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If I Die I Die Original recording remastered

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IF I DIE I DIE

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ulakanakulot
  2. Decline And Fall
  3. Sweethome Under White Clouds
  4. Bau-Dachong
  5. Pagan Lovesong
  6. Dave-Id Is Dead
  7. Fado
  8. Baby Turns Blue
  9. Ballad Of The Man
  10. Walls Of Jericho
  11. Caucasian Walk
  12. Theme For Thought
  13. Chance Of A Lifetime
  14. Yeo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute (Artist Intelligence)
  • ASIN: B0002YCUSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best known Virgin Prunes album. It contains two of their most popular singles, Baby turns Blue and Pagan Love Song, both of which are Goth Club favorites even 20 some years after their release. Their sound is very ecclectic. In fact, there isn't one song that sounds like another on this album. You get some dissonant Post-Punk (what would be considered Deathrock by American standards), some spooky Bauhaus-ish Goth, some catchy Pop, and some Industrial flavored Noise-Art. With this in mind, it's only fitting that the Mute label (Home to Nick Cave, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Laibach) would go and reissue the entire catalog of one of the finest art-punk bands ever.
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Yes, this is one of my 10 favorite albums of the 1980s. The album cover & quality of the pressing compelled me to give this a listen one day (back in the days when indie/import shops in the US had record players you could actually listen to the latest releases with). The really danceable (and what would become their best known tracks) "Baby Turns Blue" & "Caucasian Walk" made me buy it, however, I ended up usually listening to the whole thing from beginning to end & the other (more experimental) tracks really grew on me. Something about the artwork & packaging & the fact that it always threw people off (What the hell is that?!) made this a perennial favorite.

Listening to it now, the music isn't really all that different from what you would expect from an early 80s post punk/pre synthpop "UK" alt band (most of the band hails from Ireland, but like their friends U2, really took off because of the UK punk/new wave scene....well, ok, they didn't really take off like U2, but they did make their mark). In L.A. speak, the Virgin Punes could be described as The Lords of The New Church meets The Fall, or Bauhaus with The Doors' personality and Siouxsie & The Banshees' beat. This is the album that really propelled them into alternative band non-stardom. Except for their final album (Moon...), their other releases were much more experimental and covered a much wider range of style (and quality). I thought I read somewhere that Colin Newman of Wire produced one side of the LP & Dave Ball of Soft Cell & The Grid produced the other, but the liner notes give all the credit to Colin. Regardless, the album is very much a cohesive whole. The bass predominates even the slow tracks.
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At long last this album gets re-issued and re-mastered on CD. Has any band of this stature missed having its back catalog plundered endlessly except for the Virgin Prunes? But what must not have been very easy on them financially has worked wonders for their artistic legacy. How's that? It's because by virtue of it having been so rare during the past nearly twenty years, the beautiful evil of the Virgins Prunes has not been diminished by familiarity like a great many of the bands from this era have been. This is an unbelievably powerful listening experience to have in 2004. A real revelation. Insane. Disturbing, yet always beautiful (in a very broad definition of the word, granted!). The best ballpark comparison to the Prunes sound and "feel" would have to be Bauhaus, although that's just getting you into the ballpark, so don't make too much of it: the Prunes exist in their very own, very singular continuum. Fans of early PiL, Throbbing Gristle, Birthday Party, etc, should go nuts over this. Produced by Wire's Colin Newman. It's tightly controlled chaos here and it really works for it. Rubbery, almost metronomic bass. Eerie percussion effects. Three wailing weirdo singers including a mentally handicapped young man. Bone crunching guitar riffs (The guitar player is the older brother of U2's Edge, btw) and trippy DARK subject matter. As dark and as apocalyptic as any band has ever been. A lush, dark, beautifully designed nightmare. A masterpiece of sorts.
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Wow ... I can still feel the shaking and fear and awe and delight I felt after accidentally seeing my first Virgin Prunes show. I grew up in Dublin and had heard of Virgin Prunes because of the graffiti 'u2 can be a virgin prune' that was plastered all over the city at the time. The buzz about U2 had just started, and I was eager to see them. I went to one of their shows in the local church hall, only U2's manager wouldn't allow them play because they didn't have a good enough PA, so Virgin Prunes went on instead. Strongman Prune started the show off by playing one note every five seconds, being joined by a similar monotonous thump from the drummer. Suddenly there was this 'mentally handicapped' acting guy doing cart wheels in the audience and handing out chocolate. This I later discovered was Dave-iD, who wasn't acting at all! Next, a skinny mad Bowie-ish looking guy (Guggi) appeared out of nowhere dressed in what seemed like twenty or so regal fur lined capes, carrying an enormous book which he pushed onto a lectern. He had black circles around his eyes and white pancake makeup and started screeching an accusatory sermon at the audience. Visually, he was stunning. He was soon followed by a crazy looking black haired guy on all fours (Gavin Friday) with a black band of makeup across his eyes, who started to hiss at the audience. I was mesmerized, I wanted to run, but couldn't decide whether to run away or run closer to the stage. The rest of the show was equally fascinating. Their performance was perfectly executed - the audience just stood there shocked, but no one left the hall. It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen and left the show so proud they were an Irish band!Read more ›
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