Wake Up Dead

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"Wake Up Dead"
Single by Megadeth
from the album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Released December, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Thrash metal
Length 3:37
Label Capitol, Combat
Writer(s) Dave Mustaine
Producer(s) Dave Mustaine and Andy Somers
Megadeth singles chronology
"Wake Up Dead"
"Peace Sells"

"Wake Up Dead" is a song by American heavy metal band Megadeth. It the lead single from their second album, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986), and additionally the first single released by the band. The song has become a live staple, and is played at almost every Megadeth show. The single was produced with a recording budget of $27,000.[1]

It is about Mustaine fearing revenge from his girlfriend after he cheats on her. It describes him sneaking into his bedroom trying not to wake her up, because she will kill him while he is sleeping.[citation needed]

When guitarist Marty Friedman was auditioning for the band, he was asked to perform "Wake Up Dead".[citation needed]

The music video for this song features the band playing at a rock concert enclosed in a cage. As the video progresses, the fans go crazy and begin to jump around and climb the metal cage.

American melodic death metal band World Under Blood recorded a cover version for their debut album Tactical in 2011.

Track listing[edit]


7" Wake Up Dead

  1. "Wake Up Dead"
  2. "Good Mourning/Black Friday" (live)

12" Wake Up Dead [with Deth Certificate]

  1. "Wake Up Dead"
  2. "Good Mourning/Black Friday" (live)
  3. "Devil's Island" (live)

(Live tracks were recorded for the Tommy Vance Show on Radio One in London, in 1986)[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bashe, Philip (May 10, 1986). "Megaforce, Shrapnel, Combat In Spotlight Indie Labels". Billboard 99: 40. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Realms of Deth - Megadeth Singles". Megadeth.rockmetal.art.pl. Retrieved 2011-08-13.