Video of the Month for September 2020

“Chop Suey!” is very busy both lyrically and musically. The song begins with an iconic, driving chord progression before the rapid-fire chaos of the verses unfold. As a matter of fact, the song touches on drug addiction and is intended to make a comment on the ways people die. The song can also be interesting to be about how society views death or about Christ.

According to guitarist Daron Malakain, “The song is about how when people die, they will be regarded differently depending on the way they pass. Like, if I were to die from a drug overdose, everyone would say I deserved it because I abused drugs, hence the line ‘Angels deserve to die.’”

So where did the name ‘Chop Suey’ come from? When it came to naming the song, it was originally called “Suicide,” but Colombia Redords made them change it to make it radio friendly. Therefore, the group decided on the Chinese stew made with meat or fish, plus bamboo sprouts, onions, rice, and water chestnuts. While seemingly random, the title was perfect to describe their musical style: lots of stuff thrown together.

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