...If I Die, I Die

...If I Die, I Die is the debut studio album by Irish post-punk band Virgin Prunes. It was released on 4 November 1982 by record label Rough Trade. It was produced by Colin Newman of Wire.

...If I Die, I Die
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Studio album by
Released4 November 1982 (1982-11-04)
RecordedJuly–August 1982
StudioWindmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland
GenrePost-punk, gothic rock
LabelRough Trade
ProducerColin Newman
Virgin Prunes chronology
Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines)
...If I Die, I Die
Singles from ...If I Die, I Die
  1. "Baby Turns Blue"
    Released: 9 October 1982

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Virgin Prunes.

Side one
2."Decline and Fall"4:50
3."Sweethome Under White Clouds"4:45
Side two
1."Baby Turns Blue"5:07
2."Ballad of the Man"3:32
3."Walls of Jericho"3:09
4."Caucasian Walk"4:44
5."Theme for Thought"5:45

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Blender     [2]
The Village VoiceB+[3]

...If I Die, I Die has been well received by critics. AllMusic, in their retrospective review of the album, called it "a wonderfully confounding and sometimes campy and often disturbing exercise in unfettered creativity".[1] Chuck Eddy of Spin included it in his list of essential gothic rock albums, remarking that it "demonstrates that sometimes 'ritualistic' equals 'catchy'."[4]



Charts (1982) Peak
UK Indie Chart[5] 8

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1982 Rough Trade LP ROUGH 49
France 1985 Virgin LP 70307
United Kingdom 1990 Rough Trade CD ROUGH LCD 49
France 1993 New Rose CD 452043
United Kingdom 2004 The Grey Area CD YEO2CD
United States 2004 Mute CD MUTE 9265-2


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "...If I Die, I Die – Virgin Prunes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas. "Virgin Prunes: (various reissues)". Blender. Archived from the original on 3 November 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Chrisgau, Robert (2 March 1983). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (March 2009). "Essentials: From the Depths of Hell and Hot Topic, a Goth Primer for Ghouls of All Ages". Spin. 25 (3): 80. Retrieved 2 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved September 21, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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