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Single by System of a Down
From the album Mezmerize
Single Released 2005
Single Format Vinyl, CD
Recorded ???
Genre Alternative metal
Song Length 3:20
Record label American Recordings
Producer Rick Rubin
Chart positions #41 (UK)
# ? (USA)
System of a Down single chronology

"Question!" is a song by the band System of a Down. It is the second single of their fourth album Mezmerize, which focuses on life after death. The song was first premiered by the famous Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ on May 23, 2005 and was released to alternative and rock radio stations on July 12 of the same year. Image File history File links System of a Down single, Question! vinyl cover File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... System of a Down (sometimes referred to as SOAD, or System) is an alternative metal band that was formed in 1995, in Hollywood, California. ... Mezmerize is the fourth album by System of a Down and the first half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of rock music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Frederick Jay Rubin (born 1963), is an American record producer best known for his work in rap and heavy metal. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Cigaro is a song from the album Mezmerize by System of a Down that was released as an unofficial single onto the internet. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... System of a Down (sometimes referred to as SOAD, or System) is an alternative metal band that was formed in 1995, in Hollywood, California. ... Alternate meanings: Single In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-sides, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ... Mezmerize is the fourth album by System of a Down and the first half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ...

The song uses five different time signatures (10/8, 9/8, 6/8, 3/4, and 4/4). The acoustic guitar intro and part of the verse is in 9/8 (3+2+2+2, essentially 4/4 with an extra eighth note on beat 1). The verse briefly switches to 3/4 (when Serj sings "Are you dreaming?"). The chorus is in 6/8. The heavy intro, outro, and bridges are in 10/8. The heavy tremolo-picked section towards the end underneath the vocals is in 4/4. Serj Tankian plays acoustic guitar in the intro and deeper in the background behind lead guitarist Daron Malakian. Serj Tankian of System of a Down Serj Tankian (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an Armenian-American musician who now lives in Los Angeles. ... Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is the guitarist in the American-Armenian band System of a Down, comprising vocalist Serj Tankian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan. ...

The song is sometimes compared to one of System of a Down's other songs "Aerials," which also deals with the nature of life in the lyrics. Both are primarily sung by Serj but seem to have Daron as back-up in the chorus. Music similarities are not as easy to spot. Aerials does not have the wide variety of time signatures that Question has (a problem that allegedly makes the song difficult for even the band to play) and the bass is used more for atmosphere in Aerials, whereas in Question it only shows up separate to the guitar for a repeated riff.

Music video

The video was released on August 5, 2005 on MTV and the band's website. The opening scene is of a boy with gray hair, clothes, and skin shooting a red bird with a slingshot, which coincides with the start of the song. At this point the video switches to a scene of the band members on a theater stage, performing music for a play. The play is based on a theme of life, death, and reincarnation, revolving around two lovers, a man in a dark suit and a woman in a red dress, who are shown both as children and adults. As the music reaches its climax, the woman collapses and the man screams in grief. The video closes with an intense scene of a woman being euthanized followed by shot of a newborn baby wrapped in red cloth. The color red is central to the video, tying together the bird, the girl, the woman, and the baby in a cycle of rebirth. August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Simple slingshot A slingshot, also called a shanghai or a catapult (not to be confused with either the catapult siege engine or shepherds sling) is a small hand-powered projectile weapon. ... Past Lives redirects here. ... Euthanasia (Greek, good death) is the practice of killing a person or animal, in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons, usually to end their suffering. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ...

Shavo Odadjian produced the video after alledgedly having an image of the video in a nightmare. It is claimed that before the dream he had no intentions of producing the video. In fact he didn’t want any special treatment over other possible producers for being in the band so he submitted his idea anonymously. Shavo also in his dream originally saw duplicates of him and the bandmates as all of the audience during the opera scene, but decided not to do that in the music video because it reminded him of the hip-hop group Outkast's music video for their song "Hey Ya", and didn't want to make it seem anything related to that. Shavo Odadjian (born April 22, 1974 in Yerevan, Armenia as Shavarsh Odadjian), is the bassist for the Los Angeles-based alternative metal band, System of a Down. ... OutKast is an American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Hey Ya! is a 2003 number-one single recorded by André 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast, released on LaFace Records. ...

System of a Down
Serj Tankian | Daron Malakian | Shavo Odadjian | John Dolmayan
Andy Khachaturian
System of a Down discography
Albums: System of a Down | Toxicity | Steal This Album! | Mezmerize | Hypnotize |
Demos: Demo Tape 1 | Demo Tape 2 | Demo Tape 3 |
Singles: War? | Sugar | Spiders | Metro | Prison Song | Chop Suey! | Toxicity | Aerials | Innervision | Boom! | I-E-A-I-A-I-O | B.Y.O.B. | Question! | Radio/Video | Hypnotize | Lonely Day | Kill Rock & Roll
System of a Down | System of a Down songs
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