‘Chop Suey!’ was the breakthrough lead single from the band’s best-selling second album, ‘Toxicity’ (2001). Regardless of being launched practically 20 years in the past, the music video wasn’t uploaded to YouTube till 2009.
The Marcos Siega-directed music video is memorable for its use of the Snorricam approach and perspective impact modifying to make it seem just like the bandmembers, who’re enjoying to a crowd in an LA resort car parking zone, ‘stroll via’ one another.
‘Chop Suey!’, which was nominated for Greatest Steel Efficiency on the 2002 Grammy awards, has change into the cult band’s signature music, with the Billlboard 200-topping ‘Toxicity’ breaking them via into the mainstream (the album is now licensed triple platinum by the RIAA).
Guitarist, songwriter and second vocalist of the band, Daron Malakian, mirrored on the music’s success in an interview with Loudwire again in 2018.
“I bear in mind once I wrote ‘Chop Suey!’ we didn’t actually have a tour bus but,” Malakian informed the publication. “We had been nonetheless in an RV and I used to be enjoying my acoustic guitar in again of the RV the place there was a mattress. I by no means write on the street. That’s one of many few, only a few songs that I wrote whereas I used to be on the street, I bear in mind writing the music when the RV was on the freeway. I don’t know the place we had been, most likely [driving] to the following gig, and all of it got here to me simply hanging out behind the RV enjoying my acoustic guitar.”
Malakian continued: “I can at all times really feel once I write one thing good and I can at all times inform once I write one thing that wants somewhat work. I assumed it was actually good, however did I feel it was going to show into this big music that was gonna get on MTV and change into an enormous hit for System of a Down? No. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that it was gonna be our first [hit] single. I didn’t suppose it was gonna be so big, however on the time I assumed it was good. I used to be a fan of it.”
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