Music / Hollywood Undead

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"Everywhere I go, bitches always know, that Charlie Scene has got a weenie that he loves to show."

Chorus from "Everywhere I Go".

"I think I've lost my mind, but I'm feeling so alive what a pity, it's so pretty, looking through the bars and I see my city."

Danny singing the chorus from "Usual Suspects".

Considered by many to be fairly polarizing, Hollywood Undead got their start writing rap songs about Emo Teens and posting them on MySpace. After gaining a following, the band's founders decided to officially form a band with anyone who happened to be in the room at the time, no, seriously. The band was the first act signed to MySpace Records, then switched over to A&M/Octone Records, where they released their first album, Swan Songs, in 2008, which had a mostly Hip-Hop-oriented sound with a few rock songs. This was followed by a live album mostly consisting of songs from their debut and a few covers (including Led Zeppelin and Mötley Crüe).

After a long hiatus (partly caused by one of the founding members leaving the band), they released their second studio LP, American Tragedy, which featured a more rock-oriented sound. Critics and fans alike assert that the album is their best album to date, and it has done really well on Billboard charts (hitting #4 on the Billboard 200).

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Members:
  • Jordon Terrell/Charlie Scene (vocalist, lead guitarist): He primarily takes part in party tracks, though he also does serious tracks as well. Unlike the others, his masks are bandanas, usually displaying his name.
  • Daniel Murillo/Danny (vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist): He's a singer, and as such he never raps, usually doing choruses and bridges. His masks are usually plain faces that feature a cross over the eyes, and before Five, were all colored gold.
  • Dylan Alvarez/Funny Man (vocalist): He's usually found in party-oriented tracks. His masks are usually a solid color (before Five, black) with a symbol featured. Some of his masks are also made of fabric or mesh.
  • Jorel Decker/J-Dog (bassist, rapper): He favors the more serious songs. His masks feature blood dripping from the eye sockets and either a dollar or symbol of currency over the mouth of the mask.
  • George Ragan/Johnny 3 Tears (vocalist, bassist): He does both party tracks and serious tracks rather equally. His masks prominently feature butterflies and the number 3.

Touring Members:
  • Matt Oloffson (touring drummer)

Past members:
  • Aron Erlichman/Deuce (vocalist, bassist, keyboardist): Most prominently did clean vocals but would also rap. His only mask with the bad was silver with blow on the cheek and pink duck tape over the mouth. During his solo career, he would wear this mask along with many others.
  • Matthew Busek/Da Kurlzz (vocalist, percussion): Generally provided screaming and other unclean vocals, but would occasionally rap. While he was with the band, his masks were generally a face split in half, with one half smiling and the other frowning.
  • Glendon "Biscuitz" Crain (touring drummer)
  • Daren Pfeifer (touring drummer)
  • Tyler Mahurin (touring drummer)


Provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aerith and Bob: Due to all of them adopting a stage name except one, the current lineup is Charlie Scene, Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Funny Man, Da Kurlzz, and Danny.
  • A God Am I: Johnny 3 Tears in Undead.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Used slightly at the end of Charlie Scene's verse in "Dark Places".
    "And I can't stop saying dick, dick, dick and then cock,
    hic-a-dickery-dick-a-dick-a-dickery-dock."
  • All Men Are Perverts: A lot of their songs are about this, most notably, Charlie Scene's antics.
  • Auto-Tune: Used frequently on Swan Songs. Slightly less on American Tragedy, but it's still noticeable.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Johnny 3 Tears.
  • Badass Baritone: Johnny 3 Tears and especially Funny Man. The latter of which is lamp shaded in some songs.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Their song about spiraling into depression and alcoholism has the line, "I haven't shaved in a week".
  • The Blank: Danny's album 4 mask invokes this, in strong contrast to his previous ones.
  • Boastful Rap: A lot, although it has to be said that from American Tragedy onwards, there is considerable more intentional irony inserted into these kinds of songs.
  • Call-Back: Several subtle ones to previous songs and some not so subtle.
  • Characterization Marches On: Their masks are updated every album and have gone through quite the evolution since Swan Songs. The most explicit changes have occurred for Da Kurlz and J-Dog's masks. Danny's Day of the Dead mask as well.
  • Cool Mask
  • Continuity Porn: The video for their song "Gravity" is filled with this if you've been a fan from the very beginning.
  • Cover Version: Shout At The Devil, Immigrant Song, and Operation Ivy's "Bad Town".
  • Crunkcore: Mostly their earlier and unreleased material.
  • Darker and Edgier: American Tragedy, which significantly reduced the number of party songs and focused on more serious topics, and had a more rock-oriented production style with less obvious electronic influences.
    • Notes From the Underground is an even better example for only having ONE straight forward party song.
  • Demoted to Extra: Da Kurlzz doesn't get any lines in the entirety of Day of the Dead.
  • Dirty Rap: "How We Roll" briefly touches on this.
    Get some, yeah get your dick sucked
    I'm blazing a quick one in the back of strip club
    Our victim, forced into a sixsm
    And ain't nobody leaving until all of our dicks cum
  • Dissimile: For those of you who are not aware of the slang term "down with the dick" (which is not on Urban Dictionary but apparently means a female who loves to sleep around), this band's use of the line may introduce another image into the listener's head. It doesn't help that Hollywood Undead once collaborated with another MySpace celebrity, Jeffree Star.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Daniel Murillo is the only one who goes by their real first name.
  • Dressing to Die: The suicidal protagonist of "Bullet" references this.
    "I've never bought a suit before in my life but when you go to meet God you know you want to look nice."
  • Gas Mask Long Coat: Invoked with J-Dog's Notes From the Underground mask.
  • I Am the Band: If you want to get really technical, J-Dog is the only official member left. The band was formed in 2005 as a duo between J-Dog and Deuce, the latter having since been kicked out. However, the band more-or-less officially formed when they invited their friends over to join, making it a complete band, downplaying this trope.
  • Kids Rock: "Young"
  • Kill 'em All: "Kill Everyone"um....yeah.
  • Let's Duet: Some songs are done entirely between two members, having this effect. "Party by Myself" for example, is a duet between Charlie Scene and Funny Man.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The entirety of "Everywhere I Go" is about this:
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Bullet" is an extremely cheerful little Ear Worm about repeated, determined suicide attempts.
    • If I survive, then I'll see you tomorrow, yeah I'll see you tomorrow...
    • "I'll Be There", likewise is very upbeat and almost sounds like something Imagine Dragons would make, but the lyrics cover the very serious subject of life and death.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Averted. As noted in multiple reviews, their masks and music are not at all menacing. One mask has a butterfly on it. Really.
    • Some even refer to them as the boy band version of Slipknot.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Goes after the mainstream, even though they've gained a lot of their fame through one corporation and are now signed to a major label.
    • The video for their single "Been To Hell" is a vicious Take That! at the so-called Hollywood Dream.
  • Metal Scream: Have utilized this many times.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 7 or 8, you decide. But most likely an 8.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Kill Everyone" comes immediately after "Rain" in the tracklisting for Notes from the Underground.
    • Generally speaking, their songs are often divided into "party" tracks and "serious" tracks (though their earlier material was mostly the former). It's a bit jarring to go from one song about partying to one that deals with dark themes about life. Day of the Dead for instance, features "Party By Myself" followed by "Live Forever".
  • MySpace: First gained steam there.
  • Not Christian Rock: Danny. The only way you'd be able to tell he's even religious is the cross on his album 2 mask.
  • Ode to Intoxication: Many songs, particularly their party-oriented tracks, contain many references to smoking weed.
  • The Pete Best: Shady Jeff, who left before the first album because both he and the band agreed he wasn't really doing much. The only things anyone remembers about him are a segment on "Scene for Dummies", the screaming on "Knife Called Lust", and the fact that he pulled a gun on Deuce once because he refused to leave his house when asked.
  • Pretty Fly (For a White Guy): Some of their material exhibits this.
  • Put on a Bus: Deuce.
  • Rap Metal
  • Refrain from Assuming: A kind of weird example. The song that has "This love, this hate is burning me away" as its chorus? That's Knife Called Lust. The song that uses the line for its bridge is This Love, This Hate.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Deuce did this for a few of his solo songs:
    • "Nine Lives" is just "Undead" with all the rap parts done by Deuce instead.
    • "When We Ride" is "Dead in Ditches" with the verses rewritten to be attacks on the Undead.
    • "America" has the same structure in the chorus as "Young"
  • Sequel Song: "Street Dreams" is considered one to "City" by some fans.
  • Shout-Out: To Bob Saget, Ashton Kutcher, Tila Tequila and Tom.
    Paris Hilton said "That's hot" when she saw my cock.
  • Stealth Parody: ALL of their Crunkcore stuff should be taken tongue in cheek.
    • "War Child" is meant to mock the vulgar, nonsensical, and electronic music you'd hear at College parties or clubs.
  • The Stoner: Funny Man. It's un clear if there's ever been an interview he hasn't shown up to absolutely blazed.
  • Take That!: The chorus, as well as J-Dog's part in "Dark Places" alludes to the struggles the band had with the music industry between Notes From the Underground and Day of the Dead.
    • The entire purpose of "Lights Out" is to be huge one against Deuce for trying to get under the bands skin after he left.
      • The majority of Deuce's solo work is a more or less straight-forward Take That against his former bandmates with a wide majority of examples from "Story of a Snitch" and "Gravestone" to "Bad Attitude" and "Nightmare".
  • Teeny Weenie: The ending of the video for "Everywhere I Go".
  • Theme Naming: Deuce and his sister (also his solo band's keyboard player) are called Aron and Arina Elrichman.
  • Title Drop: In American Tragedy the song Been to Hell features this line
    ''I'm the reason you came here, I'm the American tragedy.
  • Unknown Rival: Deuce to the band these days. First he claimed they jumped him outside a club, to which they flatly refused to respond, then after he sent Kurlzz and J 3 T an implied threat on twitter in May 2015, Kurlzz responded by tweeting "Did someone say something? Didn't think so. Back to it."
  • Vocal Dissonance: "War Child" is both about and sounds like nothing you think the title suggests.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Every member contributes.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: While they're a rap rock band that rarely ever features guest vocals, something of this effect was done in "Believe". It's a song that's sung almost entirely by Danny, except for two wild rap verses from Johnny 3 Tears and J-Dog in the middle and end.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Attitudes with Deuce, obviously.
  • Wrongfully Attributed: Many people think that the lines right before the chorus in "Kill Everyone", Don't even try and take this weapon from me, I like you more and more the less that you breathe, are sung by Danny but its really Charlie Scene using a high pitched voice.


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