Undead (song)

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Single by Hollywood Undead
from the album Swan Songs
Released August 26, 2008
Format 7" single
Recorded 2008
Length Album Edit: 4:25
Radio/Video Edit: 3:13
Label Octone
Producer(s) Danny Lohner
Hollywood Undead singles chronology
"No. 5"
"No. 5"

"Undead" is a song by American rap rock band Hollywood Undead, the first track and first single from their debut full-length album, Swan Songs.


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.[1] "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.[2] 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.

For the 2011 - 2012 season, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League used the song for their pre-game player introductions.

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.[3] As with all songs from the band's debut, Deuce sings the chorus. Johnny 3 Tears prominently screams "Undead!" at the beginning and at the end with the other members, and raps the first and fourth verses. Charlie Scene raps the second verse, and J-Dog raps the third. The uncut version, in which J-Dog disses Jeffree Star, is rapped at live shows, but was cut from Swan Songs. Da Kurlzz screams with Deuce in the chorus, and provides backup shouts on Charlie Scene and J-Dog's verses.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010–2011) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[1] 12


Hollywood Undead
  • Josh Freese – drums
  • Ben Grosse – mixing
  • Billy Howerdel – additional engineering
  • Danny Lohner – engineering, programming


  1. ^ a b "Artist Chart History - Hollywood Undead". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Hayward, Andrew. "Madden NFL 09 Soundtrack Revealed". 1up.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "AllMusic song credits "Undead"". Retrieved 15 June 2009. 

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