So, I was wondering about everyone’s stories about how they first came across Silverchair, when they first starting liking the band, and when they became obsessed. I’ve heard a couple, but I thought we should make a thread and consolidate all our stories. I’ll start with mine, but warning: its gonna be LONG. I'd rather read other people's, anyways.
I first came across Silverchair when I stumbled across this pro ana website. I was 12 at the time, and this was the beginning period of what later turned into my issues with food. (I am reluctant to use the term eating disorder or depression because I was never officially diagnosed. Also, I’ve met a lot of people who had it much worse than I did and I feel that using those terms would be an insult.) Ana’s Song was pretty much touted as the anthem of the pro ana movement on this website, but this was before the explosion of illegal downloads on the net and the birth of Youtube, so I was not able to find it. I did however, look them up on wikipedia, only to find a bad picture of Daniel (one of the "thou shall not speak of" in the SS) with half of ben and chris' faces cut off.
3 years later, it is about 1:00 AM sometime in the winter, and I am sitting at my computer in my room, wearing 6 layers of clothing while finishing a paper for class. The idea to search for Ana’s Song on Youtube suddenly dawns upon me. I watch it and sit there for the next 10 minutes in shock that someone could so accurately describe the battle in my head. About a week later, I discover Miss You Love and fell completely in love with it.
I googled Silverchair, only to come up with fansites that had not been updated in the longest time, and people asking on forums whether Silverchair was ever going to release another album. I also found that same terrible picture, this time with Ben and Chris complete faces.
6 months later, my Christian teacher shows a video bashing all the MTV bands and musicians. I agreed with the video until I saw Silverchair show up. They were bashed for the Israel's Son and the murders. I hadn't heard Frogstomp yet, but I couldn't believe that somebody who could write Ana's Song would also write something so terrible. (This was before I found out what the song was actually about. Promoting violence, my ass! ). Kinda out of rebellion more than anything, I refused to be swayed my the video or my teacher's horror and disapproval. I think he kinda drove me to love Silverchair in a weird way. I watched all the music videos I could find on youtube after that.
I was pretty sure Silverchair had broken up since there was no news for such a long time, and I wasn't really paying attention....and then one night I was listening to Loveline and I heard Daniel's voice...and I jumped out of bed and danced for joy in my room! IYKLS came on and I thought it was kinda weird, but I loved that there was a orchestral arrangment, and eventually I was won over.
EDIT: I just realized that I didn't put a date on this. I came across the pro ana site in either 2003, or February of 2004. I think it was right after he married Nat. So I didn't really suffer the hiatus, lol. I discovered them at the beginning and fell in love several months before YM was released.
Wow that was long. If anybody actually read that whole thing, you deserve a medal.
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Gimme a medal!
Okay, I have always sorta liked Silverchair. They were just a band that I listened too, and the way I liked them back say 2 years ago was how I like the Foo Fighters right now. Anyhow, Mum bought Dad Young Modern for his birthday, and I sat down to listen to it with Dad. I completely fell in love with Strange Behaviour and haven't looked back since
and I fell in love with Daniel when I was watching the video for IYKLS for the first time and i thought "Hey- that Daniel guy is pretty hot
Danielle J, thanks for sharing all of that! And thanks for starting this thread! Ok, so like i stated in the "Drunk Thread", i've been drinking so this mayt not be coherent, so forgive me. Anyway, this is how i became a fan:
Back in 1999, i was a senior in HS, and i'm in my room watching MTV and the Ana's Song vid comes on. I don't recall my initial feelings, but i see Daniel and i do remember thinking " this guy is pretty"... as the vid progresses i'm like "i really like this song..." i see Chris and Ben and for some reason whicn i cannot explain, i see Chris's shaved head and i'm instantly turned off, or maybe intimidated is a better word for it. so i see Daniel's body and i see how thin he is and i'm shocked and i instantly wonder if he's sick or if something's not quite right with him. anyways after that i leave to go to college and i hear nothing else about them, or really i forgot about them. FF about 7 yrs later i'm at home after work, and bored, and so i decide to go online, and i somehow stumble across a pic of Daniel at Lolapalooza(sp) and i'm like " wtf?! that's guy's still alive?!!!" that may be mean, but from what i saw all those yrs back, i really was surprised he looked so good! so from there i was curious so i went to youtube ( thank God for youtube) and i came across the vid for "Straight Lines" and i fell madly in love with the song, and with how great they all looked, specifically Daniel. I've been hooked since. Sorrt if i bored anyone, and once i sober up and if reread this, i may very well be quite embarassed, but i won't worry about it now...
hot shit perver #29 (unless i stole it from someone)
i really liked tomorrow when i saw the video way back in the day, but i was a little kid so.. i wasn't really into music...
then i remember seeing ana's song and miss you love on mtv. i really liked the songs, and i thought daniel johns had an amazing voice. some of my guy friends were really into silverchair, including my husband, who was then my friend, joel. well i basically had no taste in music back then...so i never listened to the whole of neon ballroom.
skip forward to when diorama came out. joel came over with the cd and said you have to listen to this. i thought, what the hell is this? that's silverchair? so we start dating around that time and about a a year and a half later i listened to diorama again...and kept listening to it.. eventually it became my favorite album..and i started really getting interested in the the band, daniel in particular for being such a genius...
i started reading everything i could find about silverchair on the internet and finally became a las member.
so anyways..about 2004 i became a super fan
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i saw tomorrow when it was released on german telly and fell in love with the music. then i saw an interview where they were sitting in a park on the ground and dan was pretty shy and had this kinda dark voice ... well, i fell in love with him.
on march 6 in '96 i saw them live in cologne for the first time. my dad was with me, because i was too young to travel alone.
"If The Beatles had released Young Modern it'd be a goddamn classic." - Simanion
last year lol
a friend, Lucy showed me a bit of their stuff in about February 2007 and I was like 'this is alright'. then she wouldn't shut up about YM coming out and I was like...ummm great whatever
then in April 2007 my sister gave me YM for my birthday and I fell in love with them completely
my sister now regrets ever giving me that cd
back in 1994/1995, tomorrow was HUGE. it was on the radio constantly...i was in college and for some reason a lot of bands and songs from that time period are still quite memorable to me to this very day...i remember my besties and i sitting in the car and singing "the fat boy song" and it was a common phrase in our life to say "you go away, too, fat boy" to our guy friends.
i went a few years without following them and then i got back into them again slowly with the help of an ex-friend (she was evil but had damn good taste in music). i don't even remember what cd was out but i just downloaded them back in the napster days and didn't even look the guys up - never had a clue about daniel's health or anything about the guys at all til much later.
found out about YM after it's release in australia and was floored because i'd just assumed the guys hiatus was a breakup....i was so happy that i couldn't wait and cheated and had my aussie friend send me the cd. lol. but i did buy several copies in america when it came out for me and my kids.
don't remember ever thinking any of the guys were hot til i got older but that's probably because they felt like jailbait to me for a while. lol
"don't forget the mind is the biggest sex organ & it would appear that he has a rather large brain!" -blanky
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My uncle used to be a flight attendant and one day he gave me a case full of about 300 cd's that someone had left in a hotel room that he had been staying in. Nobody ever claimed it so the hotel gave it to him and most of the cd's were rock so he gave it to me. One of the cd's was Frogstomp but I didn't know that because someone had scratched all the lettering off the inside circle of the cd. I was oblivious to things like radio and MTV so I never made the connection. Bought Freakshow when it came out although I don't remember why I bought it and had no idea that it was connected to Frogstomp. Then, in 1999 I was in New Hampshire vacationing in some small resort town. I walked into some small music store (seriously, it was the size of someone's bedroom) and the one guy that was working there was really excited that I came in. I felt bad and figured I had to buy something. Neon Ballroom caught my eye and I thought the cover was pretty and I knew that I had liked Freakshow so I bought it. Went back, sat in the woods and listened to NB about 7 times and knew I was hooked. I spent the rest of my vacation listening to that cd. By this point, I was good at making my way around the internet which seriously helped fuel my obsession and finally helped me find out just who that was on blank silver disc I had loved for so long.
A place I've found could be all ours but I've seen where you would rather be.