I die when you look at me
As much as the title is gloomy and angsty, based on the very little I can decipher from the lyrics it seems to be more lovelorn teenage angst rather than any sort of existential crisis. Which works for us just as well.
Dying a Thousand Deaths lasts a bit under two minutes and seems more like a sketch than a fully realised song – which is what demos tend to be anyway, but even more so. The fact that it starts and ends abruptly with a fade and how it begins with a chorus that seems to be halfway through give one the idea that something funny was going on when this demo was recorded, but we’re not very cross, are we?
Dying is more of early Manics’ jangle pop phase rather than the glitter punk they are usually known to start with. It has slight hints of early R.E.M. and quite frankly it sounds more enjoyable than most of the early Manics demos.
Think about what Generation Terrorists would have been like if the band had decided to go on with this direction rather than scrape it and continue emphasising the more punkier/hard rocking aspects of their music early on.