Come On Die Young

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Come On Die Young
Studio album by
Released29 March 1999 (1999-03-29)
ProducerDave Fridmann
Mogwai chronology
Mogwai Young Team
Come On Die Young

Come On Die Young is the second studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. The album was released on 29 March 1999 by Chemikal Underground.


Songs for Come On Die Young were written by the band members at home or together in the rehearsal room.[1] Wanting a sparser sound, Mogwai drew influences from Seventeen Seconds by The Cure and Spiderland by Slint[2] as well as Low, Nick Drake and The For Carnation.[3] The songs "Christmas Steps" and "Ex-Cowboy" had been played live by the band during the tour for Mogwai Young Team.[1] The album was recorded in three weeks[1] at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York with producer Dave Fridmann[4] and was the first Mogwai recording to feature multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns.[5] The original intended running time of the album was extended after Mogwai's record label, Chemikal Underground, persuaded them to include more of the songs they had recorded.[1] Come On Die Young is somewhat different from the rest of Mogwai's work because of its reserved tone. The album's second track "CODY" is much more like a traditional pop song than most of the band's repertoire. Still slow and sinuous, it features an uncharacteristically distinct melody, slide guitar and relatively prominent vocals. Much of Come On Die Young consists of slow, quiet, drum-driven tracks containing tense, feedback-laden crescendos and occasionally ambient textures. Near the end of the album, the bombastic "Christmas Steps" breaks away from this quiet tension and displays a return to Mogwai's more well-known distortion-heavy dynamics. The album's title derives from a Glasgow gang of the same name.[6]

Song information[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Jockey Slut4/5 stars[10]
Melody Maker2.5/5 stars[11]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[15]
The Village VoiceC[17]

Come On Die Young received a somewhat muted reception when compared to Mogwai Young Team. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, writing for AllMusic, wrote that "perhaps Come On Die Young wouldn't have seemed as disappointing if it hadn't arrived on the wave of hype and expectation, but the truth is, it pales in comparison to their own work."[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Punk Rock:"Stuart Braithwaite2:09
3."Helps Both Ways"Dominic Aitchison4:53
4."Year 2000 Non-Compliant Cardia"
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
6."Waltz for Aidan"
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
7."May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door"
8."Oh! How the Dogs Stack Up"Burns2:04
11."Christmas Steps"
  • Aitchison
  • Braithwaite
12."Punk Rock/Puff Daddy/ANʇICHRISʇ"Braithwaite2:14
Total length:67:38


Additional musicians


Chart (1999) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 29
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[20] 6


  1. ^ a b c d Tucker, Simon (10 July 2014). "Louder Than War Interview: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai". Louder Than War. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ Pattinson, Louis (27 June 2014). "Mogwai – Come On Die Young Deluxe Edition". Uncut. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ Amorosi, AD. "MAGNET CLASSICS: MOGWAI'S "COME ON DIE YOUNG"". Magnet. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ Thompson, Ben (19 March 1999). "Come on, feel the noise". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ Laing, Dave and Phil Hardy. "Mogwai". Book Excerpt (2001). Mogwai. Rock's Backpages. Accessed November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Douglas Wolk (May 1999). "The Scottish Scoundrels in Mogwai Give Glasgow a Good Name". CMJ New Music Monthly (69). p. 27. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "Iggy Pop, punk pioneer, on Peter Gzowski's 90 Minutes Live". CBC News.
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Come on Die Young – Mogwai". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  9. ^ O'Reilly, John (2 April 1999). "Tunespotting". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Jockey Slut. April–May 1999.
  11. ^ Kulkarni, Neil (3 April 1999). "Dead from the Neck Down". Melody Maker: 110.
  12. ^ Williams, Simon (23 March 1999). "Mogwai – Come On Die Young". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  13. ^ Berman, Stuart (18 June 2014). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Q (152): 110. May 1999.
  15. ^ Gross, Joe (15 April 1999). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  16. ^ Kun, Josh (May 1999). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Spin. 15 (5): 154. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 November 1999). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2018.

External links[edit]

Come On Die Young at Discogs (list of releases)