SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s music video for the music “Chop Suey!” just lately surpassed one billion views on YouTube. It’s the first SYSTEM OF A DOWN observe to succeed in the milestone.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN joined a various and elite group of artists to surpass the one-billion mark, an inventory which incorporates NIRVANA‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Novemeber Rain”, QUEEN‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and LINKIN PARK‘s “Numb” and “In The Finish”.
“Chop Suey!” was the primary single from SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s second album, “Toxicity”. The only was launched in August 2001 and earned the band its first Grammy nomination in 2002 for “Finest Steel Efficiency.”
In a brand new interview with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe, SYSTEM singer Serj Tankian mirrored on the response to “Chop Suey!” when the music initially got here out. He mentioned (see video beneath): “‘Chop Suey!’ was launched a [week or two] earlier than September eleventh, 2001… And on September eleventh, when the entire planes crashing into the World Commerce Heart, that disaster occurred, our album was No. 1. And it felt like the entire world was exploding. And so they took our music off the radio, ‘Chop Suey!’. As a result of it had the phrase ‘suicide’ in it — ‘self-righteous suicide’ — everybody was calling us, going, ‘How did you guys know?’ and all these items. And we’re all weirded out, attempting to determine what the hell is occurring. In the meantime, we go on tour, ‘trigger we had been booked to tour on ‘Toxicity’, the report, with ‘Chop Suey!’ as the only. And each day, I keep in mind these completely different [threat levels] — orange and crimson; the information principally saying the hazard alerts. And there is likely to be terrorist assaults elsewhere. It was a frightening time. So once I consider ‘Chop Suey!’, I can not consider how we truly sat within the studio and labored on it. I am considering of 9/11, happening tour, considering we would die any evening.”
Bassist Shavo Odadjian added: “The ‘Pledge Of Allegiance’ tour — that was the identify of the tour [we were about to go on]. So it appeared sort of contrived, the entire thing we did. So I woke as much as the morning with my telephone blowing up. It was these final couple of days at dwelling I used to be attempting to actually get, realizing I am happening tour in a few days. I answered the telephone, and it was my mother. And my mother mentioned, ‘Flip the TV on. There’s chaos taking place in America.’ I turned the TV on. It was, like, 9:15, and I noticed the tower fall. My telephone beeped, and I went to the opposite line, and it was my supervisor. And he goes, ‘Congratulations. You are No. 1 on Billboard.’ In the identical thought course of of what is taking place in New York — I am in L.A. — after which, ‘Oh, woah. We simply went No. 1.’ And keep in mind — it was our second report. We weren’t well-known but. We had a report, we toured and got here again dwelling and wrote this different report and we launched it. This was gonna be our first tour in entrance of our second, sophomore report.
“Till in the present day, when folks ask me, it is bittersweet about [having had a] No. 1 [album on 9/11]. It was such a bizarre time.”
Final month, SYSTEM OF A DOWN launched “Shield The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”, the band’s first new songs in 15 years. The tracks had been motivated by the just lately erupted battle between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the best violence the area has endured in 26 years. Produced by guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian, who additionally wrote the music and lyrics, each songs are streaming now on all DSPs and can be found for buy on Bandcamp with band royalties earmarked for the Armenia Fund.
“Shield The Land” a was initially written by Malakian for the following album by his different group, SCARS ON BROADWAY, whereas “Genocidal Humanoidz” was penned three or 4 years in the past when Odadjian, Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan convened for a jam session that produced a number of songs, solely to desert them when Tankian would not decide to an album.
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