For Lack of a Better Name

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For Lack of a Better Name
Studio album by deadmau5
Released September 22, 2009 (United States) October 5, 2009 (global)
Recorded 2008–09
Genre Progressive house
Length 65:52
Label Mau5trap Recordings
Virgin Records
Ultra Records
Producer Joel Zimmerman for and on behalf of the Three Six Zero Group
deadmau5 chronology
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For Lack of a Better Name
Singles from For Lack of a Better Name
  1. "Hi Friend!"
    Released: August 18, 2008
  2. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
    Released: November 24, 2008
  3. "Word Problems"
    Released: March 2009
  4. "Bot"
    Released: March 2009
  5. "Lack of a Better Name"
    Released: July 28, 2009
  6. "Strobe"
    Released: February 23, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
BBC Favourable [2]
CHARTattack 3.5/5 stars [3]
The Independent Unfavourable [4]
The Observer Favourable [5]
The Times 3/5 stars [6]

For Lack of a Better Name is the fourth studio album by Canadian house producer deadmau5. Deadmau5 collaborates with MC Flipside on "Hi Friend!", and with Pendulum's Rob Swire on "Ghosts 'n' Stuff". The album was released on September 22, 2009 in the United States and was released globally on October 5, 2009. Digital copies via Beatport, and the iTunes Store were released in a variety of countries on September 22 with the physical release. The album also contains the critically acclaimed song "Strobe".

A video for the song "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was released in August 2009.

"Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff" contains a voice sample from the film The Brain from Planet Arous; "After I'm gone, your Earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence, as one of my satellites, and that's how it's going to be...". It also contains a sample from the familiar funeral march by Chopin.

An unmixed version, called For Lack of a Better Name: The Extended Mixes was released on October 20, 2009. This version uses the extended version of Ghosts n Stuff and also uses the original mix of Moar Ghosts N Stuff which excludes the voice sample.

"Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was featured on a promo for the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance.

"FML" and "Hi Friend!" are featured on Gossip Girl where deadmau5 appeared as himself.

"Strobe", as well as the track "Cthulhu Sleeps" (from 4×4=12), also went on to appear in an episode of Epic Meal Time, in which deadmau5 also starred.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "FML"   6:35
2. "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff"   4:30
3. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" (featuring Rob Swire) 3:15
4. "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside) 5:15
5. "Bot"   5:22
6. "Word Problems"   7:48
7. "Soma"   6:07
8. "Lack of a Better Name"   6:58
9. "The 16th Hour"   9:29
10. "Strobe"   10:37
Total length:

The Extended Mixes[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "FML"   7:00
2. "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff"   4:57
3. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" (featuring Rob Swire) 5:28
4. "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside) 6:32
5. "Bot"   6:33
6. "Word Problems"   8:29
7. "Soma"   7:53
8. "Lack of a Better Name"   8:14
9. "The 16th Hour"   9:52
10. "Strobe"   10:33

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Carino, Paula. "allmusic ((( For Lack of a Better Name – Deadmau5 > Review )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ Diver, Mike (2009-10-09). "Review of deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  3. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (2009-09-24). "Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". Chart. Chart Communication. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  4. ^ Price, Simon (2009-10-04). "Album: Deadmau5, For Lack of a Better Name (Virgin)". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  5. ^ Empire, Kitty (2009-10-04). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Observer (London, England: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  6. ^ Potton, Ed (2009-10-03). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Times (Wapping, London). Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  7. ^ "For Lack Of A Better Name (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)". Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "For Lack of a Better Name (Bonus Track Version)". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  9. ^ " – Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". Australian Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  10. ^ "Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". α Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats – Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  12. ^ "For Lack of a Better Name – Deadmau5". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Phonographic Industry. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.  Enter For Lack of a Better Name in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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