Steal This Album!

Label
American Recordings
Release date
2002
Running length
22 tracks
Running time
61:37

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Chic 'N' Stu 2:23 295,514
2 Innervision 2:33 393,291
3 Bubbles 1:56 335,416
4 Boom! (Clean Version) 2:14 656
4 Boom! (Explicit Version) 2:14 4,966
5 Nüguns 2:30 277,706
6 A.D.D. (American Dream Denial) (Clean Version) 3:16 32
6 A.D.D. 3:18 224,605
6 A.D.D. (American Dream Denial) (Explicit Version) 3:17 3,903
7 Mr. Jack (Explicit Version) 4:09 4,054
7 Mr. Jack (Clean Version) 4:08 211
8 I-E-A-I-A-I-O (Explicit Version) 3:08 5,221
8 I-E-A-I-A-I-O (Clean Version) 3:07 225
9 36 0:46 285,463
10 Pictures 2:06 299,675
11 Highway Song 3:13 321,787
12 F**k The System (**** The System) 2:12 179
12 F**k The System (Explicit Version) 2:12 4,792
13 Ego Brain 3:21 317,651
14 Thetawaves 2:36 274,526
15 Roulette 3:21 412,524
16 Streamline 3:37 315,278

About this album

is the third album by System of a Down. Produced by Rick Rubin and Daron Malakian, Steal This Album! was recorded in mid-2002 and released on November 26, 2002 by American Recordings. The album reached No. 15 in the Billboard Top 200.

This album was released shortly after a collection of medium-quality MP3s found their way onto the Internet under the unofficial name Toxicity II, a year after the release of the group’s multi-platinum record, Toxicity. The band issued a statement expressing their disappointment that their fans were hearing unfinished material, and released the finished versions of the leaked material. Most, but not all tracks from the original leak (e.g. “Cherry”) made it onto Steal This Album!, and three new tracks such as “Roulette” were also added. Many song titles, lyrics, and melodies were changed, making the new album significantly different from the unfinished product.

Though often reported in the media as being a collection of B-sides and outtakes, the band insists that the Steal This Album! material is of the same quality as the tracks which made it onto Toxicity. Vocalist Serj Tankian has said that the songs were left out of Toxicity “because they didn’t fit the overall continuity of the album”.

The album title is a reference to Abbie Hoffman’s book Steal This Book, which is regarded by many as a classic example of counterculture literature. A similar title (“Steal This Movie!”) was used for a movie about Hoffman’s life. A year prior to this album however, The Suicide Machines had already released an album titled Steal This Record.

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