Silverchair has made an extraordinary showing in a list of Australia's 100 Favourite Albums of all time. The list was compiled by the ABC television and radio networks over recent months and the top 10 entries were part of a TV special that aired last night.
Three of the Newcastle trio's four discs made the top 100. 2002's Diorama was #24, 1999's Neon Ballroom ranked #47 and 1995's "frogstomp" came in at #96.
Not only did Silverchair receive more nominations than any other Australian artist but they had more albums make the list than greats such as Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, INXS and Crowded House. The only other artists to receive 3 entries were U2 and Radiohead and the only artist to have more than 3 albums make this top 100 poll was The Beatles!
"Diorama" narrowly missed out on pipping Midnight Oil's classic "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" as the favourite Australian album of all time
For more info check out the My Favourite Album website.
On Saturday night Silverchair put in an amazing performance at the Homebake festival in Sydney. For those of you who weren't there we've grabbed the best photos we currently have and the official set list. More photos are on the way and we'll post them here ASAP.
For more info take a look at the Australian Newspaper article "Silverchair Rises From Homebake".
GREATEST VIEW (Brass)
WORLD UP ON YOUR SHOULDERS (Brass)
STRAIGHT LINES (Brass)
LUV YOUR LIFE (Brass)
ACROSS THE NIGHT
DON’T WANNA BE THE ONE (Brass)
IF YOU KEEP LOSING SLEEP (Brass)
In order to give you all the inside news on the new album we've decided to push the December newsletter back by a month. We will then have lots of exciting news for you. In the mean time, as usual, if we have any important info we need to get to you in a hurry, your special members only passwords will give you access to the LAS members only section of chairpage.com.
If you are not already a member of the LAS and would like to read about the benefits then please go here.
Former Rolling Stone Editor Jeff Apter will soon release a new book on Silverchair called "A New Tomorrow" which is a rewrite of his previous tome on the band that was published 3 years ago. While it’s not an official biography and the bandmembers have not yet read it, we thought you might be interested to hear a bit more about this book so heeeeeeere's Jeff...
What were your reasons for writing another Silverchair book? So much has happened to the band, collectively and individually, since 2003, when my first book was published, that it seemed a real oversight not to at least update it. But as I started to re-enter the world of Silverchair, I found myself interviewing people I’d missed the first time around, as well as learning about the new album. The book took on a whole new life. It’s radically different — and I think a lot better — than Tomorrow Never Knows.
How different is this book to Tomorrow Never Knows? If the book was a car, all that would be left of the original is the interior. It’s a good 80-something pages longer, some mistakes have been corrected, people involved early on, such as Phil McKeller and Kevin Shirley, have spoken at length, as have more recent ’Chair insiders such as Paul Mac, David Bottrill and Julian Hamilton. And, of course, there are lengthy new interviews with the band, plus the guy who signed them to Atlantic in the US — even the man many consider to be the world’s leading Silverchair expert. The book has been redesigned and the photo section has been completely updated with some rare shots of the band that cover their entire career. I’m really proud of it.
Check out the full story.
Silverchair have announced that their highly anticipated new album will be called ...
All songs for the disc are now fully recorded but the band is waiting for their mixer of choice to finish another album so he can begin work with them. At this stage that's scheduled for January so release in the Australian autumn looks very likely.
Thanks everyone for your patience!!
Silverchair's sold out shows in New York City this week have attracted some great early reviews.
The New York Post - one of America's biggest newspapers - ran a half feature on the show today under the banner headline "Chairman Wow". In this piece the newspaper's music critic, Dan Aquilante, called the show "sizzling" and said "Johns was incredible". He closed with with some sage advice ... "if Silverchair plays another NYC gig, don't miss it".
Meanwhile, legendary US music scribe, David Fricke, praised the show for Rolling Stone magazine. In his review posted online he noted the absence of any early Chair songs before concluding that "for Silverchair, today is a lot more interesting than "Tomorrow."
The band will travel to Canada over the coming days before returning to the U.S. for shows in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday. Limited tickets remain for Monday's date but are selling fast.
Daniel Johns was voted "Australian Songwriter Of The Year" by his peers at the APRA Awards in Sydney last night. Daniel was unable to collect the prize in person as the band is currently on tour in the U.S.A.. However in a taped acceptance speech Daniel said "it's a real honour to get this award". In the band's absence, Kasey Chambers (herself a multiple award winner on the night) performed a memorable version of "The Greatest View".
The work of Silverchair's, Daniel Johns, has received further accolades in this year's APRA Awards which recognize achievements in Australian songwriting.
In addition to making the shortlist for "Songwriter Of The Year" and "Most Performed Work", Daniel has had two of his songs ("The Greatest View" and "Without You") make it into the top five contenders for "Song Of The Year". He is the only writer to receive multiple nominations in this category.
Both of the nominated songs were among the singles lifted from Silverchair's album "Diorama". The disc is currently back in the Australian top 20 more than a year after its release following Silverchair's recent acclaimed national tour.
Daniel Johns is currently overseas and is about to embark on a series of international concerts with his band. He will be unable to attend the APRA Awards (which happen in Sydney on May 19) but a spokesperson said he was "very pleased" to have his work recognized by fellow Australian songwriters through these nominations.
If there was any doubt that 2002 ended up being a good year for Silverchair in Australia, the results of Triple J's annual listener poll yesterday confirmed it. No other artist had more songs make the "Hottest 100" list than Silverchair with five entries on the chart. "The Greatest View", "Without You", "Luv Your Life", "Across The Night" and "World Upon Your Shoulders" all making the list. Thanks to all the members of the LAS and other Silverchair supporters who voted for this.
"Diorama" has been voted Album of the Year by the listeners of Triple J. The result places "Diorama" ahead of great albums like "Highly Evolved" (The Vines), "By The Way" (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" (Coldplay).
Thank you to everyone who voted.