"Make Me Wanna Die" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Desperate song from a Gossip Girl's band; too dark for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lyrics focus primarily on the self-destructive depths of love and some serious self-esteem issues. "Your eyes, your eyes, I can see in your eyes, your eyes, you make me wanna die, I'll never be good enough, you make me wanna die, and everything you love, will burn  up in the light, every time I look inside your eyes, make me wanna die."

Positive role models

Doing anything for someone at the expense of yourself comes off as a sexy and romantic ideal here: "I would die for you, my love, my love, I would lie for you, my love, my love (make me wanna die), I would steal for you, my love, my love (make me wanna die)." Can someone say dysfunctional relationship?

Violence

The title line "You make me wanna die" is basically as far as the lyrics go with suicide innuendo, but there are other morbid references, like "I would die for you, my love."

Sex

"Taste me, drink my soul, show me all the things that I shouldn't know."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The single is featured on the soundtrack to the movie Kick-Ass.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although teens may be interested because the group's frontwoman is Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl, this is not a good choice for young teens! The song has all the wrong messages about relationships, and plays right into the extreme emotions teens sometimes experience from their first crushes. Talk of wanting to die and not being good enough for someone permeates this single, along with a desperation to do anything to maintain someone's interest.

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What's the story?

Straight off of the soundtrack to the equally hard-charging movie, Kick-Ass, "MAKE ME WANNA DIE" was originally a promo single for the alternative rock band, The Pretty Reckless. The group has gotten major press thanks to their controversial Gossip Girl frontwoman, Taylor Momsen. The song is as dark and brooding as Momsen's make-up, and discusses relationship desperation with a sprinkling of Twilight illusions just for good measure.  

Is it any good?

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"Make Me Wanna Die" is a classically edgy rock song that delights in being naughty and irresponsible. The driving guitars aren't anything new, but set against Momsen's hypnotic, sultry voice they're given new life. Think Paramore with more air guitars and eyeliner and you have The Pretty Reckless. The song revels in the rock tradition of pushing buttons with inflammatory remarks like "you make me wanna steal." Although this single certainly won't get any awards for role model of the year, it does show off the band's ability to supply a searing blast of dark, decadent rock.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about healthy ways to handle relationships. Do you need to go to extremes to keep someone's love? Or is it more important to be secure in yourself rather than seeking the approval of another?

  • Talk about Taylor Momsen. Do you think she is a good role model for teens? Is her image too racy or risky for younger kids? What about other Gossip Girl stars?

  • Talk about movie soundtracks. Have you ever be allowed to listen to a movie's soundtrack even though you couldn't see the film? Are soundtracks sometimes more appropriate than the movies they are tied to? Can the soundtracks also carry mature messages that reinforce the movie's themes? Do popular soundtracks sometimes market inappropriate movies?

Music details

Artist:The Pretty Reckless
Release date:March 30, 2010
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written bytaymomsenfan March 26, 2011
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13
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good for teens not for kids!

love this song!
very well written and taylor's vocals are AMAZING!
i just wouldn't advise 11 year olds and under to tune in to any of the pretty reckless music.
probably none of them probably wouldn't get it anyway!

Teen, 13 years old Written bynicole8808 October 9, 2011
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Talented singer, amazing song

You know what I think? I think that kids of today NEED to be exposed to real music. Therefore, I think everyone should hear the Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen has talent that hasn't been squashed or autotuned, and even though she maybe isn't the best role model, she's definitely fearless and she does what she wants, which is admirable in its own way.

Teen, 17 years old Written bySynchronicity March 11, 2011
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14
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Great single from the best female-fronted grunge band since Hole - but NOT for kids

In this age of Autotune, where every other song is about dancing at a club, having unprotected sex, or drinking copious amounts of alcohol - or even all three - The Pretty Reckless are downright refreshing. At first, I couldn't believe that one of the lead actresses in Gossip Girl, Taylor Momsen, could lead a full-out grunge band. But I sucked it up, and I've ended up loving their music. A lot. On "Make Me Wanna Die", from the soundtrack to the exceptional film Kick-A**, as well as their album Light Me Up, the band starts with a reverse keyboard riff, then adds screeching guitars and a thrilling synthesized backbeat. And just a few seconds later, Taylor starts singing, and she does so extremely well, with a voice that echoes Courtney Love, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin and Joan Jett - all at the same time. The dark lyrics and hard-hitting production create an amazing single that would shoot up the charts in a perfect Ke$ha/Katy Perry/Britney Spears-free world. It already did in the UK, but no matter. It's just that The Pretty Reckless are one of the most amazing bands to come in quite some time. However, "Make Me Wanna Die" is a pretty iffy choice for most younger teens. It's at the receiving end of a destructive relationship, and the title gives away all you need to know about that. Overall, well, I don't have much else to say other than the fact that this song and album are the best to come along in years. Give this one a listen!

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