Sistem of a Down’s New Singal is Rilly Gud

soadcover.jpgSome days I feel like I went to sleep and woke up on Planet Dumbass. Now, I would never say that rock and roll is supposed to be a bastion of perfect grammar usage, but to me there’s an obvious difference between writing colloquially (wanna, gonna) and just plain being stupid. Glendale-native Armenian supergroup System of a Down’s new single “Lonely Day” is the latest addition to my “Oh my god, how can you be so f*%king stupid?” list, with it’s horrifically mangled chorus, “The most loneliest day of my life.” AAAAARRRGGGHHH! ARE YOU F’ING SERIOUS?!?! You. People. Are. Killing. Me. I’m not a total English freak, but that’s seriously basic grammar and if you made it to sixth grade you should be able to properly construct that sentence. Look, I don’t even care if you want to mess up “lonliest” [of course there had to be a typo in this] “loneliest” vs. “most lonely,” but NOTHING WILL EVER BE “MOST (ADVERB/ADJECTIVE)-EST”, EVER. Got it?

What really drives me nuts is that I know that at least a couple of the guys from System of a Down are smart fellas. How they could have purposefully released this monstrosity on the listening public is beyond me. Maybe it’s a bid to connect with the MySpace generation? If so, I’d like to point out to them that not everything we do as teenagers is rebellious reinterpretation. Some of it—lots of it, even—is just plain boneheadedness.

17 Replies to “Sistem of a Down’s New Singal is Rilly Gud”

  1. I guess a painter is a dumbass if he decides to paint with mixed media too? I prefer to paint on plywood. Adding collage into oil painting maybe? Or if a photographer uses an old toy box camera and inverts the colors in Photoshop? It all art man, chill.

    Their grammer hardly ever makes sence most of the time anyhow ;) They probably do it to make a point.

  2. Let me explain. If a painter chooses to use his source materials in a way not normally used by others he regarded as “groudbreaking”. If a musician uses HIS source materials (sounds and WORDS in this case) in a new way, he just has bad grammer skills. Being someone that happens to be both an artist and musician, I often try to find new ways of doing things to provoke ideas in the viewer/listener’s head. Confusion included.

  3. Hate to be a buzzkill, but Phantom Planet wrote this very song more effectively years ago on their debut album.

    I could tell from the minute I woke up it was going to be a lonely day

  4. There is a huge difference between using something differently and using something incorrectly, which is why I made a point to excuse things like colloquialisms and slang. It’s a question of both function and intent, neither of which is present in that piece of writing. As they say, you have to know the rules before you can break them effectively, and I don’t see any evidence or context to indicate that SoaD is intentionally breaking a rule to make a point.

    That goes for you too. I swear I’m only saying this as constructive criticism, but your grammar and spelling are not great and it’s undermining your argument. The point you’re trying to make comes across more as somebody trying to justify a lack of grammatical skill than as an artist making a statement through misuse or reinterpretation.

  5. You have obviously missed the tongue-in-cheek with the second paragraph of my original comment. Also, please excuse the missing “n” in my mis-typing of “groundbreaking” and grammAr, as I was still in “mocking” mode (towards SoAD, just in case you misthink I meant you).

  6. You have obviously missed the tongue-in-cheek with the second paragraph of my original comment. Also, please excuse the missing “n” in my mis-typing of “groundbreaking” and grammAr, as I was still in “mocking” mode (towards SoAD, just in case you misthink I meant you).

    Ah, my sincere apologies. The combination of typo and misreading fooled me, but the rest of your writing is obviously well written and very correct.

    But you have to admit that it’s the most bestest song on the new SoaD album.

    Ha, Gregg. I had an ex-girlfriend that used to make this same grammatical mistake all the time and it baffled me. She would actually say things like “most bestest,” and totally mean it. Can you believe?

  7. 5000! is the most analist blogger around.
    I agree that egregiously bad grammar is annoying, but have you ever listened to this new style of music called “hip hop”? Bad grammar all around.
    As for this song, or any song… as long as it sounds good, I usually don’t care. “Love me do” anyone? Who wrote that… Yoda?

  8. I gotta agree with 5000. If being stupid is an artistic statement, then I don’t wanna be an artist anymore.

    (On the other hand, I imagine my incessant ‘gottas’ and ‘wannas’ are probably driving my Mom apeshit.)

  9. … But you know what really drives me insane?

    Standard Rock Pronunciation

    This system has been in use by most rock singers since the 1970s, for no discernable reason other than that’s how it’s done.

    Baby: Beh-bah.

    Ladu: Leh-dah.

    Body: Boh-dah.

    Me: Mah

    My: Mah

    What the hell is that?

  10. … But you know what really drives me insane?
    Standard Rock Pronunciation

    Ha! In the same vein, my elementary choir teacher taught us that you’re never supposed to pronounce the letter “r” when singing. It ruined me as a singer for years.

    This can all be cured by one thing.
    More cowbell.

    I hate to spoil having that as the final comment. Too funny.

  11. My personal pet-peeve is anyone who says “I could care less.” No. You can’t. If you’re at the least level of caring. You cannot care any less than that. Therefore and forthwith you “couldn’t” care less. Yes? Yes.

  12. I might have missed ALL sarcasm related to this post, but didn’t you spell “loneliest” wrong in your own post?
    ” Look, I don’t even care if you want to mess up ‘lonliest’ vs. ‘most lonely,'”

    I don’t know if I’m write, though. That “write” is a joke. I’m confused now.

  13. I might have missed ALL sarcasm related to this post, but didn’t you spell “loneliest” wrong in your own post?
    ” Look, I don’t even care if you want to mess up ‘lonliest’ vs. ‘most lonely,'”

    Oops. Thanks for the catch. I even double-checked the first appearance when I wrote out that dumb lyric. Don’t know how that second one got by me.

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