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'''Silverchair''' is an Australian alternative rock band comprised of lead singer/guitarist Daniel Johns, Bass guitarist Chris Joannou, and drummer Ben Gillies. They have been highly successful, winning a record 20 [=ARIAs=] (Australian Record Industry Awards). The band first gained notoriety when one of their first songs "Tomorrow", won a local music competition run by television network Creator/{{SBS}} in 1994. This lead to the band being signed by Murmur Records, a subsidiary of Sony.

Their eventual debut album, ''Frogstomp,'' was recorded in a mere nine days, and released in March of 1995 when the band were still in high school, featuring a newly recorded "Tomorrow" and the other singles "Pure Massacre" and "Isreal's Son." The album not only topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand, but hit the top 10 in America which hadn't happened for an Aussie band since Music/INXS. They returned in 1997 for ''Freakshow,'' lead by the anthemic single "Freak." ''Freakshow'' gave them another #1 at home, as did their third album released in March of 1999, ''Neon Ballroom. Neon Ballroom'' is regarded as a GrowingTheBeard point by some fans, as the band stretched out their alt-rock sound and added some electronic elements.

In 2003, some time after the release of their fourth album, ''Diorama,'' the band went on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]], members using the break to record on side projects The Dissociatives, The Mess Hall, and Tambalane. The Wave Aid concerts of 2005 saw the band reunite, and album ''Young Modern'' was released in 2007. Silverchair joined up with fellow Australian rockers Powderfinger to play the ''Across the Great Divide'' tour across Australia and New Zealand, which was to increase awareness of the efforts of Reconcilation Australia to reduce the 17-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

They broke up in 2011, although it was officially called an "indefinite hibernation". By that point, Silverchair had sold over 8 million records around the world.

!!Albums:
* ''Frogstomp'' (1995)
* ''Freak Show'' (1997)
* ''Neon Ballroom'' (1999)
* ''Diorama'' (2002)
* ''Young Modern'' (2007)

!!Silverchair provide examples of:
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Daniel Johns' arthritis precluded him from performing around the time of Diorama's release, and so the video clip to "Luv Your Life" had to be animated so as not to remove the face of the band and confuse fans.
* ArtifactTitle: "Punk Song #2", a ''Freak Show'' outtake that was released as a BSide. There were originally both a "Punk Song #1" and "Punk Song #3", but the other two didn't retain their {{Working Title}}s - "Punk Song #1" became "Lie To Me" while "Punk Song #3" became "Satin Sheets".
* {{Britpop}}: ''Young Modern'' has been described as a "post-Britpop" record.
* BuffySpeak: "Big, big and violent, like a thing that's big and violent."- World Upon Your Shoulders.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Greatest Hits Volume 1'', featuring almost all of the singles from the first three albums, plus a collection of B-Sides. Disavowed by the band, as it was released without their consent once their contract with Sony ended.
* ImprobableAge: They were 15 when they recorded Frogstomp.
** Any teen with a garage band would no doubt be thinking "how come we don't have a record?" when they read this.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Madman". They actually did record a version with lyrics, which appeared as one of the bonus tracks on ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Best Of, Vol. One]]'', but it was first released as an instrumental on ''Frogstomp'' - the version with lyrics turns out to be an OdeToSobriety. The ''Frogstomp'' version isn't quite instrumental, if [[Main/MetalScream "Oooh!"]] and a TitleDrop at the very last two seconds of the song qualify as lyrics.
* MinisculeRocking: "Lie To Me", a one minute and twenty two second SingleStanzaSong ("Gonna be a liar / Lie to me, yeah / Gonna be a while / Lie to me, yeah"). There are also the HardcorePunk {{Cover Version}}s they released as {{B Side}}s - Music/MinorThreat's "Minor Threat" (1:36) and Music/BlackFlag's "Wasted/Fix Me" (1:51, and if they'd performed "Wasted" and "Fix Me" as two separate songs both would have been about a minute long).
* NewSoundAlbum: Someone listening to ''Frogstomp'' and then ''Diorama'' would be forgiven for thinking it's two completely different bands. ''Frogstomp'' was released when the band was in their mid-teenage years at the height of TheNineties {{Grunge}} revolution. Their 4th album ''Diorama'' somewhat defies classification but it's a [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly soft contemporary adult easy listening piano based sound]] far far removed from their origins.
* NoTitle: "Untitled", though the official title ''is'' "Untitled": That's how it's listed on the ''[[{{Film/Godzilla1998}} Godzilla]]'' soundtrack album anyway.
* ProtestSong: "Anthem For the Year 2000" dissed populist politician Pauline Hanson for her authoritarian stance on youth policy. "Pure Massacre" is about how WarIsHell. "Spawn" (and its [[RearrangeTheSong rearranged]] version, "Spawn Again") is a somewhat [[WordSaladLyrics word salad-y]] statement against factory farming and general cruelty to animals.
* SanitySlippageSong: "If You Keep Losing Sleep". Actually, ''Diorama'' and ''Young Modern'' were full of these due to Daniel Johns' CreatorBreakdown.
* ShoutOut: The band name is a [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] reference, to - you guessed it - ''TheSilverChair'' specifically. Early on, they claimed it had something to do with hastily writing down the titles of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Sliver" and You Am I's "Berlin Chair" as "Silver Chair", but later they confirmed that it came from the novel. It's unknown as to why they had made the other story up in the first place, but perhaps they just thought the real origin of their name didn't seem to mesh with their PostGrunge sound at the time.
** They were known as Innocent Criminals until just before they entered (and won) a demo contest run by the TV show ''Nomad''. When they admitted they'd made up the other origin story, one possible explanation that emerged as to why they lied was that one of the ''Nomad'' producers assigned them the name because of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and they didn't want people to know that a TV producer came up with it.
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