System of a Down leader Serj Tankian's third solo album, Harakiri, is titled after the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide. It was inspired by reports he heard in early January 2011 of mass bird and fish deaths around the world. "The omen was not lost on me," he said. "Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri. Do they know something we don't about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment?" The symbolism of entire species eradicating themselves on a large scale is an underlying theme on the entire record.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.