Abuse Me

Silverchair

About Abuse Me

"Abuse Me" is a song by the Australian rock band Silverchair. It was released as the second single from their 1997 album, Freak Show. In the United States, Sony chose "Abuse Me" as the first single from Freak Show despite protests by the band's manager. "Freak" was the Australian lead single and the preferred lead single from the album. It was also released on their The Best of Volume 1. The single peaked at number four on both the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, making it their second biggest hit in the United States (bested by 1995's "Tomorrow"). The single contained the B-side "Undecided", (not to be confused with "Undecided" from Frogstomp) a Masters Apprentices cover, which featured Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman playing lead guitar. Also included on the single was a remix of "Freak", produced by Paul Mac, marking the first time that Daniel Johns and Paul Mac worked together. Johns said about the song: "With 'Abuse Me', I just wanted to get all the feelings off my chest, the feelings I'd had when I read all the negative commentary. The song is basically saying, 'Say what you like. We don't give a fuck what you think. We're just playing our music'." Johns also said that "every song I've ever heard sounds like another song I've heard". 


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1997
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Silverchair

Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Chris Joannou on bass guitar and Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars. The group got their big break in mid-1994 when they won a national demo competition conducted by SBS TV show Nomad and ABC radio station, Triple J. The band were signed by Murmur, and were successful on the Australian and international rock stages. more »

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Written by: DANIEL JOHNS

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12 facts about this song

Release and Ranking
"Abuse Me" was released in 1997 and reached number 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in the USA and number 9 in the Australian ARIA Charts.
Song Origin
Daniel Johns, the lead vocalist of Silverchair, wrote the song. It's a follow-up to the band's previous album, "Frogstomp".
Grammy Nomination
The album from which "Abuse Me" comes, "Freak Show", received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
Album Theme
Most songs on the "Freak Show" album, including "Abuse Me", share the central theme of youth dealing with issues such as abuse or isolation.
Music Video
The music video for "Abuse Me" is in a semi-animated form featuring the band, representative of Silverchair's young and unique style.
Unique Sound
"Abuse Me" is known for its distinct style, combining strong grunge influences with a more traditional alternative rock sound.
Popular in Live Performance
"Abuse Me" was well-received by fans and is typically played in concerts as a fan-favorite, despite not being one of Silverchair's biggest commercial hits.
Record Sales
The "Freak Show" album, which includes "Abuse Me," sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
Influences
While the song reflects the band's alternative rock/grunge style, some critics pointed out elements that showcase the influence of 70's rock, most especially Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
International Performance
"Abuse Me" also made appearances in music charts worldwide, reaching the top 30 in New Zealand and Sweden and the top 40 in the UK.
Alternate Version
An acoustic version of "Abuse Me" was also released that highlights Daniel John's raw and passionate vocals.
Memory Lane
The song is part of many '90s playlists and throwback lists, reminding listeners of the grunge era.

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