Album Review: Mindless Self Indulgence – How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence


A few weeks back, Managing Editor Jeremy Larson provided a thought-provoking feature on the moralization of music. For the past 16 years, Mindless Self Indulgence have created a cult following similarly examining the morals of Americans and popular music. Now in his 40s, frontman Jimmy Urine continues his agitation of social standards on How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence.

When Tyler, The Creator, the central antagonist of Larson’s piece, was only nine years old, MSI was already generating criticism with “Faggot”. Like Tyler, the intent was to shock; however, Urine’s messages were meant to shed light on cultural prejudice not simply “to propagate his brand of I-don’t-give-a-fuckery”. Although MSI’s messages generally lack the depth of electro-punk/industrial brethren like KMFDM, they’re still capable of divulging wisdom beneath a cloak of tongue-and-cheek satire.     

“It Get’s Worse”, “You’re No Fun Anymore Mark Trezona”, and “Hey Tomorrow Fuck You and Your Friend Yesterday” are all dance floor odes to adolescent freedom. “Now that the party’s over / You’re always clean and sober / No sex, drugs, rock and roll / You’re no fun anymore,” Urine chastises former partier Trezona as he pulls away from the narcissism of party culture. A scene depicted fervently on ”Fuck Machine” and “Casio”.

The messages are also more pointed, as heard on “Kill You All In a Hip Hop Rage”, where Urine announces that old-school lyricists like Biggie and Tupac would lay waste to the new generation of emcess due to their uninspired verses — if they hadn’t taken each other out first.

If you haven’t already fallen for MSI, this album will do very little to convince you otherwise. But for a moment, drop your guard and explore their brand of vulgarities.

Essential Tracks: “You’re No Fun Anymore Mark Trezona”, “Kill You All  In A Hip Hop Rage”