System of a Down

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Back row: Serj Tankian (vocals). Front row, L-R: John Dolmayan (drums), Shavo Odadjian (bass), Daron Malakian (guitar)

System of a Down is an American metal band, best known for their song "Chop Suey". One of their musical influences is Frank Zappa.[1]. Lead singer Serj Tankian covered Don't Eat The Yellow Snow on The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAAAM Birthday Bundle.


Journalist: "Your music is pretty complex, how would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?"

Lead singer Serj Tankian: "I've been asked this question since the first days of System of the Down, you know, like Frank Zappa says “talking about music is like dancing to architecture", right? It makes no sense. I try to make it in a way that I'd be interested in listening to it myself." [2]

(For the record, there is no confirmation that Zappa ever said that. It's been attributed to many different people.[3])


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