Today, the 25th of April, marks the Australian New Zealand Army Corps Day, where hundreds of young men’s lives were lost, indigenous and non-indigenous, on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I. It is a day of remembrance of the lives that were lost for the freedom that we have today, which is symbolised by the poppy flower. Though ANAZAC Day failed its original military objective to overthrow the Ottoman Empire, it has marked a significant virtue and spirit how citizens have viewed the events of the Great War.
Category Archives: Random Rants
If you want to know who your true friends are, sink the boat. The first people who jump, aren’t your friends.
– Marilyn Manson
The idioms of the world herald a time when we as a species realise our true potential and recognise that there is only one true god: the human soul. It binds us together and gives us huge reserves of untapped power, unique strength, and infinite wisdom.
– Corey Taylor
Call me old fashioned, call me nostalgic call me crazy, but Silverchair has always lingered in the back of my head since I was a teenager. I’m not a throw-panties-at-them fangirl but more so, I’m-in-tears-because-he-cut-his-fucking-hair fangirl. Well, I guess on the topic of Daniel Johns cutting his hair, he had to grow up some time, right? He wasn’t always going to be the long haired angst-filled teenager from the country I live in – his name always comes up at the ARIA’s (Australian awards – like MTV but ten times crappier) and when it doesn’t, you know that the award ceremony is rigged anyway and that you’re most likely wasting your time watching them. So where was I? Ah yes, Daniel Paul Johns. He’s also part of the Dissociatives alongside Paul Mac which does the theme song for a popular game show host here called Spicks and Specks.
But Daniel Johns was a home grown Newcastle boy who actually grew up in Merewether, who made his career debut at a ripe age with Frogstomp after Tomorrow won a contest and the utter nonsense of a label war went on alongside his two pals. Okay let’s cut this history crap, his history ranges from Frogstomp to a QANTAS (an airline here) propaganda bullshit commercial. Better time could have been spent, that’s all I’m saying.
Okay let’s get to the point of this blog post, why do I idolise him? Because I can relate to him.
Early on in his career, he developed anorexia, a serious condition that affects the mentality of how a person views themselves in the mirror and the things they eat – most commonly associated with women, but no, it affected Daniel greatly. A majority of the album Neon Ballroom was about his mental struggle with the disease alongside with depression. I remember seeing an interview with him with a host here called Andrew Denton and he said that he was contemplating death because everything was just so bad for him and it’s quite recognisible in his music when you deconstruct it.
And you’re my obsession
I love you to the bones
And Ana wrecks your life
Like an anorexia life
– Ana’s Song (Open Fire)
I relate to it because one of my friends in high school had an eating disorder and I saw her degrade herself almost every day for two years. It really hit home for me, when I listened to this song because I could only imagine what she was going through. But we lost contact after high school .___.
Also the socio-political stance that he takes in such songs as Anthem For The Year 2000. I remember watching this film clip and thinking “omg that guy is so cute!” but I think what got me into this song, and it was the song that got me into Silverchair actually, was how alike the lyrics were to what society was becoming.
Maybe we don’t want to live in a world
Where innocence is so short
– Anthem For The Year 2000
Though I do know that Daniel Johns is friends with Peter Garrett, ex Midnight Oil lead singer/now Australian Labor Party minister who sung political songs back in his time which coincides with Frogstomp’s Israel’s Son (never let your history teacher listen to this song, you’ll never hear the end of how politically correct Silverchair is on this manner).
Hate is what I feel for you
And I want you to know that I want you dead
Your late for the execution
If you’re not here soon
I’ll kill your friend instead
– Israel’s Son’
So I guess you can pin it down to how I can relate to him on a personal matter and to his lyrics, I suppose. I don’t doubt he’s a great man, never been to a gig of his in my life even though I live in the same state as him. But I would love to meet him one day, just to tell him how awesome he is and how he’s inspired a lot of teenagers that have struggled with depression and anorexia in their life. I mean, hell he’s walking proof that there’s always going to be a tomorrow even if you don’t believe there will be. To sing about something is one thing, but to know you can relate to the person on another level is another, and I think that the idols that I have chosen to blog about give me that hope.
Daniel came back a few years with Silverchair and he bought one clear message, he was back and he was better, in which his physical health could be easily detected in his songs on Straight Line, for an example;
Washed the sickened socket and drove
There’s good will inside of me
– Straight Lines
In other words, it means that he’s better, both physically and mentally. To know that a man could bounce back from all the shit in his life, it shows something. It shows that you can overcome any obstacle and you can pick yourself up again, and start walking like nothing happened to you but at the same time, you’ve learnt from the past and the only thing you can do now is take the past, learn from it, and move the fuck on.
I was driving along a busy highway with my boyfriend and the kids in the car, in Sydney’s outer suburbs, in his car (lol) almost two years ago, when he said, shut up woman! I have to listen to this song. He cranked the iPod jack up loud, and that’s when I first heard my “calling”. He had introduced to a band called Stone Sour and their song Zzyzx Rd. I listened to it and I didn’t mind it. When I got home I downloaded that singular song and older songs. I remember taking a phone call before Stone Sour’s Soundwave performance about my friend wanting me to drag his brother by the collar home if I saw him, which I didn’t. One of the greatest memories I have of this man, is a) sticking his finger up at us at Soundwave and b) the above ^
Who is this man? Corey Fucking Taylor.
Actually, it’s Corey Todd Taylor, also known as #8, The Great Big Mouth, Faith, The Sickness, Todd Tigger, The Boogie Knight (which is actually his Twitter name currently @CoreyTaylorRock ), Big Neck. He may swear a lot and have a course attitude but he is one of the wisest celebrities that I admire. Not only because he rocks as the front man from Iowa, as Stone Sour’s and Slipknot’s front man but because he has a very realistic approach to life.
Here are a bunch of my most favourite lyrics from him:
Your so called set of fake morals
I can’t tell the difference
is that an excuse?
– Do Me a Favour
Man is a four letter word
It’s really absurd
– Absolute Zero
I chose this lyric because of the depth it has. Back in the medieval times a four lettered word was considered to be a vulgar word. I just appreciate the depth this one quote it has.
You were my fire so I burned
Till there was nothing left of me
I touched your face
And held you close
Until I could barely breathe
Why? Give me hope?
And then give me up?
Just to be the death of me.
The list can just go on, while I’m at it. It’s like asking which one do I like more, the green striped candy or the red striped candy? Not going to happen bro.
I think the best part of being a fan of any band is the fact that you can relate to any of their songs in your own particular way. I find with the bands that I admire most I can relate to them the most, and that’s what makes them my favourite bands. With Corey’s ability to be this angst driven melodic bastard (he called fuckers so I call him a bastard), he has really seen a lot of teenagers through the 90s through their troubled teens and he continues to do so. He was around way before Linkin Park, for an example (but LP are still my favourite :P)
Also he is quite actually smart and intelligent for someone who has been personally through a lot, molestation, drug and physical abuse, etc. I am reading his book Seven Deadly Sins; Setting the argument and how he combines the argument for each sin and his life experiences that have led him to believe this way, is quite interesting. For an example, here’s a quote that reflects his argument about whether or not to allow homosexuality (by the way, Iowa his home state, was the first state in the US to legalise same sex-marriage)
I still maintain that it comes down to how comfortable people are with their own sexuality. The status quo has gone to great lengths to make sure the taboo is in the tablet. I mean, up until the 1960’s homosexuality was regarded as a fucking mental illness. Is that a big enough control issue for you? “Those in favor” chose to make people who were confused enough as it was feel like they were fucking crazy. Can you imagine having to go through shock therapy all because you wanted to sleep with whomever you were attracted to? It is so hard for the gay and lesbian community to trust us; we had to go and try and fuck with their minds, so I do not blame them in the slightest.
This man. Right here. Right now. New Iowa governor please? This book actually makes me want to read more about my idols (there’s no official Rob Bourdon biography right out there?). I’ve already got a Silverchair biography coming in and I’ve got a Marilyn Manson book on my to do. I wouldn’t mind doing a book review on it, when I’m done. God knows I still have to do one for Looking For Alibrandi.
If a Presidential election came down to Corey Taylor vs the rest of my idols, I would be a blubbery mess on the floor in the fetal position for the remainder of my life. But since the election is not going to happen, I won’t be doing the second part. But yes I owe myself some blog writing time and some reviews.