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

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