"Everywhere I go, bitches always know, that Charlie Scene has got a weenie that he loves to show."
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
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- Charlie Scene (guitarist/vocalist; he wears a white [sometimes black] bandana)
- Da Kurlzz (percussion/vocalist; his mask has the tragedy/comedy faces on it)
- Danny (vocalist; his mask is gold with a black cross over the left eye)
- Funny Man (vocalist; his mask is black with the initials FM on it)
- J-Dog (bassist/rapper; his mask is white with bloody eyes)
- Johnny 3 Tears (vocalist; his mask is blue and has butterflies and a 3 under one eye)
- Daren Pfeifer (touring drummer)
Provides examples of the following tropes:
- A God Am I: Johnny 3 Tears in Undead.
- 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.
- Beard of Sorrow: Their song about spiraling into depression and alcoholism has the line, "I haven't shaved in a week".
- Boastful Rap: A lot.
- Cool Mask
- 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.
- 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.
- Kids Rock: "Young"
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Odd Name Out: Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man, J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears, and... Danny.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Some of their material exhibits this.
- 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.
- Shout-Out: To Bob Saget, Ashton Kutcher, Tila Tequila and Tom.
- Signature Song: "Undead", which, ironically, is based on another signature song.
- Stealth Parody: ALL of their Crunkcore stuff should be taken tongue in cheek.
- The Stoner: Funny Man. It's un clear if there's ever been an interview he hasn't shown up to absolutely blazed.
- 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
- Vocal Tag Team: Every member contributes.