Virgin Prunes: ...If I Die, I Die (40th Anniversary Edition)


Release Date: 11-11-2022

SKU: 4050538821604

Free Ground Shipping on all albums, and all other orders over $75

Secure Checkout
100% Money Back
100% Authentic
Easy Returns
Virgin Prunes: ...If I Die, I Die (40th Anniversary Edition)

1. Product Details

If I Die, I Die was released only weeks before the Heresie box set. The two albums show very different faces of the Virgin Prunes - one that explored mythical worlds and another that showed their surrealistic interest in the creative power of insanity. They also highlight the ways in which the band enjoyed experimenting with different genres, sound forms and recording techniques. As Friday has commented recently, 'The Virgin Prunes contained four different bands at the same time.' The album was recorded at the Windmill Studios in Dublin in the summer of 1982 and produced by Wire's Colin Newman. Rather than adopt an A/B format, the sides of the 1982 vinyl and album cover, which was designed by Steve Averill, were given brown and blue colours, signalling earth and sky respectively. The art work on each side of the sleeve was also inverted so that either side could be read as the front cover. Ursula Steiger's photography captured, on the brown side, the band running through a forest like a nomadic tribe. On the blue side we then find them in different costumes, performing with fire and mannequins within a derelict building. If I Die, I Die contains nine tracks. The brown side is evocative of distant mystical lands and brings to mind Iroquois culture. It features 'Ulakanakulot' (referring to 'the imaginary land of the Kuli Bird from where the Beautifull People come'), 'Decline and Fall', 'Sweethome Under White Clouds' and 'Bau-dachöng' (meaning 'secret inner wisdom'). The blue side showcases the slow and frenzied paces of their music, while highlighting the ways their highly visceral songs switch subjects and registers from the ancient and historical, to the social tensions and dysfunctions of a late twentieth-century present. It features 'Baby Turns Blue' (which was a very successful Indie single), 'Ballad of the Man', 'Walls of Jericho', 'Caucasian Walk' and 'Theme for Thought', which includes spoken passages of Oscar Wilde's poem 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol.' This 40th Anniversary Edition of the album sees a full remaster.

  1. Ulakanakulot (2022 Remaster)
  2. Decline and Fall (2022 Remaster)
  3. Sweethome Under White Clouds (2022 Remaster)
  4. Bau-Dachöng (2022 Remaster)
  5. Baby Turns Blue (2022 Remaster)
  6. Ballad of the Man (2022 Remaster)
  7. Walls of Jericho (2022 Remaster)
  8. Caucasian Walk (2022 Remaster)
  9. Theme for Thought (2022 Remaster)

2. Shipping and Delivery

Shipping is available to the 48 contiguous United States. We are unable to ship to PO Boxes, International locations, or APO/FPO addresses. 

Please ensure your address is entered correctly. We are unable to redirect to an alternate shipping address once an order is placed.If your order contains multiple items, it may ship from different warehouse locations.

Tracking information will be sent as items are shipped.

Allow up to 5 business days for your order to process when calculating delivery dates. 

Note: Additional delays may occur due to severe weather or other carrier delays. 

Standard Shipping: allow 7-10 business days for delivery. Albums will be shipped via USPS Media Mail; all other products via UPS Ground or FedEx Ground.

Expedited Shipping: allow 2-5 business days for delivery. Albums will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail; all other products via UPS 2-Day Air or FedEx 2-Day Air.

Overnight Shipping: allow 1-2 business days for delivery. All products will be shipped via UPS Next Day Air or FedEx Next Day Air. 

3. Return Policy

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all products purchased from All items must be returned as new in their original packaging, including all accessories and cables. Albums must be unopened to receive a refund. Missing items will be charged based on suggested retail prices.

All returns must be accompanied by a valid return authorization number (RMA) issued by Victrola. If an RMA is not obtained prior to shipping, the returned product will be refused and returned to sender.

If the item is no longer wanted, the shipping cost is not refundable and returns must be shipped prepaid by the customer. There is a 15% restocking fee that will be calculated based on the price of the product once the item is refunded.

If the item is defective, a pre-paid shipping label to return the product will be provided, and no restocking fee applies.

To set up a return for refund please visit Customer Care. Be sure to include your order # and reason for your return when submitting your request.

View more information about returns and warranty here.

Ratings and Reviews

Ratings and Reviews Underline