Too Young to Die (song)

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"Too Young to Die"
Single by Jamiroquai
from the album Emergency on Planet Earth
B-side "Too Young to Die" (Instrumental)
Released 1992 (Acid Jazz label);
1 March 1993 (Sony Soho Square)
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded 1992
Genre Funk, acid jazz
Length 6:05
Label Acid Jazz,
Sony Soho Square,
Epic/CBS,
Hit Factory
Writer(s) Jason Kay;
Toby Smith;
Nick Van Gelder
Producer(s) Jason Kay
Jamiroquai singles chronology
"When You Gonna Learn"
(1992)
"Too Young to Die"
(1993)
"Blow Your Mind"
(1993)

"Too Young to Die" is the second single taken from British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai's debut studio album, Emergency on Planet Earth. The original version of the track runs at 10:18, however, both the single and album versions were cut, running at 3:22 and 6:05 respectively. The single peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

The commercial single includes all three versions of the track. The song's lyrics are about the fear of war and death due to political machinations. A music video was shot for "Too Young to Die". It was directed by W.I.Z., and consisted mainly of Jay Kay singing in what appears to be a desert military installation. The single's cover art depicts Jay Kay in the background, looking into the camera, with a sky-blue "grill" of the Buffalo Man in the left, as hollow spots, which are slowly morphing into solid blue crosses, headstones, the polar opposites to the meaning of the buffalo man. This morphing happens as one moves his eyes from left to right over the cover of the single. There is also a banner near the bottom of the sleeve which has several images on it, including a picture of a baby with a caption beside it reading "Too Young to Die", an image of the mushroom cloud, and a Swastika, with the latter having a red "X" over it.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single[1]
  1. "Too Young to Die" (7" Edit) - 3:22
  2. "Too Young to Die" (Extended Version) - 10:18
  3. "Too Young to Die" (Original) - 6:05
  4. "Too Young to Die" (Instrumental) - 6:22
  • Japanese CD single[2]
  1. "Too Young to Die" (7" Edit) - 3:22
  2. "When You Gonna Learn" (Digeridoo) - 3:48
  3. "Too Young to Die" (Original) - 6:05
  4. "When You Gonna Learn" (Cante Hondo Mix) - 5:49
  • UK 12" vinyl[3]
  1. "Too Young to Die" (Extended Version) - 10:18
  2. "Too Young to Die" (Original) - 6:05
  3. "Too Young to Die" (Instrumental) - 6:22

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