- Awesome Music: "Float On", "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", "Shit Luck" (really, The Lonesome Crowded West is one big CMOA), all of The Moon & Antarctica, and "Dramamine", just to name a few.
- Broken Base:
- Between the fans of their older stuff (The Lonesome Crowded West, The Moon & Antarctica), and the fans of their newer stuff (Good News, We Were Dead), although they have possibly the best overlap of any "underground that went poppy" band out there.
- Their 2015 comeback album Strangers to Ourselves seems to have become a minor one. It's gotten generally positive reviews, but fans are somewhat divided on exactly how good it is. Some see it as a triumphant return, others simply see it as a solid, if fairly standard, Modest Mouse album.
- Lupe Fiasco's heavy sampling of "Float On" for his song "The Show Goes On" has received very mixed reactions from the Modest Mouse fandom.
- Critical Dissonance: Good News is regarded better by fans than it is by critics, though it's still fairly well regarded by critics.
- Face of the Band: Isaac Brock. Most interviews of Modest Mouse are just him, and given that the band has changed its lineup so much it's obvious he is the frontman.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The line "I broke every bone in my goddamn jaw" from Might is pretty amusing seeing as Isaac Brock did just that three years after writing the song.
- Signature Song: A few key ones:
- "Float On," in large part thanks to Guitar Hero; however, the band rarely plays "Float On" live, for the same reasons that Radiohead stopped playing "Creep."
- For longtime fans, "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", "Doin' the Cockroach", "Cowboy Dan", "Truckers Atlas", "3rd Planet", "Gravity Rides Everything", "Dark Center Of The Universe", "The Stars Are Projectors", "Custom Concern", "Interstate 8", "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset", "Edit the Sad Parts", and "Dramamine" are the biggest contenders.
- True Art Is Angsty: Their most critically acclaimed album, The Moon & Antarctica, is probably their most cunningly stark and depressing one, helped in no part by the absence of vocals on many lengthy portions of song. In general, they are decidedly not a happy, fun band.
- Brock's jaw was wired shut for some of the recording of the album, forcing the band to make the album largely instrumental.
- Tearjerker: "Little Motel" is rather poignant.
- A lot of their songs can count as this.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Their most critically acclaimed album, The Moon & Antarctica, is also probably their most mindscrewy. Oddly enough, it's mostly because they balance on a precipice between "oblique" and "foggy as London". A common theme on all of their albums.
YMMV / Modest Mouse