|Single by System of a Down|
|from the album Toxicity|
|Released||August 13, 2001|
|Recorded||February 2001 –March 2001(Cello Studios, Hollywood, California, US)|
|System of a Down singles chronology|
|UK Import CD 1|
UK Import CD 1 single cover of "Chop Suey!"
|UK Import CD 2|
UK Import CD 2 single cover of "Chop Suey!"
"Chop Suey!" (originally, and sometimes still mistakenly called "Suicide") is the first single from Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down's second album Toxicity . The single was released in August 2001 and earned the band its first Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Metal Performance. Loudwire included the song in its list of The Best Hard Rock Songs Of The 21st Century, where it was ranked at number one."Chop Suey!" is often seen as the band's signature song.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan (drums).
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In an interview, 'I cry when angels deserve to die'. The lyric passages 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit' and 'why have you forsaken me?' are a reference to Jesus' death on the cross, as, according to the Gospels, it was one of the seven things Jesus said while dying."Daron Malakian explained, "The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die. Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line,
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The song was originally titled "Self-Righteous Suicide" but Columbia Records forced the band to change it to avoid controversy.The song title is therefore a wordplay from Self-righteous suicide to "Self-right-Chop Suey-cide" that replaces provocation by absurdity. The band members claim this change was not caused by pressure from their record company. Remarkably, certain pressings of the album include an intro to the track where the comment We're rolling 'Suicide' can still be heard faintly before the guitar starts.
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The music video was the band's first collaboration with the acclaimed director Marcos Siega, and is set in the car park of the Oak Tree Inn motel in Los Angeles, hometown of the band. The members are performing the song on stage, surrounded by approximately 1,500 fans. Editing devices are used to create the effect of the band members "walking through" one another and teleporting on and off the stage, an effect similar to one used in the Red Hot Chili Peppers video "Around the World". One scene briefly shows Tankian eating chop suey with some fans, the only reference to the title dish in either the song or the video. The video makes use of the SnorriCam technique, in which an actor will have a camera attached to them with a harness, making it appear as though the background is moving and the actor is stationary. In the middle of the video the Soviet Armenia flag can be seen. As of September 2019 [update] , the video has more than 890 million views on YouTube and more than 4.3 million likes.
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"Chop Suey!" is the first single of Toxicity , an album that was number one on the charts during the week of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A controversy surrounding the popular single, especially the line 'I don't think you trust in my self-righteous suicide', at the time led to Clear Channel Radio placing the song on a list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles. Although it was never actually banned completely from the air, Clear Channel Radio stations were advised against playing any of the songs on the list.
The song has been parodied and covered several times.
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|1.||"Chop Suey!"||Daron Malakian||3:30|
|2.||"Johnny"||Serj Tankian||Serj Tankian||2:08|
|3.||"Sugar" (Live)||Serj Tankian||2:23|
|4.||"War?" (Live)||Serj Tankian||Daron Malakian||2:47|
|UK CD1 • Australian single|
|1.||"Chop Suey!"||Daron Malakian||3:30|
|2.||"Johnny"||Serj Tankian||Serj Tankian||2:08|
|3.||"Know" (Live)||Serj Tankian||3:04|
|1.||"Chop Suey!"||Daron Malakian||3:31|
|2.||"Sugar" (Live)||Serj Tankian||2:27|
|3.||"War?" (Live)||Serj Tankian||Daron Malakian||2:47|
|4.||"Chop Suey!" (Video)||Daron Malakian||3:27|
|1.||"Chop Suey!"||Daron Malakian||3:30|
|2.||"Johnny"||Serj Tankian||Serj Tankian||2:08|
"Chop Suey!" was a moderate success on the charts around the world. In Australia, after hitting No. 3 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2001, with virtually no airplay on commercial radio, it debuted and peaked at No. 14 in February 2002. It is System of a Down's highest charting single in Australia. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 76, making it the band's lowest peaking song on the Hot 100 due to the fact it was taken off the radio for its political lyrics. On the Modern Rock Tracks, "Chop Suey!" peaked at No. 7, becoming the band's first top ten single.In the UK Singles Chart, it debuted and peaked at No. 17.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||18|
|Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)||24|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||25|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||17|
|US Billboard Hot 100||76|
|US Alternative Songs ( Billboard )||7|
|US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard )||12|
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8 and 4
4 time. The guitar during the verse plays in 6
4 using a 2+2+2 phrasing while the heavy part makes use of a hemiola with the guitar switching to a 3+3+3+3 pattern while the drums remain in compound duple meter until the bridge. The song was ranked number 14 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs, and was called a nu metal classic by Stylus Magazine.
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The first single from Toxicity is “Chop Suey,” which starts with a guitar strum and a tribal beat and segues to a serrated stop-start punk verse before drifting into an ethereal chorus colored by a bouzouki, a Greek stringed instrument.
Not so long ago, I was frequenting an exclusive South Leamington cocktail bar. Compelled by housemates proffering a certain glowing green beverage, I was giving a passionate rendition of System of a Down’s alternative metal anthem, ‘Chop Suey’.