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|Single by Hollywood Undead|
|from the album Swan Songs|
|Released||August 26, 2008|
|Genre||Nu metal, rap metal, alternative metal|
|Length||Album Edit: 4:25
Radio/Video Edit: 3:13
|Writer(s)||Robert John Daisley, Aron Erlichman (Deuce)|
|Hollywood Undead singles chronology|
The song peaked at #10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, #12 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and #4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. "Undead" was released as a 7" single in the United Kingdom on HMV with "Circles" as a second track.
During Super Bowl XLIII, a trailer aired for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra which featured "Undead". The song is also featured in the video game UFC 2009 Undisputed from THQ and is part of the soundtrack for Madden NFL 09. MMA fighter Josh Neer used this song as his entrance music during UFC 101. The song was used in the New York Knicks 2009-2010 intro video. The song was used in the NBC telecast of WrestleMania XXV, highlighting the match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Most recently, the song was used in a TV spot trailer for the 2011 remake film Conan the Barbarian. The song was also used for Shiima Xion during his run in the indy circuit.
In 2012, Deuce, former frontman of Hollywood Undead, remixed the song under the title "Nine Lives". This version consists of Deuce performing the original chorus, and Deuce yelling "Nine Lives", rather than "Undead". Deuce also sings over Johnny 3 Tears' verse making slight changes to some lines. This track was used for a promotional release for Deuce's debut solo album Nine Lives.
The main riff of the song is the same as that from "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, played on a synthesizer rather than a guitar and transposed into a different key. As with all songs from the band's debut, Deuce sings the chorus. Johnny 3 Tears screams "Undead!" at the beginning, during the chorus, and at the end, and raps the first and fourth verses. Charlie Scene raps the second verse, and J-Dog raps the third. The original version of the song was entitled "Out the Way" and featured additional lyrics during J-Dog's verse. These words were cut out on the final track due to it being a diss towards cross dressing musician Jeffree Star. However these lyrics are performed by the band at live shows.
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||12|
- Hollywood Undead
- Charlie Scene - vocals, lead guitar
- J-Dog – keyboards, synthesizer, rhythm guitar, vocals
- Deuce - clean vocals
- Da Kurlzz – drums, percussion, screams
- Johnny 3 Tears – vocals, screams
- Kenneth Bickel - drums
- Don Gilmore - executive producer, recording, programming
- Danny Lohner - producer
- Aron Erlichman - producer
- Ben Grosse - mixing