Come On Die Young

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Come On Die Young
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Studio album by Mogwai
Released 29 March 1999
Recorded Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, New York, USA, Cava Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Genre Post-rock
Length 67:32
Label Chemikal Underground, Matador
Producer Dave Fridmann
Mogwai chronology
Mogwai Young Team
(1997)
Come On Die Young
(1999)
Rock Action
(2001)

Come On Die Young (also known as CODY), is the second full-length studio album by the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released on 29 March 1999 by Chemikal Underground.

Overview[edit]

It 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.[1]

Song information[edit]

Critical reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Jockey Slut 4/5 stars[5]
Melody Maker 2.5/5 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]
The Village Voice C[12]

It 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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs and music were written by Mogwai.

No. Title Length
1. "Punk Rock:" 1:58
2. "CODY" 6:38
3. "Helps Both Ways" 4:56
4. "Year 2000 Non-Compliant Cardia" 3:30
5. "Kappa" 5:02
6. "Waltz for Aidan" 4:00
7. "May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door" 8:37
8. "Oh! How the Dogs Stack Up" 1:56
9. "Ex-Cowboy" 9:12
10. "Chocky" 9:29
11. "Christmas Steps" 11:34
12. "Punk Rock/Puff Daddy/ANʇICHRISʇ" 2:18
Total length: 67:32

2014 re-issue extra tracks (Vinyl + CD releases).

  1. "Nick Drake" – 3:16
  2. "Waltz For Aidan (Chem19 Demo)" – 3:40
  3. "Christmas Steps (Chem19 Demo)" – 6:41 (available on LP version only)
  4. "Rollerball (Chem19 Demo)" – 3:51
  5. "7:25 (Chem19 Demo)" – 6:37 (available on LP version only)
  6. "Untitled" – 6:07
  7. "Quiet Stereo Dee" – 4:07
  8. "Arundel" – 3:00
  9. "Cody (CaVa Sessions)" – 5:58
  10. "Ex-Cowboy (CaVa Sessions)" – 9:12
  11. "Spoon Test (CaVa Sessions)" – 6:29
  12. "Punk Rock: (CaVa Sessions)" – 2:12
  13. "Helicon 2 (CaVa Church Live)" – 3:05
  14. "Satchel Panzer (CaVa Church Live)" – 1:24
  15. "Kappa (CaVa Church Live)" – 4:38
  16. "Helps Both Ways (Original Version)" – 5:22
  17. "Hugh Dallas" – 8:31

Personnel[edit]

Mogwai
Additional musicians
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/arts-entertainment/music/punk-rock-comes-to-canada/gzowski-interviews-iggy-pop-1.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Come on Die Young – Mogwai". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ O'Reilly, John (2 April 1999). "Tunespotting". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Jockey Slut. April–May 1999. 
  6. ^ Kulkarni, Neil (3 April 1999). "Dead from the Neck Down". Melody Maker: 110. 
  7. ^ Williams, Simon (23 March 1999). "Mogwai – Come On Die Young". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Berman, Stuart (18 June 2014). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Q (152): 110. May 1999. 
  10. ^ Gross, Joe (15 April 1999). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Kun, Josh (May 1999). "Mogwai: Come On Die Young". Spin. 15 (5): 154. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 November 1999). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2 May 2016.