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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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Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian

  1.   Song
  2.   Empty Walls
  3.   Figure It Out
  4.   Cornucopia
  5.   Uneducated Democracy
  6.   Harakiri
  7.   Sky Is Over
  8.   The Unthinking Majority
  9.   Left of Center
  10.   Lie Lie Lie
  11.   Weave On
  12.   The Charade
  13.   Saving Us
  14.   Beethoven's C***
  15.   Feed Us
  16.   Ching Chime
  17.   Baby
  18.   Peace Be Revenged
  19.   Disowned Inc.
  20.   Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  21.   Act IV - Lamentation of the Beached
  22.   Honking Antelope
  23.   Reality TV
  24.   Godd*** Trigger
  25.   Electron
  26.   Money
  27.   Elect the Dead
  28.   Bird of Paradise (Gone)
  29.   Revolver
  30.   Falling Stars
  31.   Occupied Tears
  32.   Butterfly
  33.   Borders Are...
  34.   Gate 21
  35.   Blue
  36.   Act III - Delphinus Capensis
  37.   Tyrant's Gratitude
  38.   Forget Me Knot
  39.   Invisible Love - Deserving?
  40.   Wings of Summer
  41.   Reconstructive Demonstrations
  42.   Beethoven's C**t
  43.   The Reverend King
  44.   Act II - Oceanic Subterfuge
  45.   Deafening Silence
  46.   Total Paranoia
  47.   Deserving?
  48.   Beatus
  49.   Goodbye - Gate 21
  50.   Aurora's Dream
  51.   Yes, It's Genocide
  52.   Act I - Victorious Orcinus
  53.   Artsakh
  54.   Starlit Eyes
  55.   Charades
  56.   Piano Improvisation
  57.   Charades
  58.   Speak on It
  59.   Piano Improvisation
  60.   Bug Theme
  61.   End Credits
  62.   Gratefully Disappeared
  63.   Beethoven's Cunt
  64.   The Unthinking Majority [Album
  65.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 1 Victorius Orcinus
  66.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 2 Oceanic Subterfuge
  67.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 3 Delphinus Capensis
  68.   Symphony No. 1 'Orca'~Act 4 Lamentation of the Beached

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