Desperate Measures

Background

The first hints of a live DVD came out of a contest held in late 2009 by the band’s management.  Lucky winners would get the chance to attend shows in either Albuquerque, New Mexico or Tempe, Arizona where Hollywood Undead would be filming something special. The candidate shows ended up being the last two dates of the TCB (Take Care of Business) Tour, and the assembled footage would culminate in the very first (and as of this writing, only) DVD of a live Hollywood Undead performance. The final version of the live DVD spliced footage of the two performances together, with intermission segments featuring band interviews and cameramen following the band members around venues before their performances.

Around the same time, A&M/Octone, the band’s primary record label in major regions requested that the band record new music to be included as part of a 2-disc release at retail and digital bundle for e-tailers like iTunes. The lead track, “Dove and Grenade”, was released exclusively on the band’s MySpace for streaming. The track featured the band reuniting with famed producer and Swan Songs alumni, Danny Lohner, and features an instrumental from Puscifer’s “The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)”, released in 2006 as part of the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack.

All was not calm in the house of Undead however, as hints of founding member Deuce’s separation from the band stem from the recording notes of this “Dove and Grenade” and the rest of the compilation’s contents. While the rest of the band laid down vocals at Danny Lohner’s studio, Castle Renholder, Deuce recorded his vocals elsewhere in his own studio. A second new song was recorded, entitled “El Urgencia” , featuring no collaboration on Deuce’s part, with Charlie and J-Dog instead taking the reigns for the chorus. The DVD footage ends with a final interview question for Deuce, with him declining the idea of recording any covers, instead preferring to work on new music. In retrospect, this final clip heavily foreshadows the growing rift between he and the rest of the band.

The final CD also included three covers of band-favorite songs, with Deuce conspicuously absent from all of them. The remainder of the CD was padded out with a rock remix of “Everywhere I Go”, with additional production by Danny Lohner to make the track more rock-radio friendly, and live versions of Swan Songs tracks with audio captured from the two shows. The cover art itself, featuring the band assembled before a stylistic American flag background, is actually an edited image of a group photo of the band from earlier in the year. When approached about the subject in 2015, J-Dog commented that the entire compilation was assembled under “heavy label pressure”. Between low budget graphical design, label directives, and the rag-tag collection of music present on the CD, it’s no wonder the collection was dubbed Desperate Measures.

Desperate Measures: Hollywood Undead

Release Information

Record Label: A&M/Octone Records
Release Date: November 09, 2009
Produced by Danny Lohner, Deuce, Don Gilmore
Mixed by Danny Lohner, Ben Grosse, Kevin Shirley, Jon Kaplan
Formats: CD, Digital Download, Vinyl
Length: 

PURCHASE

DIGITAL
 iTunes / Google Play / Amazon / Qobuz* / TIDAL*
* - Lossless format available
CD / Vinyl
Amazon / Best Buy

Tracklisting

# Title Produced by Length
01 Dove and Grenade Danny Lohner 02:54
02 Tear It Up Deuce 03:14
03 Shout At the Devil Danny Lohner 03:20
04 Immigrant Song Danny Lohner 02:40
05 Bad Town Danny Lohner 02:44
06 El Urgencia Danny Lohner 03:44
07 Everywhere I Go (Castle Renholdёr Mix) Don Gilmore 03:30
08 Undead (Live) 04:48
09 Sell Your Soul (Live) 03:23
10 California (Live) 03:20
11 Black Dahlia (Live) 03:55
12 Everywhere I Go (Live) 03:44
13 No. 5 (Live) 03:29
iTunes Deluxe Edition
14 City (Live) 03:26
15 Bottle And A Gun (Live) [Pre-Order Exclusive] 03:24

STREAM

PERSONNEL

Hollywood Undead

Johnny 3 Tears
J-Dog
Deuce
Charlie Scene
Funny Man
Da Kurlzz

Art Direction

Art Direction (Packaging) by Deadskinboy Design
Art Direction (DVD) by Roi Hernandez
Cover Concept by Roi Hernandez
Photography by Chapman Baehler, Sean Evans, Roi Hernandez

Management

Management: Jeff Peters & Mike Renault @ Maple Jam Music Group - MJMG, Los Angeles, CA
Business Management: Michael Oppenheim @ The GSO Group, Los Angeles, CA
Worldwide Agent: Michael Arfin @ Artist Group International, New York, NY
Attorney: Jeffrey Light @ Myman, Abell, Fineman, Fox, Greenspan & Light LLP, Los Angeles, CA
A&R: James Diener
Production Coordinator for A&M/Octone Records: Val Pensa
Production and Sound Coordinator for A&M/Octone Records: Yu-Ting Lin

Production / Technical

Danny Lohner - Production; Engineering; Unmixing ("Dove and Grenade", "Shout at the Devil", "Immigrant Song", "Bad Town", "El Urgencia"); Additional Production ("Everywhere I Go [Castle Renholdёr Mix]")
Don Gilmore - Production ("Everywhere I Go [Castle Renholdёr Mix]")
Aron Erlichman - Production; Engineering; Programming ("Tear It Up")
Ben Grosse - Mixing ("Tear It Up")
Kevin Shirley - Mixing ("Everywhere I Go [Castle Renholdёr Mix]")
Jon Kaplan - Mixing (Tracks 8-15)
Dave McNair - Mastering

Additional Musicians

Nikki Six - Bass Guitar on "Shout at the Devil"

ALTERNATE RELEASES

Desperate Measures (Edited)

Record Label: A&M/Octone
Release Date:
Formats: CD, Digital
Length: 

Notes:

American Tragedy (Deluxe Edition) [Explicit]

Record Label: A&M/Octone
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Formats: CD, Digital
Length: 

Notes: