The Fruit That Ate Itself

Glacial Pace Recordings Under Exclusive License to Fat Possum Records
Release date
10 Mar 2014
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sunspots 0:38 29,459
2 The Waydown 2:30 64,147
3 Fruit 0:52 27,451
4 Dirty Fingernails 3:21 66,303
5 Sunspots In the House of the Late Scapegoat 2:42 53,275
6 The Fruit That Ate Itself 3:17 56,133
7 Way Down 0:43 24,422
8 Summer 3:13 79,557
9 Karma's Payment 3:29 56,330

About this album

The Fruit That Ate Itself is the third EP released by indie rock band Modest Mouse in 1997. The album was recorded at Calvin Johnson’s Dub Narcotic Studios. Originally, the session was planned to record a 7” release, but it soon expanded into an EP. The track “Dirty Fingernails” also appears on Yoyo A Go Go, a compilation album released by Yoyo Records.

Upon its release, the band expressed some embarrassment with the marginal nature of some of the tracks in an interview in The Rocket, joking that Calvin Johnson would start recording every time they jingled their keys. The album features several experimental interludes, consisting of music reversed in post-production.

The EP was reissued on CD and vinyl by Glacial Pace Recordings on November 9th, 2010.

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  • Ih8myM8

    That's great!

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sorrki

    I think it was recorded and released before Lonesome Crowded West.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ex1LeMan77

    when was this EP recorded? before or after Lonesome Crowded West?

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    underrated as a motherfucker <- true dat [2]

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • houghster27

    A highly overlook EP. Very good.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    wow WOW This is definitely a grower. LOVE this EP. "It's a long story"

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Timppa2000

    underrated as a motherfucker <- true dat

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ewbanh


    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bloc47

    stunning EP

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Modestmilk

    As much as I really do love it I tend to forget about this album sometimes, just because it's so different from everything else they've done. Very dark indeed.

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • APandaNamedMica

    best EP in history.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • makemegoldagain

    The official tracklist of this album was misprinted, as evident by the titles of songs appearing in lyrics. Here's the band's intended tracklist: 1. sunspots 2. the waydown 3. fruit 4. dirty fingernails 5. sunspots in the house of the late scapegoat 6. the fruit that ate itself 7. way down 8. summer 9. karma's payment

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Septacle

    again ate 3 then wanted 4.. had to end at 4

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Red_Baron45

    Possibly their darkest album.

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • beat_radiation

    why are people saying "I dunno why, but I like this album"? it's a great fucking EP! that's why you like it, I'm going to guess.

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Modestmilk

    They don't make music like this anymore.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SirMothy

    underrated as a motherfucker

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • bloc47

    gooooood album

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jthmmdom

    This is what gave me a great deal of respect for Modest Mouse.

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • prophetpope

    sure is the best Modest Mouse EP ever.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
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