B.Y.O.B. (song)

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"B.Y.O.B."
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Single by System of a Down
from the album Mezmerize
Released March 29, 2005
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 4:15 (album version)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
System of a Down singles chronology
"Boom!"
(2003)
"B.Y.O.B."
(2005)
"Question!"
(2005)
"Boom!"
(2003)
"B.Y.O.B."
(2005)
"Question!"
(2005)
Mezmerize track listing
"Soldier Side - Intro"
(1)
"B.Y.O.B."
(2)
"Revenga"
(3)
Music video
"B.Y.O.B." on YouTube

"B.Y.O.B." ("Bring Your Own Bombs") is a song by Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. It was released in March 2005 as the lead single from their fourth album Mezmerize. Like their earlier song "Boom!", it was written in protest against the Iraq War.[2] The song reached number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the band's highest peak to date on the chart.

Music video[edit]

The video for "B.Y.O.B." was directed by Jake Nava.

The music video shows an army of soldiers marching through the streets, wearing paintball masks with television screens projecting words like "DIE", "TRUTH", "OBEY", "BUY" or "GOD", with the members of System of a Down playing in the middle of the street. During the chorus, the band is shown playing inside a night club. Midway through the video, Daron is shown screaming the words "Blast off! It's party time! And we don't live in a fascist nation! Blast off! It's party time! And where the fuck are you?!", when the soldiers storm the night club and force everyone to put on the drone masks, during which the masks show images of television shows and war. At the end of the video, the members of System of a Down are shown wearing the drone masks, which are playing static.

Song writing legal case[edit]

Casey Chaos claimed to have helped write the song in 2002, and Malakian gifted him a 2% royalties credit. Casey Chaos then subsequently sold a 50% interest in the song to Maxwood Music Ltd. However, in 2010 a Manhattan court ruled Malakian and Tankian to be the sole writers of the song.[3]

Accolades[edit]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "B.Y.O.B." (Explicit Album Version)
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 4:15
2. "Forest" (Explicit Live Version)
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 5:12
3. "Prison Song" (Explicit Live Version)
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 3:32
4. "Sugar" (Explicit Live Version) S. Tankian
  • S. Odadjian
  • D. Malakian
4:00
  • The live tracks were recorded at the Big Day Out 2005 festival.
Digital download [First version]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "B.Y.O.B."
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 4:15
7" single • digital download [Second version]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "B.Y.O.B."
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 4:15
2. "Cigaro"
  • S. Tankian
  • D. Malakian
D. Malakian 2:11

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 42
US Billboard Hot 100 27
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 4
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Begrand, Adrien (May 24, 2005). "System of a Down: Mezmerize". PopMatters. 
  2. ^ Morse, Steve (August 26, 2005). "Pounding out a blistering attack: System of a Down lashes out at Hollywood, war, and hypocrisy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Judge Rules for Rock Band in 'B.Y.O.B.' Royalty Case". Courthouse News. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  4. ^ "System of a Down Awards: BYOB, Question, Mezmerize". AveoftheStars.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – System of a Down – B.Y.O.B.". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "System of a Down – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for System of a Down. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "System of a Down – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for System of a Down. Retrieved April 3, 2015.

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