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Serj Tankian

System of a Down founder Serj Tankian was born on August 21, 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon. He and his family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975. He studied marketing at California State University and started his own software company before beginning his music career with the formation of System of a Down in 1995. In 1998, System of a Down signed on to Rick Rubin's American imprint, and over the following seven years released five well-received albums, the second of which, Toxicity, thrust them into the forefront of the metal community, garnered a Grammy nomination, and sold millions of copies. Tankian utilized his success to influence the political world he often commented on lyrically by co-founding a nonprofit organization called Axis of Justice with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello. He remained active with System of a Down throughout the mid-2000s and also released a book of poetry, titled Cool Gardens, before SOAD chose, in May 2006, to go on hiatus of an undetermined length. Tankian made use of this sabbatical to record his first solo album, Elect the Dead, which was released in fall 2007. Three years later, Tankian teamed up with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to release Elect the Dead Symphony, featuring songs from his solo debut backed by a live orchestra. Tankian's second solo album, Imperfect Harmonies, continued in the orchestral footsteps of his symphonically re-imagined debut. His third album, the more rock-oriented Harakiri, arrived in 2012. ~ Gregory McIntosh
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Harakiri (Explicit)

1. Cornucopia

2. Figure It Out

3. Ching Chime

4. Butterfly

5. Harakiri

6. Occupied Tears

7. Deafening Silence

8. Forget Me Knot

9. Reality TV

10. Uneducated Democracy

11. Weave On

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Track List: Imperfect Harmonies

1. Disowned Inc.

2. Borders Are...

3. Deserving?

4. Beatus

5. Reconstructive Demonstrations

6. Electron

7. Gate 21

8. Yes, It's Genocide

9. Peace Be Revenged

10. Left Of Center

11. Wings Of Summer

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Track List: Elect The Dead

1. Empty Walls

2. The Unthinking Majority

3. Money

4. Feed Us

5. Saving Us

6. Sky Is Over

7. Baby

8. Honking Antelope

9. Lie Lie Lie

10. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

11. Beethoven's C**t

12. Elect The Dead

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Track List: Empty Walls

1. Empty Walls

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Track List: Figure It Out (Single)

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Track List: Orca Symphony No. 1 (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 1 ("Orca")

1. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): I. Victorious Orcinus

3. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): II. Oceanic Subterfuge

Disc 2

1. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): I. Victorious Orcinus (Studio Version)

2. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): II. Oceanic Subterfuge (Studio Version)

3. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): III. Delphinus Capensis (Studio Version)

4. Symphony No. 1 ("Orca"): IV. Lamentation Of The Beached (Studio Version)

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Track List: The Charade (Rock Version) (Radio Single)

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emikireineko c h a n
This man is brilliant and I love him and his music!!! Both his and SOADs!
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Exactly thanks surge
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All I can do is give this man thumbs up and love.
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Live him, his poetry, music, soad, activism, great man
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Yes serj when is the System coming back. Love your work and awareness for the genocide. But can u release another one with the System before you call it quits.
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Wtf I didn't know he went solo?!?
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Perfection��
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This man knows how to influence world/nation problems into songs. So few can even attempt that.
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What kind of crap is this! Sounds like Cat Stevens at the peak of a long week of tripping on window pane, drinking cheap wine and smoking Crack. You would think that at least one person close to him would tell him how bad he sounds

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awesome
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and brain damage
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and brain damage
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and brain damage
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and brain damage
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and brain damage
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and brain damage
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this song gave me happy thoughts and brain damage
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I love Serj Tankian and System Of Down those guys know how to Rock On! ��
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Awesome singer wish he would get back with the band tho
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The Great Serj
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The Great Serj
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Idc what you say, Serj has a beautiful as voice
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Damn right
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THIS IS THE BEST BAND EVER!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Brilliant musician and businessman better at marketing than most and outgrew the rest of the band
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Greatest band ever!
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bethebug
for man who did Opera before all this knows how to write a song! But I will never, EVER purchase tickets to see him live. No stage presence what-so-ever
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ryanbradleyg o o d r u m
good artist an all, but he "Lie Lie lie" part was so stolen from Tool. I dont remember what song but they where around b4 him so thats a lil f**ked but hay. hes trying to make $$$$$$
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Serj Tankian is a great musician. He still seems to have kept the SOAD sound in his songs however. Would be nice to see Serj get back w the band tho.
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When Saving Us comes on and you see: Similar Artists: System Of A Down and then Scars On Broadway. ..
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true
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Musical genius
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This Guy Is A Legend In My Mind.
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Man, he sure knows music
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Damn he has a good voice
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vanessag0106
Freaking love Serj so much. He's pretty much my role model.❤️ Wish SOAD would get back together, but I will always love SOAD and Serj! Love you Serj!!❤️❤️
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Seri is the best and I'm surprised he graduated my school!
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I LOVE SERJ
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I miss System of a Down, very much, but I am proud of Serj for producing his own music. His lyrics are sometimes heartbreakin g , but they're amazing.
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The sky is falling C:
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I E A I A I O
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*angry defensive comment*
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Serj has an amazing solo career, but I wish SOAD would get back together
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Best music in the world
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pepperoni and green peppers mushrooms olives chives
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It's, don't you see THEIR bodies burning. Locolizrd688 next time u correct someone make sure you do it right lol
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and yet the Turks still deny it and say the brutality came from the civil war and not a genocide, how thick skulled do you have to be. I hate politics, there always lying and taking side paths with all issues.
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pickl611
The Genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks happened 100 years ago yesterday. Remember Them.
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