The Story of a Song Called ‘Fuck Peace’

I wrote the song ‘Fuck Peace’ in 2006. I am not sure of the exact date, but I know it was sometime during the July War (2006 Israel-Hezbollah War). 

I remember being intoxicated and angry, strumming the guitar vehemently, watching the Israeli warplanes bomb Beirut one afternoon. This ridiculous war made my blood boil. I was an eighteen year old who wanted to enjoy life, to fall in love, to make art, to get drunk… I did not want this war. I had nothing to do with it.

As I played the guitar, the words came out like frenzied bats out of a cave. I spat them out. I did not sing; I shouted at the world. I didn’t think about the song, whether or not it was sophisticated, beautiful, soothing, etc. It was an eruption. I just played it… angrily.

Chris Khatschadourian in 2008 - Picture taken by Anto Narguizian
Picture from 2008, photo credit: Anto Narguizian

… I liked performing Fuck Peace in front of friends, and I did play it every now and then. Even after the war. Everybody seemed to like it, especially the part where I make “sick noises”. But then, after recording an acoustic version of it, I forgot about it for some time. I just stopped playing it. That was in 2009 or 2010.

To be honest, the recorded acoustic version was horrendous. I recorded it when I was drunk one night. But when it came out, I shared it anyway (with close friends, mostly).

In Sanity Q from 2011 - GBOB
In Sanity Q in 2011

In 2010, In Sanity Q was formed and newer songs were written, such as Blow, The Way I am, She Wants My Sex, Clown of the Town… In fact, we were composing so many original songs that I didn’t even think about turning some of my old songs, such as Fuck Peace, into In Sanity Q songs. Everything seemed to be going great.

But then something strange happened.

One day, I heard that someone was playing Fuck Peace, telling people that he wrote it. I knew the guy; so I got a little mad but did nothing. But a couple of months later someone else started playing my song. I did not understand how or why, but it was then that I decided to start performing it again, and this time with In Sanity Q. 

Originally, Fuck Peace was an acoustic song. If we were to perform it as In Sanity Q, we would have to add some flavor to it. And that’s what we did. For instance, the solo part and the reggae-ish part were added later to make the song less monotonous… and so on.

I guess that’s more than enough info.

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