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Serj Tankian Talks Solo Album, Prolific Use of the C-Word: Exclusive Audio

October 24, 2007 7:04 PM ET

System of a Down's Serj Tankian appears in the current issue of Rolling Stone to discuss his new solo album Elect the Dead, the first concert he attended in the U.S. (Iron Maiden) and his fondness for Borat and Ali G. The interview could not be contained in just the magazine, however, so we present you with some exclusive audio excerpts from that Q&A.

Tankian talks about the inspiration behind his new song "Unthinking Majority," a correlation between war and anti-depressants.

NSFW: Tankian discusses why the C-word keeps popping up in his art.

Tankian explains why his song "Lie, Lie, Lie" morphed from overly serious to very humorous.

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