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: