I am not into that whole, "Well, you don't like my music so I am going to get you!" Who cares? I don't like my music! It's all about being an asshole and not all the testosterone you can handle. Look at me, I am just a skinny little nothing, somebody's grandmother could kill me!
—Jimmy Urine, lead singer
Formed in 1997, Mindless Self Indulgence (usually shortened to MSI) was at first described by themselves as 'Industrial Jungle Pussy Punk', but have since denounced the term. It really is hard to describe their music, on the grounds that they never seem to adhere to a single set genre. Basically, they're a rock band.Not usually for kids though, since the majority of their songs involve repeated profanity of some sort.Current Members:
Jimmy Urine: Main vocalist, song-writer and programmer. The band's name actually came from his first solo album.
Steve, Righ?: Guitarist, co-writer with Jimmy. Sometimes does vocals, such as "Whipstickagostop" and "Z," and even has some programming credits under his belt.. Has worked with My Chemical Romance on their album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
LynZ: Bassist from 2002-present. Married to Gerard Way.
Kitty: Drummer in Mindless Self Indulgence. She plays an acoustic drum kit with backing made up of sampled "loops" for live shows.
Vanessa YT: Bassist from 1997-2002. Initially, Urine claimed she had left to become an astronaut, later to reply it was to start a family.
Markus Euringer: Played second guitar and electronics during the band's early years.
Tight (1999, reissued 2011 with bonus content as "Tighter")
Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy (2000)
You'll Rebel To Anything (2005, reissued 2008)
How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence (2013)
Anything That Moves: Jimmy Urine. When asked about sexuality once, he made a comment about not caring what revs his engine, be it a man, a woman, or a chicken.
Audience Participation: On the intro song "Backmask," Jimmy tells the audience "When I say we, you say suck! We!" "Suck!" "We!" "Suck!" "WHEN I SAY WE, YOU SAY SUCK! WE!" "SUCK!" "WE!" "SUCK!" "DICK."
Also frequently employed in live performances of "Faggot;" Jimmy usually allows the audience to sing the chorus, and he'll jump in for the fast-paced verses. On occasion, an audience member will be called onto the stage to sing into the mic.
Black Comedy: MSI's brand of humor is pretty sick. "Panty Shot" is particularly infamous.
Call Back: A lot, concerning a side project of Jimmy and Steve, called the Left Rights;
The leitmotif of "Free Porn" is a loop taken from "Bullshit."
Several of the artists who did videos for them on "If" and "You'll Rebel To Anything" were involved with the side-project's promotion.
Heck, for a non-Left Rights example: The opening and closing scenes of "Shut Me Up" were scored with a different loop from "Bullshit."
Also, in their cover of "La-Di Da-Di", they referenced "Bitches":
"Bitches love me 'cuz they know that I can BONK!"
The Left-Rights song "Why You In My Phyzical" has not one, but TWO shout-outs to MSI, from "Tornado" and "I Hate Jimmy Page" respectively:
"You ain't no operator, so who the fuck are you, then?!"
"No need to ask..." and later "When you look me upside down..."
"I Hate Jimmy Page" contains a reference to "Panty Shot," then an obscure song that had no officially released recordings:
"Who like that song 'five year-old panty shot?' Yeah, yeah, that could be a real big record..."
Speaking of The Left Rights, "Deuce Courtesans and a Lambs Tail of Snuff" from their second album "Bad Choices Made Easy" is this trope, literally, reversed, consisting of lyrics from "2 Hookers And An Eight Ball" from "You'll Rebel To Anything" read in backwards order.
Groin Attack: Allegedly, Jimmy once attempted to light his junk on fire live.
Hypocritical Humor: From a sticker found on the clean version of "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy:"
this recording has been carefully wiped clean and has absolutely no filthy words likeFUCKso that you can play it at your radio facility. now hurry the fuck up and play the fucking thing.
I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Played for Laughs; during some concerts while playing "Planet of the Apes," Jimmy would open Steve,'s guitar solo by announcing he didn't not need the microphone, getting increasingly desperate the longer he was without it, and lunging towards it partway through the solo. In some cases, he even jabbed it into his arm while feigning ecstasy.
Jimmy seems to eat enough sugar (he's noted a specific fondness for Cherry Coca-Cola and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) to explain his extremely high energy, ADHD-like actions on stage. During some interviews, he seems to drink enough soda to go through several cans.
Jimmy's snorted Pixie Stix on stage on multiple occasions.
Large Ham: Jimmy Urine, Steve, Righ?, and (to an extent) Lyn-Z during live performances. They jump around, make random vocalizations, stage dive, stand on (and leap off of) stage equipment, and perform all sorts of other antics.
Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: However, for this other scale, they are at a whole 11. How come they're kinda popular between videogame developers despite these graphic lyrics is to anyone's guess. "Backmask" and "Straight To Video" have the most horrid lyrics out of their songs.
Minimalistic Cover Art: On the cover for three editions of If: it's just the title with some red splatters on paper.
Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Their style combined, at various points in their career, punk rock, shock rock, drum and bass, hip-hop, industrial, metal, synth-pop, dance, and even noise rock.
The New Rock & Roll: Subverted with intent to parody. Play "Backmask" backwards,and you hear a middle-aged mother telling the listener to do things like "Go to church", "Do your homework" and "Eat your vegetables". Ironically, the last phrase you'd hear playing the song forwards is "Don't listen to this song" backwards
Jimmy: Who ya callin' a faggot? Yo, [...] while you're out gay-bashing, I'm gonna be at your house fucking your girlfriend. In the ass!
Jimmy frequently pokes fun at various subjects on stage including Miley Cyrus, Twilight, goths/emos, and Panic! at the Disco. In particular, he had one infamous outburst towards Jared Leto.note Apparently, Leto showed up to a 2008 show in disguise, and took notes during the performance. You can see why Jimmy was considerably upset at this.
Take That, Audience!: The entirety of "You'll Rebel To Anything (As Long As It's Not Challenging)" is one long one to angsty emo kids.
Also mocks people who can't keep up with his fast paced singing in Stupid MF.
"Should I talk slower like you're a retard? Should I talk slower like you're retarded?"
Take That, Us: Not above making fun of this. Especially in "2 Hookers and an 8 Ball."
Tempting Fate: One trademark aspect of Jimmy's get-up is a jacket with one phrase or another (it varies) written on the back. One of the phrases? "Kick Me."
Who Writes This Crap?!: In "2 Hookers and an 8 Ball": "Can you believe that I write this shit" (Basically the whole song, too.)