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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Daniel Johns has lost his anorexic charm



The lineup for Lollapalooza 2007 was announced last week, and it’s outstanding. Far better than Bonnaroo, almost equal to Coachella. As a group, the headliners – Pearl Jam, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – are so-so, but how about all these smaller acts: TV On the Radio, Amy Winehouse, LCD Soundsystem, Patti Smith, M.I.A., !!!, Polyphonic Spree, Lupe Fiasco, the Rapture, Tokyo Police Club...

But the biggest guilty pleasure on the list for myself (and many others, judging from what I’ve been reading) is a little Australian outfit called Silverchair. Yes, the teenage post-grunge act that broke through in 1995 with “Tomorrow,” the song that always made me wonder, Why does he hate the fat boy so much?

I’ve only recently discovered that singer Daniel Johns has startlingly gone the Trent Reznor route and pumped up to steroid-esque proportions overnight. It’s a bit disturbing. He is the Barry Bonds of rock:

Daniel in 1999 vs. 2007:





How is he going to sing “Ana’s Song” now that he’s lost his anorexic charm?

Nonetheless I still love their old stuff, especially "Freak" and "Abuse Me." And I always thought "Anthem for the Year 2000" was a vastly underrated song:

8 comments:

BeckEye said...

I can't believe you just put "Pearl Jam" and "so-so" in the same sentence.

Scott said...

Yeah... but remember I used that term to refer to the whole group of headlining acts. Pearl Jam is the best of the bunch, but the others bring down the overall average to so-so :)

BeckEye said...

OK, I suppose I'll let that slide then. :)

Anonymous said...

anorexia isn't an easy this to overcome. he is healthy now. before he looked like a girl.

anorexia sucks, okay?

Anonymous said...

"anorexic charm"? What sort of sicko are you? good thing he's alive - he can still sing it. It's great Johns recovered, it gives hope to heaps.

And I agree, he looks better when he's healthy.

Melanie said...

anorexic charm? You can still sing about something even when its not affecting you at the present.

Anonymous said...

actually.. he totally screws with the song and doesnt do it the same. i think he's sick of singing it and remembering it but doesnt want to disappoint the fans. in a live unplugged session he cried and had to pull himself together for a few minutes before doing it. he was smiling, but still, i think its hard for him some days.
his voice is different nowadays anyway, it doesnt sound the same.

Anonymous said...

rude and insensitive.