Mindless Self Indulgence
The long rumored "lost" album from Mindless Self Indulgence has finally emerged after all these years. Releasing via Metropolis Records, "PINK" will hold some of the pre-MSI songs that made the band what they are today. Speaking with Jimmy Urine, founder of the band, I dug up some information regarding "PINK" and all that goes with it:
It seem as if a lot of fans have been clamoring about this alleged lost album for quite some time now. Why did you decide to release "PINK" this year? Was there any special occasion or thought behind the move?
Jimmy - "People have been obsessed with Pink ever since the early 2000’s and have also been selling the self-titled CD on eBay for 500 bucks a pop. No one had anything at all from Pink except me, but people knew the tracklist names and were using them to promote their own shitty bands on the internet. So I was like fuck that shit, I will give you the Pink you are looking for and you give me my goddamn money."
Were these tracks always lost, or did you have them on backup for quite some time? Did it take some digging to recover them?
Jimmy - "I always had everything but it took a lot of time to get them off of old, outdated equipment onto modern platforms in which to work on them. I spent four months just transferring stuff to modern equipment."
As of right now, is there any place fans can go to get a teaser of what they can expect to hear on the album?
Jimmy - "1-844-MSI-PINK is a good start. And also @msi and @jimmyurine."
Listening to these songs now, how do you feel about them? Do you love them? Hate them? Do some of them make you cringe or no?
Jimmy - "Actually I was surprised at how fucking good most of the songs were. And that I never cannibalized any of them for other MSI records before like I did with 'Evening Wear' which is from this era."
Listening back on these songs has got to bring you back to some old, fond memories of when you were first starting out. Do you recall any feelings or thoughts you had from when you first started this journey?
Jimmy - "Yeah, I used to write all night then go down to all the Times Square/42nd Street peep show places at like four in the morning, jack off, go get breakfast as people were going to work at regular jobs, then go home and write more till I passed out. Can’t do that in New York City anymore."
Looking back on twenty-something year old Jimmy, did you ever think that Mindless Self Indulgence would actually become this successful? Or even make it this far?
Jimmy - "Not like this. Not as a super cult band that never dies and is its own thing unto itself. I knew I was on to something different that was anti-everything that was going on in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but I didn’t know it would translate to such longevity."
If time travel was possible, and you traveled back in time to see yourself, what would be one sweet morsel of advice you would give your past self?
Jimmy - "Nothing. I ain’t gonna Butterfly Effect that shit and go back and fuck with the space-time continuum. Are you nuts? Didn’t you see 'Back To The Future'? I ain’t gonna kiss my mom, even if she was Lea Thompson."
What all comes packed on "PINK"? I know there will be a lot of unheard of songs, but what else will come along in the package?
Jimmy - "With Pink you get 19 tracks including 4 songs of the self-titled EP and 15 never before heard songs with covers of 'Personal Jesus' and 'Girls on Film', and one hidden song. There’s also an audio diary from me at age 22. Inside the CD booklet is a picture anatomy of what you need to make an MSI song, and finally after 20 years the origin of the name of the band is revealed. The songs are not in chronological order, but in songs-I-like-best order with the years written next to the titles. It all comes in lovely retro-1990s album art. That is a nice little package if you ask me."
I know that there will be a 500 piece run of the album on Vinyl in pink, of course. Do you fancy Vinyl, or CDs? Or do you just go with digital items when it comes to your own music?
Jimmy - "Vinyl all the way. Its like collecting an action figure these days."
And, other than that, do you have anything else in the works in regards to MSI? Be it remixes, video or promo shoots, or anything of the like?
Jimmy - "Right now I am mostly working on video game soundtracks, remixes in the studio and some movie stuff. I’m also making appearances in the 'Devil’s Carnival' film series with my wife Chantal Claret. And I have music appearing in the Nerdist horror movie 'The Hive' directed by David Yarovesky."
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time, and I wish the best for yourself and MSI. Cheers!
Jimmy - "Thanks man, no problem!"
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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