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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".

Hollywood Undead are a Nu Metal/Rap Metal band from Los Angeles. The band 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).

In 2017, Da Kurlzz left Hollywood Undead. Unlike Deuce’s departure, Kurlzz’s departure from the band was more amicable.

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  • Swan Songs (2008)

  • American Tragedy (2011)

  • Notes from the Underground (2013)

  • Day of the Dead (2015)

  • V (2017)

  • Psalms (2018) (EP)

  • New Empire Vol 1/New Empire Vol 2 (2020)

  • Hotel Kalifornia (2022)


  • 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 and unclean vocals but would also rap. His only mask with the band was silver with blue 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)

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  • 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, and Danny.
  • A God Am I: Johnny 3 Tears in Undead. Also lampshaded in We Are.
    ”You can see God when I take my mask off!”
  • 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,
  • All Men Are Perverts: A lot of their songs are about this, most notably, Charlie Scene's antics.
  • Arc Number: Five for, well, Five.
  • Auto-Tune: Used frequently on Swan Songs. Slightly less on American Tragedy, but it's still noticeable.
    • “Empire” uses some Auto-Tune.
  • Beard of Sorrow: “The Diary” from Swan Songs, which is about spiraling into depression and alcoholism has the line, "I haven't shaved in a week".
  • The Big Guy: Johnny 3 Tears.
  • The Blank: Danny's Day of the Dead 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 Kurlzz and J-Dog's masks. Danny's Day of the Dead mask as well.
  • Chronological Album Title: Five, stylized as V.
  • Cool Mask
  • Cool Shades: Most of the band members have worn sunglasses many times.
  • 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.
    • New Empire Vol 1 takes this trope even further, even in the only two non-rock tracks the party vibe is abandoned in favor of cloud/grime.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically all five of them. Danny is the least sarcastic but he also has his moments.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The “Gravity” music video is entirely in black and white.
  • 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 sixsome
    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.
  • Drivento Suicide: The subject of “Bullet”.
  • 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."
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: First started out okay during the Five era, gradually got cranked up, and well… take a quick look at the “Already Dead” music video. At least “Empire” toned down the effects, but still is present.
  • Epic Rocking: On “American Tragedy Redux“, the Digital Dog club remix for “Levitate” clocks at 7:15 minutes long.
    • On the same album, the remix for Apologize is 7:37 minutes long.
  • Face on the Cover: the covers for Swan Songs, American Tragedy, and Day of the Dead.
  • Gas Mask Long Coat: Invoked with J-Dog's Notes From the Underground mask.
  • Grief Song: “The Loss” and “Circles”, both from Swan Songs.
  • Guyliner: Both J-Dog and Johnny wear eyeliner in the music video for Idol.
  • Hellish L.A.: A whole lot of their songs are about how Los Angeles chews up and spits out everybody who tries to make it there, luring them in with false promises of glamour before destroying them, unless they're willing to sell their souls to get ahead. "California Dreaming" is even linked at the top of that trope's page to serve as a soundtrack for it.
  • Hunk: Johnny 3 Tears.
  • 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.
  • "I Hate" Song: "Kill Everyone" is an angry song about feeling so angry you could kill everyone around you.
  • In Da Club: The music video for the remix of “Levitate”, except the only band member who is actually present in the club is Danny.
  • Intercourse with You: Subtle example with the chorus of “Levitate”.
    You know, I can take you straight to heaven if you let me. You know, I, I can make your body levitate if you let me!
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "Dead Bite" has "Good night, sleep tight, don't let the dead bite" sprinkled throughout the song, adding later "Wrap a wrap around your head and watch you as you take flight."
  • Kids Rock: "Young"
  • Last Note Hilarity: “Bottle and a Gun” has Da Kurlzz ending the song with “BITCH! WHAT MOTHERFUCKER?!” then proceeding to laugh with the other members.
    • The end of “El Urgencia” has this beautiful line from Charlie.
  • 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.
  • Live Album: “Desperate Measures.” It has live songs, three covers, and three new songs.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The entirety of "Everywhere I Go" is about this:
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Bullet" is an extremely cheerful little tune about repeated, determined suicide attempts.
    • If I survive, then I'll see you tomorrow, yeah I'll see you tomorrow...
    • ”Pour Me” is pretty bright and cheery sounding, but happens to be about an alcoholic.
    • "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.
  • Metal Scream: Have utilized this many times.
  • 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".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Danny spends his time in the “Empire” music video shirtless and wearing a leather jacket.
  • Non-Appearing Title: “No. 5”, “The Natives”, and “The Loss” from Swan Songs. “Tendencies”, “Le Deux”, “Mother Murder”, and “S.C.A.V.A” from American Tragedy. “Pigskin” from Notes from the Underground. “Usual Suspects” from Day of the Dead.
  • Ode to Intoxication: Many songs, particularly their party-oriented tracks, contain many references to smoking weed.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Especially in their early albums, exhibits this trope all over their music with the over-the-top way they act and their use of the word "gangsta". In an interesting example of a Zigzagged Trope, some of the band members fit the surburban wannabe stereotype, while others come from impoverished and crime ridden neighborhoods.
  • Put on a Bus: Deuce.
  • The Quiet One: Danny.
  • Rap Metal
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Johnny 3 Tears often has butterflies on his masks and even has butterfly tattoos.
  • Remix Album: American Tragedy Redux.
  • Sampling: “Undead” samples Crazy Train.
  • 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"
    • "Invincible", "Bad Attitude", "Thank You", "Talking About You" and "Bleed" are built around the very same chord progression.
  • Self-Titled Album: Originally, Hollywood Undead’s first album was gonna be this, until they scrapped it and replaced it with “Swan Songs.”
  • Sequel Song: "Street Dreams" is considered one to "City" by some fans.
    • Some consider ”I’ll Be There” the sequel to “Bullet.”
  • Singer Name Drop: Charlie has dropped a reference to his stage name in some songs. Johnny 3 Tears has done the same. There’s quite a bit of name dropping in “How We Roll.”
    Charlie: “Oh shit! Yeah here comes Johnny, he’s popping a wheelie on his fucking Ducati.”
    Johnny: “Oh no, yeah here comes Charlie. Mad dogging shirtless on the back of a Harley.”
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: All members in the “Dead Bite“ music video.
  • Shout-Out: To Bob Saget, Ashton Kutcher, Tila Tequila and Tom.
    Paris Hilton said "That's hot" when she saw my cock.
  • Soiled City on a Hill: "City" is a song about setting the world on fire because it's just too corrupt to salvage much from it.
  • 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 unclear if there's ever been an interview he hasn't shown up to absolutely blazed.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: “Sing” from the Best Buy version of Day of the Dead.
  • 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 video for their single "Been To Hell" is a vicious Take That! at the so-called Hollywood Dream.
    • 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".
  • Tears of Blood: Invoked with J-Dog’s masks, where it sometimes looks like a red liquid is flowing out of the eye holes. It’s most prominent in his Swan Songs and Day of the Dead masks.
  • 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.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: J-Dog almost namedrops this in "Coming Back Down".
    ”But now I do understand, that you were too good for this world so you left it.”
  • 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.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: From “How We Roll”, Johnny says “our victim, forced into a sixsome”… Except technically speaking, that would be a sevensome. As a result that line sounds rather…
  • 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.