Lyrics This is about drug addiction, but it doesn't have the somber tone that many songs about addiction have. The band describes it as "a little quacky. Chop Suey is a Chinese stew made with meat or fish, plus bamboo sprouts, onions, rice and water chestnuts. They used it for the name of the song because it describes their musical style, with lots of stuff thrown together. The title is not in the lyrics.
In the beginning of the song, you hear Serj say "we're rolling suicide. It was shot in the parking lot of a cheap hotel near where the band grew up in Los Angeles. Before the shoot, they posted a note on their website inviting fans to come down and participate. Since they were not well known, they thought they would get about , but instead fans showed up. The fans mostly kids were instructed to swarm the stage so they could help capture the energy of their live shows.
Speaking with Rolling Stone about "Chop Suey," he said: The style is so broken up and unusual. It's both difficult to sing and arguably difficult to listen to, but then the chorus is this big, soaring, emotional, surging, beautiful thing. And then it's got this incredible bridge: Father, father, father, do you commend my spirit? Father, why have you forsaken me?
It's just real heavy, biblical and grand. It's so unusual that it goes between these crazy rhythmic explosive verses into this emotional, anthemic ending. The band feels they evolved a great deal between albums and did things on this that they wouldn't have thought of before.
This was climbing the charts when it was silenced by the events of September 11, Just about every radio station pulled this from their playlists in an effort to be as sensitive as possible after the tragedy. Even though the song had nothing to do with terrorism, it was considered much too aggressive. The line "I cry when angels deserve to die" was a little too heavy for most program directors and listeners at that moment.
The music was by Daron Malakian. The line "Why have you forsaken me, in your eyes forsaken me? Like, if I were to die from a drug overdose, everyone would say I deserved it because I abused drugs, hence the line 'Angels deserve to die. He was determined to impress the Americans with the values of Chinese culture and cuisine and he gave a dinner party to which he invited distinguished members of both the American and Chinese communities.
To make the event memorable, he instructed his chefs to include in the menu an entirely new course which would appeal equally to western and eastern palates. The result was a mixture of chopped bean sprouts, celery and meat in a soy sauce, all finely cut up and served under the name of Chop Suey, the English "chop" combined with Chinese "bits," spelled phonetically "suey.
It was described as "Choplicated.
Lyrics This is about drug addiction, but it doesn't have the somber tone that many songs about addiction have.
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