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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.   Honking Antelope
  13.   Saving Us
  14.   Ching Chime
  15.   Deafening Silence
  16.   Total Paranoia
  17.   Reality TV
  18.   Baby
  19.   Occupied Tears
  20.   Butterfly
  21.   Money
  22.   Elect the Dead
  23.   Act IV - Lamentation of the Beached
  24.   Weave On
  25.   Forget Me Knot
  26.   Goodbye - Gate 21
  27.   Godd*** Trigger
  28.   Reconstructive Demonstrations
  29.   Borders Are...
  30.   Gate 21
  31.   The Reverend King
  32.   Falling Stars
  33.   Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  34.   Feed Us
  35.   Bird of Paradise (Gone)
  36.   Act III - Delphinus Capensis
  37.   Act II - Oceanic Subterfuge
  38.   Act I - Victorious Orcinus
  39.   Tyrant's Gratitude
  40.   Revolver
  41.   Wings of Summer
  42.   Peace Be Revenged
  43.   Electron
  44.   Disowned Inc.
  45.   Deserving?
  46.   Beethoven's C**t
  47.   Blue
  48.   Beethoven's C***
  49.   Beatus
  50.   Invisible Love - Deserving?
  51.   Yes, It's Genocide
  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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