Dapper Cadaver (Soundtrack)

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Team Fortress 2
Official Soundtrack
  1. "Team Fortress 2 (Main Theme)"
  2. "Playing With Danger"
  3. "Rocket Jump Waltz"
  4. "The Art of War"
  5. "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet"
  6. "Right Behind You"
  7. "Petite Chou-Fleur"
  8. "Intruder Alert"
  9. "Drunken Pipe Bomb"
  10. "More Gun"
  11. "Haunted Fortress 2"
  12. "TF2 Saxxy 2011 Theme"
  13. "A Little Heart to Heart"
  14. "MEDIC!"
  15. "Archimedes"
  16. "Dreams of Cruelty"
  17. "The Calm"
  18. "ROBOTS!"
  19. "Dapper Cadaver"
  20. "Rise of the Living Bread"
  21. "Red Bread"
  22. "Three Days to Live"
  23. "Seduce Me!"
  24. "Stink Lines"
  25. "It Hates Me So Much"
  26. "Misfortune Teller"
  27. "Soldier of Dance"
  28. "RED Triumphs!"
  29. "BLU Triumphs!"
  30. "Yeti Park"
  31. "Saxton's Dilemma"
  32. "Mercenary Park"
  33. "Saluting the Fallen"

"Dapper Cadaver" is one of the song titles featured on the Team Fortress 2 Official Soundtrack, listed as track number nineteen. Added in the Love & War Update, it is a full version of the music heard in Expiration Date and is one of 33 main menu startup themes.



Key: D Minor
Time Signature: 3/4, 4/4
Tempo: 88.5 BPM
Length: 1:58
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Update: Love & War
Composer: Mike Morasky
Instrumentation: 2 horns, 4 trombones (3 tenors, 1 bass), tuba, piano/celesta/harpsichord, timpani, percussion, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass

Underscoring parts of Expiration Date, "Dapper Cadaver" is written similarly to a film score. It has a main theme, but the melody is closer to that of a thematic idea.

The track begins with the string section, lead by solo violin playing chromatic lines and accompanied by arco contrabass, pizzicato cello, viola, and violin, and glockenspiel filling gaps. Horns, trombones, and tuba enter to play a heavy, chromatic line to lead into the following section; a reprise of the beginning theme is played, with bass trombone and tuba added to emphasize pizzicato notes played by cello and contrabass. After a pause, timpani enters with low brass to heavily accent beats 1 and 3, strings play a strong arco melody, and violas play a 16th note ostinato outlining the chord structure. This continues until the end, where strings crescendo before dropping out to make space for a high violin sustain. Following that, a final hit is played by low strings, harpsichord, glockenspiel, and timpani on E.

Update history

June 19, 2014 Patch

  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date


  • The name of the song is a reference to Dapper Cadaver Monthly, the newspaper that the Spy was reading when the song played.