Black Dahlia is the sixth single released by Hollywood Undead from their debut album, Swan Songs. The release of this single spawned the remix album, Black Dahlia Remixes, which was released on the same day as the single.
J-Dog explained to Artist Direct why the band wrote a song about a girl who was brutally murdered and cut up: "Anybody who has ever been in a relationship and gone through some fucked up shit - like we all have - sometimes wants to kill the other person in the worst way possible. People are just scared to say it. So we did a song about how everyone really feels but doesn't want to say."
He also touched upon the song in an interview with Artist Direct. He stated, "Black Dahlia" is obviously an old Hollywood tale. It's about a girl who was brutally murdered and cut up. Anybody who has ever been in a relationship and gone through some fucked up shit—like we all have—sometimes wants to kill the other person in the worst way possible. People are just scared to say it. So we did a song about how everyone really feels but doesn't want to say.
Johnny 3 Tears also spoke with Artist Direct about the song. "For us, I know why we wrote the song. It's based on our own situations with that. It's that classic story. You like someone so much, and then they leave and you feel like you could kill them. J-Dog titled the song. He's fascinated with old Hollywood. He does a magazine called Hollywood Land. He's studied how Hollywood developed into what it is. I don't even know what a Dahlia is. That's an emotion a relationship can bring out. I've never felt like stabbing someone's eyes out until I went through that experience. We just made it as graphic and real as possible. It's a real love song. "
J-Dog and Johnny chose Black Dahlia as one of five essential Hollywood Undead songs in 2017 mainly because how personal it is to them. They were living together, felt depressed and had little to no money. They had to take turns of eating when they recorded their verses.
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