UPDATE:: Thanks to
@jeffmicklos for sending me a link with the Chad Widowmaker demo. It sounds like an acoustic version of the old Life Is Beautiful intro. Kind of a letdown after searching for the song for so long but at least I have it in the collection now. I’ve been told that the U2 cover isn’t officially Die Radio Die but I’ve chosen to leave it in the download because I got it in a torrent with several other of their songs and I’ve always known that CHRISCHADPARTYCRASHER was just some of the guys fooling around but seeing as it was a download from the old Die Radio Die forums and its a pretty fun song I’ve left that one attached as well.
Die Radio Die was not a band whose members I knew and hung out with nor was it a band I saw once and the obsessively followed from show to show. The truth is that I’ve never seen Die Radio Die and I don’t know anyone who has. A buddy of mine returned from Oklahoma one summer with tales of this band that he heard of from a friend of his and he would constantly be singing this song, The Chase. That was the first I had heard of Die Radio Die and, with a two hour break between my classes, I would learn much more. MP3.com was in full swing and every independent band everywhere was giving away its music in hopes of building a bigger fanbase. This was pre-Purevolume/MySpace popularity. Fans were still meeting on band websites and forums, always on the lookout for new music and MP3.com is where we got it from. The majority of the Die Radio Die songs I have originally came from there (with a few from Kazaa) and its a miracle those mp3s still exist in my possession. They’ve survived 3 different computers and countless burnt CDs, scratched, broken, and lost. Having not experienced Die Radio Die in person I took most knowledge of what songs were what on faith.
What bothers me the most is the lack of internet coverage this band has. From what I’ve picked from the general fan vibe, these guys were beloved for their music yet almost no info on them exists online except for countless lyric pages. While they may not sound like much to the new listener, Die Radio Die’s songs came out at the height of this style of music when emo rock was being recognized as something more than a post-grunge experiment and people were latching on. It has its many flaws but attached to these songs are memories: of growing up, friendships gained and lost, and the discovery of even more music. This appeared some time back giving an interesting second hand look at the band and piqued my interest in finding more songs that I knew had been missing. In my search I noticed many people mentioning that they had a song or four laying around or had lost their physical copies and I thought to myself, “I have more than four songs (17 to be exact), maybe I can help.” So here are almost all of the songs that I have. iTunes and Amazon have a different version of New England Sunrise released on a Militia Group sampler called Stepping Stones Volume 1: The Best Bands You Have Never Heard. My problem now is that I’m a sucker for sorting and organization and would love to know what songs are part of Die Radio Die’s first EP so any help would be greatly appreciated. Also if there are songs that I am missing I would love to be told what they are and, if you have them, would like copies to add to this collection.
New England Sunrise from Stepping
Stone V:1 The Best Bands You Have Never Heard on Amazon.com