System of a Down‘s “Chop Suey!” is undoubtedly a high-water mark for early aughts nu-metal. And it’s one that’s stood the test of time — the 2001 Toxicity single reached a billion YouTube views last year, and the song and gets perennially reworked by untold numbers of rockers.
But the tune’s continued popularity also makes it a prime target for mashups and remixes. We even covered 25 of the most interesting “Chop Suey” versions last year. That’s why, even in March 2021, listeners can assault their ears with one musician’s new “Bluegrass Edition” of “Chop Suey!” that comes from a YouTube channel specifically made to ruin one’s favorite songs.
Listen to it down toward the bottom of this post.
There I Ruined It‘s mission is simple, as it so plainly states on the YouTube channel’s description: “I take your favorite songs and ruin them forever.” With that said, however, does the bluegrass style actually destroy the System of a Down ditty? The rendition’s certainly one of the more creative SOAD covers out there, but the musicianship itself seems perfectly serviceable.
Perhaps There I Ruined It aims more to ruin all traces of a tune’s original genre, as opposed to defacing the arrangement or melody of a composition. Luckily for listeners, there’s a way to find out!
That’s because there are plenty of other “ruined” versions available from the same video creator. There’s a Dixieland jazz-style take on Queen‘s “We Will Rock You, a kids’ version of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” and a swing-style Nirvana‘s “Come as You Are. Listen to all of those below.
And, hey, maybe System of a Down done in a bluegrass way isn’t that bad after all. It sure gives listeners an otherworldly take on the alt-metal hit. Why’d you leave the banjo on the table?
System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” Performed Bluegrass Style
Queen’s “We Will Rock You” Performed Dixieland Style
Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” Performed in Children’s Style
Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” Performed Swing Style