Daniel Johns

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Daniel Johns

Daniel Paul Johns (born 22 April 1979) is an Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist, best known as frontman of the rock band Silverchair.

On Stage[edit]

  • This next song is about... fish... just one singular fish... he was a lonely fish, but he died happy.
    • 31st of August, 2007 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, introducing "Tuna in the brine"
  • Thanks for coming tonight, on a Sunday night. Sixty-Minutes is on and there are probably some good stories you're missing. Thanks for choosing Silverchair over Sixty-Minutes.
  • If I were a fisherman, i would catch fish. If i were an octagon, I'd have many sides and if I were a prostitute, I would fuck and fuck and fuck and fuck and fuck!


  • This guy, he just taught me chords and stuff. And after a year, I thought, I can't be bothered having lessons. So I just decided to figure out my own stuff. I never wanted to play all those fast solos. I just thought, I'll be like Pete Townshend of The Who. I'll do what he does and play powerful chords and stuff.
    • On how he learnt Guitar, Guitar School magazine, "Rock n' Roll high school" February 1996.
  • It actually went like this: we were at school and Ben said he didn’t like Nirvana so much. Then one of our friends said: You should listen to Sliver. So he wanted to request Sliver for himself on the radio. And I wanted to request a song of an Australian group(You Am I), Berlin Chair. We told Chris to write Sliver Chair, but he wrote it as Silver Chair. Then we thought: That’s a good name. That’s how it went.
    • On the name 'Silverchair', Press interview, April 1996
  • I am very scared of being outside my home for long periods of time. I start sweating and shaking and having panic attacks if I am not at home. I get very anxious and am scared in crowds and things like that. Before I go onstage I just take medication and I'm alright.
    • Metal Hammer magazine, "Growing Pains" March 1999.
  • Leaving school had a big impact on me, because it was the only place I could go and maintain normality and feel a part of something and not be Daniel from silverchair. Once that safety blanket had gone I felt uncomfortable about only being Daniel from silverchair.
    • Rolling Stone magazine, 1999
  • When we were first playing, even though it was derivative, playing music was the best, there was nothing better. And then by the second album (Freak Show) we were like, playing music makes me angry, and by the third album (Neon Ballroom) I was like, I need to play music cos life sucks. And now all of a sudden there's this really youthful enthusiasm in the band, everyone around us, there's this real positivity and everyone's vibing off the music.
    • Kerrang! magazine, April 2002

  • I'm aware that if you keep shifting there are going to be people who really respect you for it and just as many who go: 'There's no stability with that dude. I'm going to buy Nickelback's new album.'
    • The Australian, "Pop goes sad boy of rock" June 2004
  • Not being able to tour for Diorama was definitely a huge disappointment. I was (and still am) really proud of that record but i also feel like the response to it was better than expected given the circumstances. It inspired me to top it with Young Modern.
  • Being someone who has been the frontman and the songwriter for a band that has been together since I was 12 years old, you do get to that point where you think: 'If I keep doing this for too long it's going to be all I can do' … which is why in Silverchair I kept changing.
    • The Australian, "Pop goes sad boy of rock" June 2004
  • I mean we're living in the world of iTunes; I really hate that. What's going on now is that a lot of people just release three or four singles and the rest of it is just filler and boring.
    • July 2007

Song lyrics[edit]

Frogstomp (1995)[edit]

  • The water out of the tap is very hard to drink
    • Tomorrow

Diorama (2002)[edit]

  • All the bridges in the world won't save you if there is no other side to cross to
    • World Upon Your Shoulders
  • Bleach the green from the pastures
    • My Favourite Thing
  • Love me for my mind, because I'm a dangerous heart
    • One Way Mule
  • I don't want to be lonely, I just want to be alone
    • Across the Night
  • You'll come along for the sun if you come at all
    • Tuna in the Brine

Freak Show (1997)[edit]

  • If only I could be as cool as you
  • Lost my soul, lost my confidence in me
    • Slave

Neon Ballroom (1999)[edit]

  • Take the rope to my heart and fall
    • Black Tangled Heart
  • Sex, drugs, and image is just enough to get you by in the real world
    • Dearest Helpless
  • Liberate the people that you hate
    • Point of View
  • She tastes the candy, sugerless, cancerous
    • Paint Pastel Princess
  • She tastes the candy, sugerless, cancerous
    • Paint Pastel Princess
  • Please die Ana, for as long as you're here, we're not
    • Ana's Song (Open Fire)

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