[[caption-width-right:345:Motion City Soundtrack (From left to right: Tony, Jesse, Matt, Justin, Josh)]]

Motion City Soundtrack is a Minneapolis-based pop-punk band, founded in 1997. The band is comprised of founding members Justin Pierre (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joshua Cain (lead guitar, backing vocals), as well as Matthew Taylor (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jesse Johnson (synthesizer, keyboard, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers headbanging]]), and Claudio Rivera (drums). They have so far released six albums: ''I Am the Movie'' (2002), ''Commit This to Memory'' (2005), ''Even if It Kills Me'' (2007), and ''My Dinosaur Life'' (2010), and ''Go'' (2012). Their sixth album, ''Panic Stations'', released in September of 2015. MCS combines rock music and Moog synthesizers, making for a unique sound. Their songs are also notable for their quirky (and sometimes [[ClusterFBomb pottymouthed]]) lyrics. WordOfGod says that the band can be categorized as Scrabble-rock, because of Pierre's love for big words.

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!!These examples freak you out:
* {{Adorkable}}: Justin, by a long shot.
* BookEnds: Used hauntingly in "Happy Anniversary". ("I can feel it in my bones tonight...")
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Justin, for a long time. From the conception of the band until about 2007, Justin was a massive alcoholic and engaged in behaviors that we very destructive to both himself and the band. Nonetheless, it was tolerated because of his talent as a singer and songwriter. He has since cleaned up his act, though.
* CloudCuckoolander: Justin isn't weird, he's just, uh, quirky.
** The love interest of "The Future Freaks Me Out"
-->''And she says hey!''
-->''I rock the Haro sport, I rock the cowgirl blues''
-->''I rock too fast for love I'm footloose in my velcro shoes''
-->''What's up with Series/WillAndGrace? I don't get drum and bass''
-->''The future freaks me out''
** Justin shows a flash of this in "It Had to Be You" when he starts singing borderline nonsense in the middle of a BreakupSong
-->''Let's get wrecked on Pop-Tarts and sex and see the Taj Mahal''
-->''Let's save birds from Prince William Sound and skateboard through the mall''
-->''Let's fight crime with mangos and lime and join the PGA''
-->''Let's win big with every spin but hurry I can't wait''
-->''Do you spend a fortune on those [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Infomercial late night prepaid television scams]]''
-->''In search of the perfect blender, steak knife, and non-stick frying pan?''
* ClusterFBomb: Several songs, but most prominently "@!#?@!".
** "@!#?@!" is also an interesting case of LampshadeHanging--he's actually ''telling off'' a group of [[JerkAss jerks]] [[HypocriticalHumor for being foul-mouthed]].
--> ''You all need to go away''
--> ''you motherfuckers!''
--> ''You all need to leave me and my sensitive homeboys alone''
* ItsNotYouItsMe: The Conversation
* LampshadeHanging
** As mentioned above, "@!#?@!."
** As well as "[[ClusterFBomb LG FUAD]]" for using a line from another song:
-->''I want to thank you for being a part of my''
-->''[[ShoutOut "forget-me-nots and marigolds and other things that don't get old"]]''
-->''Is it legal to do this?''
-->''I surely don't know''
-->''It's the only way I have learned to express myself''
-->''Through other people's descriptions of life''
* LongRunnerLineUp: They've had the same line-up since 2002.
** Until 2013 when drummer Tony Thaxton left.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: A few, including "Last Night" and "Fell in Love Without You."
** In "Fell in Love Without You"
-->''Last night I fell in love without you''
-->''I waved good-bye to that heart of mine beating solo on your lawn''
-->''Every aching wound will cauterize and bruise''
-->''In memory of what we used to call in love''
-->''And only time will tell if violins will swell''
-->''In memory of what we used to call in love''
-->''We used to call it love''
** "It Had to Be You" can be taken as this
-->''It felt like a dream''
-->''A beautiful scream''
-->''That echoed forever and made us not afraid to feel a thing''
-->''And after it ends''
-->''We'll try to be friends''
-->''We'll try to be friends''
-->''They say that what doesn't kill us makes us who we are''
* MessyHair: Justin Pierre's.
* OneWomanSong: Antonia.
* PunnyName: The band's name could possibly be a play on the term "original motion picture soundtrack".
* ScienceFair: The video for "Her Words Destroyed My Planet".
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
** An example in "This is For Real"
-->''For a physical challenge I'm notoriously bored''
-->''Intravenous delivery, electrolytes and more''
** "L.G. FUAD"
-->''I wanna know what it's like to be awkward and innocent, not belligerent''
-->''I wanna know how it feels to be useful and pertinent and have common sense, yeah''
** "Hold Me Down"
-->''You're the leaky sink of sentiment, you're the failed attempts I never could forget''
-->''You're the metaphors I can't create to comprehend this curse that I call love''
** "Fell in Love Without You"
-->''Every aching wound will cauterize and bruise''

* TheOner: The videos for A Lifeless Ordinary and True Romance. Done with a twist in True Romance, as it's actually two oners spliced together, both filmed ''backwards''.

* ShoutOut: Fairly often, especially on theIr fourth album, My Dinosaur Life