Ghosts 'n' Stuff

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"Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
Deadmau5 and Rob Swire - Ghosts N Stuff cover art.jpg
Cover art for the version featuring Rob Swire
Single by Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire
from the album For Lack of a Better Name
  • "Peddler of Misery"
  • "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
ReleasedOctober 27, 2008 (2008-10-27)
Recorded2004; 2008–09
  • 6:10 (original mix)
  • 5:27 (album version)
Producer(s)Joel Zimmerman
Deadmau5 singles chronology
"I Remember"
"Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
"I Remember"
Ghosts 'n' Stuff
Music video
Ghosts 'n' Stuff on YouTube

"Ghosts 'n' Stuff" is a song by Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5 featuring vocals by Australian singer Rob Swire. Its instrumental was released as a single on October 27, 2008, and re-released with vocals on September 27, 2009. The latter was featured on Deadmau5's fourth studio album For Lack of a Better Name. As of 2016, the song has been a part of Pendulum's live setlist.[1][2]


The original version of "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was made in 2004, and Joel Zimmerman has stated that it "ended up going through at least 10 revisions".[3] Zimmerman and Rob Swire had been coincidentally meeting each other backstage at various festivals and agreed to collaborate.[4] The song was made originally specifically for Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 Essential Selection show on 10 October 2008.[5] Deadmau5 was a guest on the show along with Steve Angello (the two, with Tong, were playing a live set in Manchester, England on that night). Deadmau5 debuted the song to a live audience at the HARD Haunted Mansion 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.[6]

The "hard intro" version of one B-side of the single, "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff" (which appears on the mixed version of For Lack of a Better Name) contains a vocal sample from the 1957 film The Brain from Planet Arous. It also samples the funeral march by Chopin. The unmixed version released on 20 October 2009 replaces this version with the original mix, which excludes the vocal sample and the funeral march intro.

Music video[edit]

A still from the music video

A music video promoting the single was released in August 2009 and was directed by Colin O'Toole. It was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The video begins with Joel Zimmerman being rushed into a hospital, before dying within minutes of arrival. He is then revived as a ghost, and attempts to pass through the walls but cannot. He leaves the hospital and wanders around town, getting a tattoo of a Space Invader alien and running into a gang of other ghosts. After an unpleasant trip to a restaurant and a laundromat, Joel attends a rave with several people also dressed in costumes. At the party, someone wearing a Mau5head pulls the white sheet off, as Joel is revived back in the hospital. He finds the Space Invader tattoo which he got as a ghost remaining on his neck.

The music video was uploaded to Ultra Music's YouTube channel on August 19, 2009, and has since acquired over 50 million views.[7]


The song's instrumental was released as a single through Mau5trap and Ultra on October 27, 2008, as a digital download single and 12" vinyl with its B-side "Peddler of Misery".[8] The vocal edit featuring Rob Swire was released as a digital download single and EP on September 27, 2009. Another vinyl version was released in 2009, with the original instrumental mix and "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff".[9]

The song peaked at number 12 in the United Kingdom on the UK Singles Chart week beginning 4 October 2009. It also placed at number 96 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2009. In the United States, "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" received exposure from use in TV shows such as America's Best Dance Crew and heavy radio airplay. In the May 15, 2010 issue of Billboard, the track reached number one on the magazine's Hot Dance Airplay chart after 24 weeks of charting, thus making the single the longest climb to number one ever on the chart, as well as the first single to reach the top spot after it had dropped off, then returned to the chart.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[10]
1."Ghosts 'n' Stuff"6:10


Chart (2009–10) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 53
Canadian Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[14] 56
European Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[14] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 12
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[16] 2
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[17] 1
US Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (Billboard)[14] 6
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[14] 24
US Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (Billboard)[14] 24


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 3× Platinum 240,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 300,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Sachs, Elliot (2016-03-20). "Watch Pendulum Bring Out Deadmau5 For Epic Ultra 2016 Finale [Video]". Your EDM. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  2. ^ pendulumlive (2016-03-23), Pendulum / Knife Party Headline Set Ultra, 2016, retrieved 2017-07-04
  3. ^ "old ghosts". SoundCloud (via Internet Archive). Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Ghosts N Stuff Songfacts
  5. ^ "Deadmau5 @ Radio 1's Essential Mix - BBC Radio 1 2009". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ deadmau5. "Ghosts N Stuff (Hard Intro Version)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts N Stuff". YouTube. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Ghosts 'n' Stuff / Peddler of Misery". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  9. ^ a b "Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire – Ghosts 'N' Stuff (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  10. ^ "Ghosts N Stuff - Single by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  11. ^ "Ghosts 'n' Stuff (feat. Rob Swire) - EP by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  12. ^ "Ghosts 'n' Stuff (feat. Rob Swire) - Single by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  13. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Deadmau5". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  17. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – deadmau5 – Ghosts 'n' Stuff". Music Canada.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – deadmau5 ft Rob Swire – Ghosts 'n' Stuff". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Ghosts 'n' Stuff in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire – Ghosts 'n' Stuff". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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