Album: System Of A Down (1998)
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  • This song is about the Armenian Genocide, which took place from 1915-1918. P.L.U.C.K. stands for "Politically Lying Unholy Cowardly Killers," referring to the aggressors in the Ottoman Empire, which is now Turkey. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the genocide.
  • Serj Tankian sings most of the lyrics. Daron Malakian yells "watch them all fall down" before the chorus and sings "Never wanna see you around" at the middle and end part of the song. >>
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    Scott Baddwin - Edmonton, Canada, for all above
  • The members of System Of A Down are of Armenian descent and have made efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Their 2005 song "Holy Mountains" also takes on the topic.
  • SOAD was performing this song back in 1995 when they finally convinced club owners to book them. They didn't have a demo tape, but after their first show it was clear they had a following, and they had a much easier time getting gigs. Getting a record deal was harder - the band says labels were convinced their appeal was limited to Armenians. In 1997, they signed with Rick Rubin's label, American Recordings, and Rubin took them on as producer (Rubin had also produced and mentored Slayer, one of SOAD's favorite bands).

    System Of A Down was clearly a metal band, but they were unlike anything else out there. Musically unpredictable, it didn't seem like they would develop a huge fanbase, but they did. The album, which includes "P.L.U.C.K." and was released in 1998, sold over a million copies in America. When their second one, Toxicity, was released in 2001, it was so highly anticipated it debuted at #1.

Comments: 29

  • Will from TorontoRaph from Marseille, France. Exactly. Thank you.
  • Raph from Marseille, FranceI just can't believe how you can't call it a genocide and leave no respect to all those people who died on those deadly roads of turkey ...
    You tell me "ask the historians", most of them recognize it was a genocide. The only reason why not every occidental country says so is because turkey is an open door to the middle east that's all !
    My family came in France because of the genocide and still, I'm not even asking to get back everything you've stolen from my people, I'm requesting one little thing : just RECOGNIZE what your ancestors have done to ours.
    Other point we have to ask you now : Don't call us ignorants or lyers! Have the "balls" like you so nicely say Wilbur to face what Turkey has done years ago!
  • Wilbur from ?stanbul, SloveniaAs Turks always claim, leave it to historians to decide whether it was a genocide or not. If some don't have the balls to accept it, they use other means such as music. Although I am a fan of SOD, I say they are misguided or may be receiving support from diaspora. http://www.ermenisorunu.gen.tr/english/intro/index.html
    Please do research and let historians do their job. Ignorance is NOT always bliss.
  • Sam from Las Vegas, Nv"Who after all speaks of the annihilation of the armeinians?" -Adolf Hitler

    We all acknowledge the terrible events of the Hollocaust... The man responsible for it quoted on the topic himself, almost as if it were an inspirational event. Why is it that the world doesnt acknowledge armeinian genocide? How can a piece of history simply be lost and/or written over? What a shame.
  • Mick from Los Angeles, CaIt says on the pamphlet that "System of a Down would like to dedicate this song to the memory of the 1.5 million victoms of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Turkish Government in 1915"
  • Destinee from Whittier, CaThey performed "P.L.U.C.K" in their genocide documentary dvd Screamers. They did a wonderful performance. We must all aknowledge genocide, especially the Armenian genocide, because this was practically Hitler's guidelines for the Jewish Holocaust and history always repeats itself.
  • Brittany from Rainy River, Canadayes..Serj moved to the states with this parents when he was five. Anyway, in the album's liner notes for this song, it says 'System of a Down would like to dedicate this song to the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Turkish government in 1915.' That is just one of many things that i admire about System, that they are so connected with their heritage and history...this is an amazing song, full of passion and anger..it gives me chills about every time i listen to it. and if you're really interested to know how horrible the Armenian Genocide was, research it on Wikipedia or Google...you can find pictures even...absolutely revolting what the Turks did.
  • Josh from Lapeer, Miits about the Armenian Genocide i herd an interview on the BBC with serj where he said so ( hr grew up in Armenia)
  • Blake from Hamilton, OhBy the way, my old comment could be wrong. It is mainly about the Armenian genocide. However, it does fit well with presidents......Very well.
  • Rick from Columbus, GaA light pop song. I always snap my fingers and tap my foot when I think of the great lyrics:

    A sunny day in Ankara town/let's go shoot some Armenians down . . .

    I think Frank Sinatra covered it.
  • Will from Sacto, CaI agree with most of this stuff. Genocide is a terrible thing and we must stop it. But don't blame the presidents for not being religious. If you are mad at them because they are not your religion, then you are as f*cked up as the people who made the genocide happen. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG. AWESOME GUITAR RIFF. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!
  • Mike from Dayton, OhSystem Of A Down have always worked to spread the message about official Armenian Genocide Recognition within the U.S. and other world powers that have yet to formally acknowledge that it took place. The band felt compelled to work with this unique project that hauntingly illustrates how the denial of those crimes lead to more genocides of the 20th Century- from the Holocaust to Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda...and all the way to present-day Darfur.

    Using SOAD's music as the backdrop to historical footage and current accounts from genocide survivors, "Screamers" presents some of the great questions of our time: Can we stop genocide? Do we really mean 'never again'? And how can we take action to prevent atrocities of this magnitude from happening in the future?

    Beginning Friday, January 12, 2007, "Screamers" will be hitting theaters in markets such as: New York City, Detroit, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Fresno and Boston. An earlier engagement will start exclusively in Los Angeles on Friday, December 8, 2006.

    Please take the time to see this important film, and stay tuned to www.systemofadown.com for more information on release dates and cities.

  • Mike from Dayton, OhSystem Of A Down have lent their voice, music, and support to a ground-breaking new film called "Screamers", which had its acclaimed world debut on November 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA as part of the prestigious AFI Film Festival.

    Directed by the award-winning, humanitarian activist Carla Garapedian, "Screamers" is an internationally produced documentary that covers the history of modern-day genocide and genocide denial, beginning with the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and how the world's inaction lead to other massacres.
  • Blake from Hamilton, OhP.L.U.C.K is Polictically, Lying, Unholy, Cowardly, Killers. This song is striking at the presidents of the U.S. They are all political, they feed us lies, like from the "Tablecloth." They aren't very religious, they are all cowards considering they NEVER fight in the wars they start(Except for TR.) Yet they are killers by killing millions of people such as in
  • Florian from Schwerin, GermanyDefinetely the best song of SOAD!
  • Ash from New York, Ny.....?As the Armenians found support among the Reds (who regarded the Tartars as a counter-revolutionary elements) the fighting soon became a massacre of the Tartar population?
    W. E. D. Allen and Paul Muratoff, ?Caucasian Battlefields?, Cambridge University Press, 1953, p. 481....."We closed the roads and mountain passes that might serve as ways of escape for the Tartars (Turks), and then proceeded in the work of extermination. Our troops surrounded village after village. Little resistance was offered. Our artillery knocked the huts into heaps of stones and dust, and when the villages became untenable and the inhabitants fled from them into the fields, bullets and bayonets completed the work."

    Ohanus Appressian, describing incidents in 1919; Memoirs of an Armenian officer, Men are Like That, 1926.... "Since all the able Moslem men were in the army, it was easy for the Armenians to begin a horrible slaughter of the defenseless Moslem (Turkish) inhabitants in the area. They ... simply cleaned out the Moslem inhabitants in those areas. They performed gruesome deeds, of which I, as an eye witness honestly say that they were much worse than what Turks have been accused of as an Armenian atrocity."

    General Bronsart von Schellendorf , "A Witness for Talat Pasha," Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, July 24, 1921
    ....... these are just a couple of them. That was was such a war that any ottoman man who is heavier than 40 Kg -88 pounds approx- had to go to war. Almost any man was fighting in the battle field. Ottoman was to weak to even think about a genocide. Listen to me genocide-claiming armenians; "you will not be able to get even one inch land from Turkey! Even though you do the same thing you did decades ago, killing thousands of innocent people. If you want peace, you will find peace. If you want land, you have to lick your own palms! None of Turks I have met do not hate you. I have Turkish blood and I do not hate you either. But if you want even one inch from Turkey's land, you will get nothing!!!! NOTHING!!! Find another national target for yourselves.. .Stop these stupid games! All these claims STINK!!!!"

  • Edgar from Rosario, ArgentinaI agree with armenian genocide. "THE PLAN WAS MASTERED" proves that there was a mind behind all that unjustified invasion, and i´m 110% sure that U.S.A. was the main responsable (i´m not talking about people, i´m talking about politicians). Besides "watch them all fall down" explains almost everything what this song is about: an entire Nation murdered. thanks for your time
  • Koosher from Peterborough, CanadaThe song also talks about how the genocide destroyed the Armenian people not just in size but in spirit. An atrocity such as genocide tends to do that.
  • Natasha from Aurora, CoThe Genocide of the Armenians by the Turkish government during World War I represents a major tragedy of the modern age. In this the first Genocide of the 20th century, almost an entire nation was destroyed. The Armenian people were effectively eliminated from the homeland they had occupied for nearly three thousand years. This annihilation was premeditated and planned to be carried out under the cover of war.

    During the night of April 23-24, 1915, Armenian political, religious, educational, and intellectual leaders in Istanbul were arrested, deported to the interior, and mercilessly put to death. Next, the Turkish government ordered the deportation of the Armenian people to "relocation centers" - actually to the barren deserts of Syria and Mesopotamia. The Armenians were driven out brutally from the length and breadth of the empire. Secrecy, surprise, deception, torture, dehumanization, rape and pillage were all a part of the process. The whole of Asia Minor was put in motion.

    The greatest torment was reserved for the women and children, who were driven for months over mountains and deserts [see map], often dehumanized by being stripped naked and repeatedly preyed upon and abused. Intentionally deprived of food and water, they fell by the hundreds of thousands along the routes to the desert.

    There were some survivors scattered throughout the Middle East and Transcaucasia. Thousands of them, refugees here and there, were to die of starvation, epidemics, and exposure. Even the memory of the nation was intended for obliteration. The former existence of Armenians in Turkey was denied. Maps and history were rewritten. Churches, schools, and cultural monuments were desecrated and misnamed. Small children, snatched from their parents, were renamed and farmed out to be raised as Turks. The Turks "annexed" ancestors of the area in ancient times to claim falsely, by such deception, that they inhabited this region from ancient days. A small remnant of the Armenian homeland remained devastated by war and populated largely by starving refugees, only to be subsequently overrun by the Bolshevik Red Army and incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades, until its breakup in 1990. The word " genocide" had not yet been coined. Nonetheless, at the time, many governmental spokesmen and statesmen decried the mass murder of the Armenians as crimes against humanity, and murder of a nation.

    Reports of the atrocities gradually came out and were eventually disseminated the world over by newspapers, journals, and eyewitness accounts. In the United States a number of prominent leaders and organizations established fundraising drives for the remnants of the "Starving Armenians". In Europe the Allied Powers gave public notice that they would hold personally responsible all members of the Turkish government and others who had planned or participated in the massacres. Yet, within a few years, these same governments and statesmen turned away from the Armenians in total disregard of their pledges. Soon the Armenian genocide had become the "Forgotten Genocide".

    In effect, the Turkish government had succeeded in its diabolical plan to exterminate the Armenian population from what is now Turkey. The failure of the international community to remember, or to honor their promises to punish the perpetrators, or to cause Turkey to indemnify the survivors helped convince Adolph Hitler some 20 years later to carry out a similar policy of extermination against the Jews and certain other non-Aryan populations of Europe.
  • David from Newtown, CtI lost 92 people of my great-grandfather.People should know about Genocide. What people are capable of doing.
    2.5 mil. Armenian lived in Turkey before 1915 and only 60,000 live now in Turkey. Go and see
    Armin Wegner's pictures at www.armenian-genocide.org

    David, Newtown CT.
  • Raz from Los Angeles, CaGenocide is the attempt of executing a whole race from existence. This song is about the armenian genocide of 1915 denied by the Turkish goverment. And how the only way to get it recognized is revolution. Thus the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
  • Demir from Ny, Nyhmm greg says "Genocide is when people kill many other people sorta like a killing epidemic"..in this case, every single war in history is genocide !! ..I like the group I like the music, but my armenian friends have to find another reason(not the turks) to be united but I don't think that they have one..hate doesn't make any different.
  • Elies from Surrey, CanadaGreat soad song, and for the sake of it, here is the defenition of genocide from Webster's Dictionary: The deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. Taken that into account, it was a genocide. Anyways, this song kicks ass.
  • Greg from Brantford, Canadaoguz the only reason u dont beleive in genocide is because ur country did it to them. Genocide is when people kill many other people sorta like a killing epidemic
  • Oguz from Istanbul, Turkey' am a fan of soad but i don't believe genocide.If you read the history you probably see that it was NOT a genocide.
  • Max from New York, NyYa when the first album came out, in all their interviews they wouldn't shut up about this song. This is the original kinda image they wanted but lost it for the means of marketing to the American emo/nu-metal audiences.
  • Gabriel Maclean from Toronto, CanadaYou all got it, can't say much.
  • Amanda from Mineral Ridge, OhYa your right it says "drugs are now your global policy now you police the globe" in the prison song. Couldnt have said it better Jesse
  • Jesse from La Mirada, CaI would also like to add that the fact that because their people were slaughterd like their anger is apparent in many more of their songs. Infact the lyrics "recognition, restoration, reparation" alludes to the fact that they had asked the US for help and were denied. That as well as how the world just kind of forgot about the incident, what with WWI happening and what not. There are lrycs in another song in Toxicity about how the US now polices the globe. Along with this song it is apparent that they are angry at the us for denying them help and how now it try's to fix any problem in the world.
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