Machine Gun Kelly covered System of a Down song and the internet is outraged
Look, the headline says plenty, but we’re not quite sure it goes far enough. Judging from the various tweets we’ve seen, the internet is more than outraged. It’s borderline disgusted. It’s offended. It’s f**ken baffled as to why anyone ever would let this happen. But, of course, we do have a reason. It’s 2022. Yeah, nah, it’s a year of horrible things happening, so here’s Machine Gun Kelly smoking a joint and covering System of a Down’s Aerials…
Here's the whole video. There's a lot happening. MGK is smoking a joint the entire time. He implies they've never actually played this cover for real before??? And then Howard says it's amazing at the end. It's dizzying.https://t.co/UKETo4AsaI
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) April 1, 2022
Before we get cracking on the context and story of this one, we’re going to assume you remember System of a Down. They were kind of a big deal back in the day. Yeah, nah, their self-titled debut made ‘em a big name with metalheads everywhere, and their next one, Toxicity, gave them a measure of mainstream success most metal bands don’t see.
I'm all for people giving something a red hot go, which is why I thought I'd give Machine Gun Kelly's cover of 'Aerials', by System of a Down, a red hot go. Please send gauze for my bleeding ears.
— 🔴 Live now | Mike Drop 🎤 // TSUNPAI'S WAIFU (@MikeDropGames) April 3, 2022
The cruel joke here is that if you click the link, you actually see Machine Gun Kelly cover System Of A Down’s Aerials. https://t.co/6L0UYAtohe
— 𝕄𝕒𝕥𝕥 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕤𝕠𝕟 (@matthius23) April 1, 2022
Deadset, that album was farken massive and gave ‘em two massive hits, Chop Suey and Aerials. It’s Aerials that MGK saw fit to butcher on Howard Stern and the resulting internet anger has been nothing short of hilarious.
SiriusXM did it again.
First, it was Puddle Of Mudd ruining Nirvana.
Now, it's MGK groaning over System Of A Down. Sounds like he is having an asthma attack around the two-minute mark.https://t.co/HWEjEL9wsN
— Rocked (@RockedNet) March 31, 2022
Dear machine gun kelly, you should try to sing more than two notes when covering system of a down. I'm fucking serious, it was painful!
Ps: stop smoking during the show, you fucking pseudo aesthetic dumbass
— ~💀🌌zeitgeist🌌💀~ (@MrDradi) April 1, 2022
Of course, we’re not here to gatekeep. Like what you like. Let people enjoy the things you personally don’t. Realise that music doesn’t have to conform to certain genres for you to like it or for it to be enjoyed by fans outside of that genre.
Machine Gun Kelly butchering Aerials by System of a Down is by far my least favourite April Fools' prank of all time…
…at least I hope it was a prank! pic.twitter.com/1PQKqPyLUh
— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) April 1, 2022
Having said that, you don’t have to look far into the comments on alternative, metal, and hard rock groups to see that most committed genre fans couldn’t give two s**ts what Machine Gun Kelly does.
If you are ever having a really bad day and need a good laugh just watch Machine Gun Kelly try to sing a System Of A Down song.
— Matt Martigon (@MattMartigon) April 2, 2022
Machine Gun Kelly singing Aerials by System of a Down at the Howard Stern show is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen, not just the most embarrassing performances, just the most embarrassing things in general.
— CharlieForReal (@CharlesForRealz) April 2, 2022
For his own part, he seems a bit baffled by it, saying he’s always been a rocker. “It blows my mind… Like, we’ve always been in the culture…Like, fuck you. We’ve been here so long, defying boxes and genres and odds.”
I love how @machinegunkelly is single-handedly destroying all the music he ever covers. All the covers he’s done are so disgustingly disrespectful. The worst being Linkin Park and now System of a Down. He needs to be stopped.
— deepstriker.eth (@noxiousneuron) April 1, 2022
Still, he can’t say that System of a Down’s bass player Shavo didn’t let the fans decide. He shared the butchered cover on his Instagram and asked his followers what they thought.
Hahahahaah MGK covers Aerials by SOAD – the worst cover ever and the comment section is comedy GOLD! — https://t.co/m4umVovKPC
— Effi Saharudin🏴☠️ (@1Obefiend) April 2, 2022
Machine Gun Kelly covering System of a Down on Howard Stern is a description of Hell that would make Dante pale.https://t.co/cyS1zBFwN6
— Ben Sixsmith (@BDSixsmith) April 2, 2022
One fan captured the collective sentiment with noting but a clenched teeth emoji.
Final thought: Look, as we said, people are allowed to like what they like. If Machine Gun Kelly wants to pay tribute to a song he digs, who are we to stop him? Of course, we don’t have to listen to it either. If you’ve got the balls to give it a try, let us know what you reckon in the comments section. Also, please enjoy the original. It’s right here.
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