System of a Down ♥ Owl City

15 Oct

Yet another rum-diddly-um hard liquor and chaser combo. Told you we were going to do this one.

Nu-Metal RageToxicity” is the eponymous title track for System of a Down‘s 2001 album (10 years old!?! – jeez, where does the time go?). The big hit of the album is “Chop Suey.” “Aerials” brings it too, but “Toxicity” takes a rough slash through the vein that neatly summarizes the sensibilities of the happy-joy-joy boys of SOAD. By the way, the name “System of a Down” derives from a poem Daron Malakian (guitarist) wrote about victims of a corrupt establishment. The word “Victims” was changed to “System” because it sounded more ominous or something, and voila – a confusing band name.  Not that we much care. The music rocks. Sometimes, one is distracted by the preachy and counter-intuitive (peace through violence or something)  messages , but by gum, those Armani-Americans (what now? Oh, Armenian-Americans) sure channel their rage into some good stuff. Keep the faith brothers.

Alright. Alright. We can tell you want it. Us too. Off the same album, here’s “Chop Suey.” What an awesome song. Video’s kind of cool in a mainstream, slick kind of way. As for the answer to your question, Serj Tankian, the Father has forsaken you because on your next studio release you told us all to “Steal This Album” but you didn’t really mean it. Dick.

On to the chaser …

Barney just saw Owl City in concert with his daughter. The rot about it being syrupy goop is all wrong. Owl City (a happy-emo-poppish project by a dude named Adam Young) is actually more like cotton candy. Cotton candy on a cloud. With soft cotton T-shirts. Listen to “Toxicity” first and follow immediately with Owl City’s biggest hit “Fireflies.” It’s like being on fire, then pouring cool water on yourself to put out the flames but then realizing that the burns won’t go away. So, you close your eyes, find your happy place and dream of flying.

And here’s the official video.

By the way, did you notice Carla Gugino’s younger sister Breanne Düren on keyboards?

Look-alike

Lyrics to Owl City Fireflies – written by Adam Young

You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep

‘Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You’d think me rude
But I would just stand and stare

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems

‘Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance

A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems
When I fall asleep

Leave my door open just a crack
(Please take me away from here)
‘Cause I feel like such an insomniac
(Please take me away from here)

Why do I tire of counting sheep
(Please take me away from here)
When I’m far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies
I’m weird ’cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell

But I’ll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
‘Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems
When I fall asleep

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems
When I fall asleep

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams

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