Death Of A Bachelor

Album: Death Of A Bachelor (2015)
Charted: 92

Songfacts®:

  • This song channels Frank Sinatra, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2015. Panic! At The Disco mainman Brendon Urie posted on his Instagram in reference to the song's release.

    "I attach his music to so many memories: opening presents on Christmas day, my grandparents teaching the rest of the family to swing dance, watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit with my siblings (Sinatra makes a cameo in the form of a cartoon sword singing 'Witchcraft')."

    "His music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward. I wrote a new album this year and even in the few songs that don't sound remotely similar to any of his music I still felt his influence in the writing and the need to relate so personally to each song."
  • Speaking to Pete Wentz, who was hosting Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, Urie half-jokingly said of the song: "It's like if Sinatra and Beyoncé made a song together. It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy."

    Urie expanded on his jokey declaration that the song is a mash-up of Sinatra and Beyoncé. "I wrote the song actually trying to make a Sinatra song ...and then I hit this wall, just writing-wise, where I was getting so frustrated," he explained to The Associated Press. "So I took a break from it and went back to this beat I had worked on like months before and it kind of had this 'Drunk In Love,' Beyoncé-kind of feel. It was just like a happy accident."
  • Brendon Urie got married to Sarah Orzechowski in 2013 and this song also serves as a kiss-off to the single life. "'Death Of A Bachelor' is very important to me," he wrote. "It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased. An It's A Wonderful Life-esque look into a possibly different future. But mostly an appreciation for the present."
  • Urie wrote this song with his producer, Jake Sinclair, and with Lauren Pritchard, who performs as Lolo. The Death Of A Bachelor marked the beginning of Panic! as a Brendon Urie solo project, so Urie played all the instruments on the track except the horns.
  • Urie explained to Pete Wentz the background to this song, which details giving up his single life. "You kinda find this person that you connect with and you can kind of throw away your history," he said. "You don't want to just forget about it. You just don't need to look back. You don't regret anything from the past. You don't have any want to go back to a life of being a bachelor."

    "You know I met my wife Sarah and I was just like, this is it," Urie added. "I figured out that this is the happiest that I've ever been."
  • Urie addresses the fact that music fans seem to prefer single celebrities. "You're a rock star. You should be this single dude that goes around and sleeps with a bunch of girls," he said. "That's not really me, you know. This was just my voice, telling exactly how I felt at that time."
  • Death Of A Bachelor became Panic! At The Disco's first #1 album in the States after selling the equivalent of 190,000 units in its first week. The LP surpassed the band's previous best #2 position in the US Billboard Chart, which Pretty.Odd achieved in March 2008.

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