Jimmy Urine has been making and recording music since he was a teenager, but it wasn’t until 1997 that he made it sort of official by forming Mindless Self Indulgence.
Mindless Self Indulgence’s musical style is impossible to pigeonhole – you can only describe it using a series of unconnected genres that MSI incorporates into their sound: industrial, punk, hip hop, electronica, dance, rock. And that doesn’t even begin to describe their live show, which is absolutely electrifying. If you didn’t get a chance to see them before they went on hiatus, you missed out on something unforgettable.
In the meantime, Jimmy has kept himself busy with a myriad of projects: “re-releasing” their very first demo album Pink, acting in movies, and contributing to movie and video game soundtracks. A selection of that music has been collected for The Secret Cinematic Sounds of Jimmy Urine, which drops April 28th, 2017.
Video game music has always been an important backdrop in my life. When you spend 100+ hours playing a game, you remember the good stuff and have nightmares about the bad. The Final Fantasy series of games was my jam in college, and so I have a ton of Nobuo Uematsu’s soundtracks. Similarly, the soundtracks from movies have always fascinated me; there have been times when a movie was forgettable, but the music wasn’t. I actually have soundtracks from movies I’ve hated; the movie may have sucked, but the music really spoke to me.
So when I heard that Jimmy Urine was releasing an album of his video game and movie music, I was really excited. I love MSI as a band, but I also have a lot of respect for Jimmy’s brilliant talent. And I was not disappointed.
The mood of the songs range from Fighting With The Melody which slots neatly into the rest of MSI’s oeuvre, upbeat and bouncy, to All Together Friends Forever‘s outright creepy-happy vibe (from the disturbing movie The Hive). The album is all synths and drum machines, chiptune waveforms and Commodore 64 aesthetics. The music is moody and atmospheric, sonically capturing the emotions of the movie and game scenes perfectly.
This record is a clear homage to Jimmy’s (and my) ’80s’ childhood soundscape: bands like Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, progressive rock and electronic music pioneers who redefined what soundtracks were supposed to sound like, moving away from the very traditional orchestral string arrangements to something more modern.
If you’ve always enjoyed the way that music adds layers to movies and video games (or, if like me, you’ve listened to the Katamari Damacy soundtrack on repeat for days), this is the perfect album for you. It really shows what a difference the right music can make toward setting the mood, and it highlights how frighteningly talented Jimmy Urine is.