Die Life was a supposed to be Marina and the Diamonds' second album. The title is a play on words, because 'die' is the German article for feminine nouns, meaning the album is actually called "The Life". The album focused on feminism and sex.
On May 26, 2010, Marina tweeted: '"May have to scrap germanic 2nd album title "die Life".'(1)
On the 25th of November 2010 in an Interview for the Studio B Live in Finland Marina said, in response to being asked if she's working on her second album: 'yes, furiously'(2) and, when asked how far along it was: 'actually nothing has been officially recorded, but there are like, there are about seven or eight tracks that are done'(3)
In an interview for the Telegraph in January 2011, Marina said about the album: ' about sex in a lot of different ways: it’s about actual sex*, it’s about being a female, being a feminist. I’m so in love with it at the moment. It’s exactly how I thought I should progress.'(4) *gender
On January 15, 2013, Marina tweeted: 'Electra Heart was originally a side project, separate from Marina And The Diamonds'(5) / 'I called my manager in April 2011 and said "Hello. Can I pretend to be a totally different person? He said "No. You cannot"'(6) / 'I calmly put the phone down and screamed til eternity'(7)
In 2010 Marina tweeted thes song lyrics:
On the 16th of July 2010: 'You keep picking the scab and i'll keep selling the plaster.'(8)
On the 25th of August 2010: 'You never sing for love, you never have a heart to mend, because before the start begins, you always see the end.'(9)
On the 22nd of November 2010: 'Power & Control…'(10)
In early 2011 several demos were leaked(11), Sex Yeah (Free Sex), Living Dead, Power & Control, Miss Y, Scab & Plaster. All of these tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin, as well as Starring Role.
Jealousy, originally a The Family Jewels outtake, was performed 59 times between 2010 and 2011(12). Although it was not produced by Greg Kurstin, it is thought to be a die Life track due to the frequency it was played on tour and the timing.
A picture of the setlist(13) for Marina's Troubadour show was posted online which shows that die Life was supposed to be played as an encore, it's not known why it wasn't played. It is not known if the title track of die Life is a completely different song or an earlier demo of "Living Dead". Living Dead was first performed live on the 29th of December (14) only a few months after Troubadour show.(14)
"Starlight" and "Sinful" are NOT die Life tracks, though they appear on some fan tracklists, they are outtakes for The Family Jewels.
"The Other Foot" was recorded and leaked in 2013 long after die Life was scrapped.
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