Song by System of a Down

from the album Steal This Album!

Released November 26, 2002
Format CD, Airplay
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative metal
Length 2:15
Label American/Columbia
Writer Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian
Producer Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian
Steal This Album! track listing

"Boom!" is a protest song from System of a Down's third album, Steal This Album!. The song describes the uselessness of bombs and warfare, and compares how thousands can die from starvation and poverty when billions are spent creating bombs and weaponry. It also links the use of military action with corporate globalization and quotes the title of one of Noam Chomsky's books: "Manufacturing Consent is the name of their game. ", which is a reference to the media's role in war. The bridge of the song is based on the movement "Mars, The Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets.

Music videoEdit

For the music video, the band worked with Michael Moore, writer and director of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 (and the videoclip contains a footage of an Iraqi riding a bycicle, which is the same boy from the Fahrenheit movie). The video incorporated most of its footage from the February 15, 2003 anti-war protest, showing interviews with the participants. The video also features a short satirical cartoon of George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair and Osama bin Laden riding rockets over a city. The rockets turn on the leaders and explode safely in the sky, causing peace sign-shaped smoke clouds.[1] The video was banned from MTV Europe after a while. [2] VH1 named the song as the 18th greatest protest song ever. [3]

"The video for the song was meant as a protest against the war in Iraq," lead singer Serj Tankian states. "We meant to release it before the war began, but ended up releasing it on the day it did, so it was basically kind of pointless." On Youtube, the video has over 12 million views.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. System of a Down and Michael Moore Join Forces for "BOOM!" Video. System of a Down Online (fansite). Retrieved June 13, 2006.
  2. Banned from MTV. The New York Times. Retrieved Nov 10, 2007.
  3. VH1 - 18th Best protest Song Retrieved Nov 10, 2007.
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