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System of a Down: Chic 'N' Stu Meaning

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Chic 'N' Stu Lyrics

This ballgame's in the refrigerator,
The door is
The lights are out,
And the butter's
getting hard.

What a splendid pie,
Every minute, every second,
Buy, buy, buy, buy,
What a splendid pie,


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 26th 2008 !⃝

    Title of the song refers to Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz, the Los Angeles Lakers broadcasters, but it also is a pun on "Chicken Stew", keeping with the food topics of the song. The first verse "This ballgame's in the refrigerator" refers to what Hearn said when the Los Angeles Lakers were in control during the game. The song itself is believed to be about advertising creating an artificial need for a product, using pizza as an example.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 16th 2008 !⃝

    It is obvious that Chic N Stu is about advertising. I believe that this song is about how advertising can control us to the point that we think we need everything we see in advertisements. I know this song sounds silly but that's their interpretation on how silly we interact with advertising. He screams over and over "what a splendid pie, pizza pizza pie, every minute every second buy buy buy buy buy buy." This is what goes on and on in our mind when we see something in advertisements that in reality is just silly, such as pizza pie. we think what a splendid product (as they show us how perfect their product is) and then we think BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY. System goes on to say that we need therapy for our advertisement addiction. Even though this pie may have pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms, olives and chives. It is a simple message and a simple song.

    Or maybe they just wrote this while tripping balls on Acid, but who knows.


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    Feb 5th 2009 !⃝

    I think it's definitely about how messed up and overused advertising is, and I think Serj and Daron decided to use pizza advertising as one example. Notice how braggy and... well, annoying it sounds, "What a splendid pie!".
    Companies are ALWAYS praising how amazing their products are in commercials and such. And I think "every minute, every second, buy buy buy buy buy!" kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it? The companies are just telling the people watching the commercial to keep buy their product(s) over and over again.
    Now, as for "need therapy, therapy, advertising causes need," I think Serj and Daron are saying that whenever people see something they like in a commercial, they automatically need it. And sometimes it can get to the point where you're overwhelmed with all the stuff you think you need, as if you need therapy or something.

    "Advertising's got you on the run..." Well I think this line just proves that this song is clearly about advertising. System tends to use a combination of completely obvious and seemingly nonsensical lines in their songs in order to get their points across. And I think this line literally means that with all this advertising it may feel like we constantly need to be out of the house, shopping for groceries, clothes, etc.
    Now as for the intro, I can't give an exact interpretation.

    "Ball game's in the refrigerator, door's closed, lights are out, butter's getting hard."

    I don't know how to interpret the ball game part, but the rest of it seems to be saying that when the refrigerator door closes the light automatically turns off, and the butter in the refrigerator starts to get hard because of all the cold trapped inside. And now as I take a step back and look at it all, I say to myself, "Congratulations. You just very poorly interpreted something and made it something that needs to be interpreted."
    Really, I have no idea what the intro is about other than the fact people typically store frozen pizzas in the refrigerator. But oh well. I think one of the best parts about System is that half the time we don't know what they're talking about. So maybe we're better off...

    Hope I helped.

  4. Nsantos88
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    Aug 12th 2020 !⃝

    I wonder if it's telling us about the horrors of pizza gate? The fact that ingredients were sublininal for what they wanted. after hearing about the pizza gate scandal who wouldn't need therapy. All bad.

  5. Kookiekratos
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    Sep 17th 2016 !⃝

    To me this song is about a person with an eating disorder due to problems during his life so when he sees ads he wants to eat it but he cant so he needs therapy to help him but due to how much this pizza his advertised he goes mad and goes of the grid hes on the run from advertisements

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2012 !⃝

    I believe this song is based on the American economy and how America is run by its used economy. Basically providing cheap food/merchandise this was advertised thanks to
    George W Bush. 1/3 of the worlds resources are consumed by America and this is why America is known for obesity

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2011 !⃝

    U kno what. U can't say what SOAD is talking about. U never know what this song could be about. SOAD is a very awesome and different band. U never know what might come out of there mouth. Some of there songs may sound like sex but maybe made tht song for fun. Like I Keep on saying. U never kno with SOAD!
    (Hey tht rythme! XD ))

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  8. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2011 !⃝

    I believe that when they mention pizza and all the toppings, of course you can't help but think of pizza. If I were to mention something like zebras, you start to think of zebras, that's what's known as inception for those of you who haven't seen the movie, and that's what advertising specializes in. Because of these images we see on TV, the epidemic of obesity is rising causing us to seek more therapy as SOAD says, not only that but it's the tv that does cause us to want more things than we actually need, clothes, furniture, etc.

  9. anonymous
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    May 6th 2011 !⃝

    I think that this song is about Italian illegal immigrants.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 10th 2011 !⃝

    I know most will differ on my opinion, but I think this a story of TV munchies. Middle of the night, hungy , walk to the fridgerator, look inside, and find nothing of interest(door closed),back to the TV, commercials on showing ridiculously tasty looking food, gotta have it(need therapy), in the car going to taco bell,personal fav,(advertisings got you on the run, TO TACO BELL BABY!!!,CHIC'N BURRITOS HERE I COME!!!) Just like Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.


  11. anonymous
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    Dec 27th 2010 !⃝

    the song refers to advertisment.also the therepy part is talking about an eating disorder.what a splended pie refers to saying there product is good and you should buy it.buy buy buy refers to people goin out to buy the product they just saw on t.v..also in other words the song is about eating disorders and advertisement

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2010 !⃝

    Chic 'N' Stu really says about consumerism, but there's another hidden meaning behind that. Chic 'N' Stu talks about Eating Disorders. This meaning can be easily conveyed by the lines "Need, therapy, therapy, advertising causes need...", referring to an unending cycle of advertising something (a product, which might cause Compulsive Eating Disorder, or a life pattern, which might cause Anorexy) and try "curing" those people they were set to.

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 13th 2010 !⃝

    yep - what the last guy said,

    This ballgame's in the refrigerator,The door is
    closed,The lights are out,And the butter's getting hard.

    System grew up in LA - Chick Hearn broadcasted every Laker games for like 50 years...

    Whenever he thought the game was over he would 'put it in the refrigerator'

    the lights are out, the jello is jiggling, and the butter is getting hard!

    Every Lakers fan LOVES Chick -- he even has a jersey with a mic retired next to the Laker greats and a statue out front like Magic does...

    not sure why they spelled it Chic though...

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2010 !⃝

    I just think Serj was hungry.

  15. psycho199
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    Dec 10th 2009 !⃝

    Most people are on the right track, but whoever has the current best rated is missing the point big-time(no offense). This song is obviously about how advertising gets way too competitional. It's good that we have competition, but we have way too much of it.

    "need therapy, therapy-advertising causes me therapy,therapy..."
    This is a about how since 1998, the rate of people going to therapy due to advertising getting in their heads has more than doubled.

    "Ballgame's in the refrigerator" has nothing to do with an actual ball game- it is to show how company's compete (like in ballgames) to get their items in our houses (refrigerator)

    "When advertising's got you on the run- therapy, therapy..." This is about how a lot of people try to avoid advertisements, because they know it'll buy it if they see one of the commercials, because they are so intense now. (especially people who are trying to lose weight- they try try to avoid food commercials- hence "pizza pie & chic n' stu"

    Plus, notice how the song is so repetitive... like commercials and advertisements.

    I'm only 13, please rate.

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 30th 2009 !⃝

    I think it stands for how we're fed lies by the world and how television and other forms of advertising are used as tools to make us follow and obey the lies we're fed

  17. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2009 !⃝

    What if he just wanted to write a song about pizza and pie and therapy??

  18. anonymous
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    May 15th 2009 !⃝

    I think this song is about advertising and how it makes you want to buy things more and more once you see it on the t.v.. and how pursuasive advertisments are..

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