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Steal This Album!
Steal This Album! cover
Studio album by System of a Down
Released November 26, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative metal
Length 43:31
Label American/Columbia
CK 87062
Producer Rick Rubin
Daron Malakian
Professional reviews
System of a Down chronology
Toxicity
(2001)
Steal This Album!
(2002)
Mezmerize
(2005)
Serj Limited Edition Picture Disc cover
Limited Edition Picture Disc of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by Serj.
Limited Edition Picture Disc of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by Serj.
Daron Limited Edition Picture Disc cover
Limited Edition Picture Disc of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by Daron.
John Limited Edition Picture Disc cover
Limited Edition Picture Disc of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by John.
Shavo Limited Edition cover
Limited edition of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by Shavo.
Limited edition of Steal This Album! with CD artwork made by Shavo.
European Edition cover
Cover of the European edition of Steal This Album!
Cover of the European edition of Steal This Album!
Promo CD cover
Cover of the Promo CD of Steal This Album!
Singles from Steal This Album!
  1. "Innervision"
    Released: 2002

Steal This Album! is the third album by System of a Down. Produced by Rick Rubin and Daron Malakian, Steal This Album! was recorded in mid-2002 and released on November 26, 2002 by American Recordings. The album reached No. 15 in the Billboard Top 200. For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... The Coup is a hip-hop group based in Oakland, California. ... Steal This Album! is the name of an album released by System of a Down. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative metal is an eclectic form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Frederick Jay Rick Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a Jewish American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ... Digipak cover Digipak cover of Mezmerize. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... Shavo Odadjian (Armenian: ) (born April 22, 1974, Yerevan, Armenia as Shavarsh Odadjian) is the bassist for the Armenian American-based alternative metal band System of a Down and a member of the group Achozen. ... Shavo Odadjian (Armenian: ) (born April 22, 1974, Yerevan, Armenia as Shavarsh Odadjian) is the bassist for the Armenian American-based alternative metal band System of a Down and a member of the group Achozen. ... A promotional recording, or promo, is a recording issued on vinyl, CD, cassette tape, VHS, or DVD and distributed free in order to promote a commercial recording. ... A promotional recording, or promo, is a recording issued on vinyl, CD, cassette tape, VHS, or DVD and distributed free in order to promote a commercial recording. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Innervision is a song by the band System of a Down. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Frederick Jay Rick Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a Jewish American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


This album was released shortly after a collection of medium-quality MP3s found their way onto the Internet under the unofficial name Toxicity II, a year after the release of the group's multi-platinum record, Toxicity. The band issued a statement expressing their disappointment that their fans were hearing unfinished material, and released the finished versions of the leaked material. Most, but not all tracks from the original leak made it onto Steal This Album! (e.g. "Cherry"), and several new tracks such as "Roulette" were also added. Many song titles, lyrics, and melodies were changed, making the new album significantly different from the unfinished product. Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ... An unfinished portrait miniature of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper. ...


Though often reported in the media as being a collection of B-sides and outtakes, the band insists that the Steal This Album! material is of the same quality as the tracks which made it onto Toxicity. Vocalist Serj Tankian has said that the songs were left out of Toxicity "because they didn't fit the overall continuity of the album"[1]. Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ...


The album title is a reference to Abbie Hoffman's book Steal This Book, which is regarded by many as a classic example of counterculture literature. A similar title ("Steal This Movie!") was used for a movie about Hoffman's life. A year prior to this album however, The Suicide Machines had already released an album titled Steal This Record. The Coup had also released a Steal This Album in 1998. The title of track 12, "Fuck The System", is probably also based on the Abbie Hoffman book of the same name. It certainly could be argued that, like Hoffman, System of a Down have used some of their lyrics to discuss radical political opinions. The choice of album title could also be interpreted as being a reference to the Recording Industry Association of America's campaign against peer-to-peer MP3 file-sharing, which attracted significant mainstream media attention, both before and since the album's release. Given the aforementioned history of the album, such a view is given credence. It could also be interpreted as a message to those who leaked the unfinished, unmastered versions of the songs, on the Internet. It should also be noted that in the Toxicity II song "Outer Space" it makes brief reference to killer Edmund Kemper. Abbott Howard Abbie Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was a self-identified communo-anarchist,[1] social and political activist in the United States, co-founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies), and later, a fugitive from the law, who lived under an alias following a conviction for dealing... Cover of Steal this Book Steal This Book is a book written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970 and published in 1971. ... In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Steal This Movie (2000) is an American biographical film of 1960s radical figure Abbie Hoffman. ... The Suicide Machines were an American punk rock band formed in 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and disbanded in 2006. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Coup is a hip-hop group based in Oakland, California. ... Steal This Album! is the name of an album released by System of a Down. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... RIAA redirects here. ... A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... For other uses, see MP3 (disambiguation). ... See Shared resource for the conventional meaning of file sharing File sharing is the practice of making files available for other users to download over the Internet and smaller networks. ... Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948), also known as The Co-ed Killer, is an American serial killer who was active in the early 1970s. ...


An alternate version of "Streamline" was used in The Scorpion King soundtrack, which was released in early 2002, and as a B-Side on some copies of the Aerials single. The Scorpion King is a 2002 film starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Hu, Steven Brand, Ralf Moeller, and Grant Heslov, and is directed by Chuck Russell. ... Maxi-Single cover Maxi-Single cover of Aerials. Australian Import cover Cover of the Australian limited edition of Aerials. 7 Single cover Cover of the 7 single of Aerials. Aerials is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002 from the album Toxicity. ...


The packaging for this album is unique. The album comes in a normal CD jewel case without a booklet, just the CD. On the CD and back of the case, it looks like it has been written on with a black marker pen, in faux-bootleg style to make it look like it has been pirated.

Contents

Alternative covers

In the United Kingdom and United States releases of Steal This Album!, for a limited time four alternative versions of the disc artwork were available. Each were supposedly designed by a member of the band. One featured an entirely blue background with text swirling into the center. One was a drawing of crude stylized flames, accompanied by text. The third was black and gray, depicting a skull with writing in the mouth. The fourth, and perhaps most controversial featured two 'V' shapes, crossing over in the center to create a diamond. One 'V' was entirely blue, and the other red and white striped. It has been speculated that this shape suggests 'Uncle Sam' having sex with The Queen of England. These versions are considered very rare.


In Europe a one sided front insert has also been seen. It is all white with the album title in black, similar to the CD one.


Track listing

  1. "Chic 'N' Stu" – 2:23
  2. "Innervision" – 2:33
  3. "Bubbles" – 1:56
  4. "Boom!" – 2:14
  5. "Nüguns" – 2:30
  6. "A.D.D." (American Dream Denial) – 3:17
  7. "Mr. Jack" – 4:09
  8. "I-E-A-I-A-I-O" (Tankian, Dolmayan, Odadjian, Malakian) – 3:08
  9. "36" – 0:46
  10. "Pictures" – 2:06
  11. "Highway Song" – 3:13
  12. "Fuck the System" – 2:12
  13. "Ego Brain" – 3:21
  14. "Thetawaves" – 2:36
  15. "Roulette" – 3:21
  16. "Streamline" – 3:37

Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Chic N Stu is the opening track from the record called Steal This Album! by System of a Down. ... Innervision is a song by the band System of a Down. ... Bubbles is a song by System of a Down from their album Steal This Album!. It is known for its fast pace packing in under two minutes, making it a short, intense experience. ... Boom! is a single protest song and video from System of a Downs CD Steal This Album!. The song describes uselessness of bombs and warfare. ... Mr. ... I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a song by the band System of a Down. ... 36 is System of a Downs earliest work and 36th recorded song on the album. ...

Leaked Version ("Toxicity II")

The main difference between the leaked version, "Toxicity II" and Steal This Album! itself would primarily be the lack of vocals by Daron Malakian. The demo versions include only Serj on vocals, with a few exceptions. There are a few other differences, but this is the most obviously noticed. Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ...

# Toxicity II Steal This Album!
1 "Everytime" "Boom!"
2 "Streamline" (Demo) "Streamline"
3 "Cherry"
4 "Census" "Thetawaves"
5 "American Dream" "A.D.D." (American Dream Denial)
6 "Side of the Freeway" "Mr. Jack"
7 "On My Mind" "Pictures"
8 "Want Me to Try" "Highway Song"
9 "K.I.T.T." "I-E-A-I-A-I-O"
10 "Chupa Capra" "Bubbles"
11 "Therapy" "Chic 'N' Stu"
12 "Forever"
13 "Your Own Pace" "36"
14 "Defy You" "Nüguns" (same music, different lyrics)
15 "Census" (Rougher Version) "Thetawaves"

Boom! is a single protest song and video from System of a Downs CD Steal This Album!. The song describes uselessness of bombs and warfare. ... Mr. ... I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a song by the band System of a Down. ... Bubbles is a song by System of a Down from their album Steal This Album!. It is known for its fast pace packing in under two minutes, making it a short, intense experience. ... Chic N Stu is the opening track from the record called Steal This Album! by System of a Down. ... 36 is System of a Downs earliest work and 36th recorded song on the album. ...

Credits

Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... The layout of a typical musical keyboard A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which cause the instrument to produce sounds. ... Shavo Odadjian (Armenian: ) (born April 22, 1974, Yerevan, Armenia as Shavarsh Odadjian) is the bassist for the Armenian American-based alternative metal band System of a Down and a member of the group Achozen. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian: ) (b. ... Frederick Jay Rick Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a Jewish American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Andy Wallace is a Grammy Award-winning music studio engineer with a long track record of successful productions, beginning with the early 1980s production of the Run-DMC/Aerosmith collaboration on Walk This Way. Following this breakout success, Wallace went on to work with Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Slayer, Sepultura, Nirvana...

Charting singles

Year Single Chart Position
2003 Innervision Mainstream Rock Tracks 14
Modern Rock Tracks 12

Innervision is a song by the band System of a Down. ...

References

  1. ^ New Album For System Of A Down

See also

  • Strange loop, the technical name for the self-reference of this title.
M.C. Escher - Drawing Hands, 1948. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... Daron Vartan Malakian (Armenian: ) (born 18 July 1975) lead guitarist in the Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Shavo Odadjian (Armenian: ) (born April 22, 1974, Yerevan, Armenia as Shavarsh Odadjian) is the bassist for the Armenian American-based alternative metal band System of a Down and a member of the group Achozen. ... Serj Tankian (Armenian: ) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Ontronik Andy Khachaturian (Armenian: ) is the former singer for The Apex Theory. ... Limited Edition cover The limited editon cover of System of a Down. ... Toxicity is System of a Downs second album release. ... Digipak cover Digipak cover of Mezmerize. ... Hypnotize is the fifth album by System of a Down and the second half of the Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album. ... Sugar is an EP released by System of a Down in 1998. ... The Limited Edition Tour CD is a 6-track promo CD released by System of a Down in 2000. ... Lonely Day is an EP by System of a Down. ... Sugar is a single by the Armenian-American alternative metal group System of a Down. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Johnny is a promo single released by System of a Down in 2001. ... Chop Suey! is the first single from System of a Downs second album Toxicity. ... Toxicity is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002. ... Maxi-Single cover Maxi-Single cover of Aerials. Australian Import cover Cover of the Australian limited edition of Aerials. 7 Single cover Cover of the 7 single of Aerials. Aerials is a single by System of a Down, released in 2002 from the album Toxicity. ... Innervision is a song by the band System of a Down. ... This article is about the System of a Down song. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Violent Pornography is the 7th track on the album Mezmerize, from Armenian-American band System of a Down. ... Hypnotize is the lead single for System of a Downs latest album of the same title, which was released on November 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... // Lonely Day is the Grammy nominated second single from the 2005 album Hypnotize by the band System of a Down. ... Kill Rock & Roll is the 3rd song on System Of A Downs fifth album, the 2005 release Hypnotize The song starts off soft with Daron Malakian playing an Electric guitar, then quickly goes into a fast chourus. ... This is a comprehensive listing of official releases by System of a Down, a four-piece American rock band, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, California. ... The String Quartet Tribute to System of a Downs Mezmerize is a tribute album to first half of System of a Downs double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize released in 2005. ... The String Quartet Tribute to System of a Downs Hypnotize is a tribute album to second half of System of a Downs double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize released in 2006. ... Axis of Justice is a non-profit organization co-founded by Serj Tankian (of System of a Down) and Tom Morello (from the band Rage Against the Machine and the now defunct Audioslave). ... Singles from Elect the Dead Released: August 7, 2007 Released: September 25, 2007 Released: 2007 Elect the Dead is the debut solo album by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Vartan Malakian Vartan Malakian (born February 14, 1947) is an Armenian-American artist born in Iraq who now lives in Los Angeles. ... Screamers is a 2006 documentary by director Carla Garapedian. ... Scars on Broadway (also referred to as Scars or abbreviated as SOB) is a side project originally started by System of a Down lead guitarist Daron Malakian, Casey Chaos, Zach Hill and Greg Kelso. ... Achozen is a side project from System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA, Killarmy member Kinetic 9 and Rev. ... Serart is a collaboration between folk artist Arto Tunçboyacıyan and Serj Tankian, lead singer of System of a Down. ... Buckethead (born Brian Carroll in 1969), is an American guitarist and composer. ... American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Serjical Strike Records is the record label owned by Serji Tankian of the metal band system of a down. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

 
 

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