was also nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for Best Alternative Album. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in August 2004. As of March 19, 2007, it has sold 1,509,675 copies in the United States.

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  • OcellatedGod

    This is where I stopped caring for MM.

    4 Mar 6:39pm Reply
  • CourtesyFlush93

    people who like this modest mouse usually don't bother listening to their earlier stuff which is far superior to this and everything after.

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • galarags

    Its 9:12 PM on the California Oregon border and the sun still hasn't set

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    Love this band, love this album! :)

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • KillGravity9

    I first got into this album, but then I started listening to This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing to Think About and The Moon & Antarctica, they're much, much better in my opinion. Great band.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Good memories.

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • WS9167

    Yeah, a bit overproduced in places. The actual music, I can't complain about however.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ivor138

    label is epic? so is the album.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fast_german_car

    a little bit overproduced, but still a great job.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • UnRagazzoAdam

    Good News na popvictims:

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • urtemor

    it's really enjoyable!

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I've been trying so hard to fully love this and while I think it's a decent album, it still doesn't affect me the way their older releases do.

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
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    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • freaky_mouse

    first heard songs from this album 2 years ago. still in love.

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Ratlank_501

    Dennis Herring ruined this album. I can't even listen to the album version of Bury Me With It after hearing the live version. If this wasn't produced so much, I would love it just as much as their first two albums.

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bigbadapplejax

    Bought this on a whim when it came out. and never looked back. Strange to say but this record is almost a part of me now.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • lionslovejokes

    This album reminds me of 2009. I used to smoke pot in my apartment and listen to this album over and over. It's so chill, strange and borderline depressing at times, be it the lyrics or just the music. I still dig the hell out of it.

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • conditionals

    Easily the weakest of the last 3 albums.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • haribo_lector

    Such a fantastic album

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • BoysSayGo

    I think this album might be singlehandedly responsible for getting me to start to seriously listen to music. And I still think it's brilliant.

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
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