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Music Chop Suey! System of a Down (clip - 2001)
Chop Suey! has helped the Oak Tree Inn Motel in Los Angeles become one of the most legendary establishments in the City of Angels.
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“My mom cried when she heard ‘Suicide. She’s a converted System head, and our harshest critic.”

Shavo Odadjian, bassist of System of a Down

Chop Suicide!

First named “Suicide” because it evoked different ways of dying, Chop Suey! finally found its final title partly because of pressure from Columbia Records but also for the pun. “Suey” being the “diminutive” of Suicide while chop suey is an iconic Asian dish and completely unrelated to the lyrics.

Released at the beginning of 2001, the song quickly appeared in the list of “inappropriate songs” after the attacks of September 11. The lineI don’t think you trust in my self-righteous suicide” being particularly at issue.

Filming at the Oak Tree Inn

For the shooting of the clip, System of a Down launches a call on their website. They invite a thousand fans to join them for a shooting in “private concert” mode in a motel in Los Angeles, the Oak Tree Inn. In the end, 1,500 fans crowded into the small courtyard of the school instead of the maximum of 1,000 expected. The members of the group did not want to disappoint some of their fans from all over the country.

Marcos Siega is then sent to realize the clip and is inspired by the effects of the video ofAround the World of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The filmmaker also has Serj Tankian, the band’s lead singer, share a chop suey with fans, the only real reference to the song’s title.

We can also see an Armenian flag in the video, which echoes both the origins of the bassist Shavo, but also the neighborhood in which the video is shot, Little Armenia. Today, the Oak Tree Inn Motel is still in existence but has become a member of the Americas Best Value Inn chain.

1 000 000 000

On November 27, 2020, the video for Chop Suey! reached one billion views on YouTube.

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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