I can’t seem to stay a fixed ideal
Die in the Summertime, and its chorus specifically, is a parade for hilarious contrasts.
The verse is a mysterious, swirling mass of depression and anxiety. It’s bleak like the most of the album but carries its own little dark groove to it. Fleshed-out bleakness if you will. And boom, here comes the chorus and what the hell, it’s almost joyous.
Which of course wonderfully works with the lyrics: “I wanna die in the summertime” sung on top of a twistedly positive musical backing. Brilliance.
Shame it doesn’t work so well in execution than it does as an idea. The verses are fucking brilliant but the chorus sounds copy/pasted from a whole other song and the switch between the two is always very, very jarring. Not to mention that no matter how convincingly you try to deliver it, “I wanna die/die in the summertime/I wanna die” will always sound downright stupid.
The 10th anniversary re-release has a demo of this song included on it. It’s not radically different at all, the band recorded the demo when they had the gist of the song finished, but the recording has a different vibe to it. It’s very curious. A lovely little curiosity, could have used some more of those on the re-release instead of boring live and radio session tracks (and those whopping three b-sides could have been included too but that’s a rant more fitting to another place).