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Mindless Self Indulgence

With KillRadio. Saturday, April 16, at the House of Blues.

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"You guys, man, you've gotta get organized," Mindless Self Indulgence singer Jimmy Urine says scornfully, chiding an unruly and mostly hostile audience. "When I say 'We,' you say 'Suck.'" That concert snippet opens MSI's 2000 cult classic Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy. Since then, the group has opened for its share of inappropriate acts, much to its own amusement.

After hearing MSI's hyperactive disco beats and quivering upper-octave vocals, Insane Clown Posse's Juggalos wanted to hunt its members like chicken when the band toured with the Detroit duo. System of a Down's meathead fans (the ones who hated MSI's ambiguous sexuality) and fledgling political protesters (who mistakenly bristled at the farcical song "Faggot") united in outrage at MSI during the band's brief jaunt with the Armenian metallers. MSI never got a chance to open for Zeppelin, but its "I Hate Jimmy Page," an attack on conventional musicianship, incensed Ledheads.

On the band's recently released follow-up, You'll Rebel to Anything, MSI needles anguish-peddling rock stars, corporations that co-opt the counterculture, and the masses who buy what both are selling. Its irreverent cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" should once again have the classic-rock crowd up in arms, while its solid synthpop melodies should snare people who dig the Killers' music, but hate that they don't have the balls to say "dick."

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