The Dissociatives (album)

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The Dissociatives
Studio album by The Dissociatives
Released 5 April 2004
Recorded Late 2003
Genre Alternative rock
Pop rock
Length 43:42
Label Eleven
Producer Paul Mac
The Dissociatives chronology
I Can't Believe It's Not Rock (EP)
The Dissociatives
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Music Emissions (favorable)[2]
musicOMH (favorable)[3]
Pitchfork Media (2.5/10)[4]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[5]

The Dissociatives is an album by the Australian duo of the same name consisting of Daniel Johns of Silverchair and Australian dance music producer Paul Mac. The band met when Paul Mac remixed the Silverchair song "Freak" off the Freak Show album and subsequent albums Neon Ballroom and Diorama. The two worked on the experimental "I Can't Believe It's Not Rock" EP released in 2000.

In mid-2003, Daniel Johns and Paul Mac got together to produce the album recording the basic tracks in London and finishing it off in Sydney and Newcastle. The pair produced all the instrumental tracks and vocals themselves with Johns writing the lyrics and recording them in Newcastle.

The pair described the music and lyrics in the April 2004 Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. "The music is, for me, a combination of excitement, happiness, rambunctiousness and vicaciousness, done to whimsy," Johns said. "I'd add with a hint of melancholy, but it's more outweighed by joy," added Mac. Rolling Stone Australia described the sound of the debut single as a "happy sort of Radiohead."

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We're Much Preferred Customers" – 5:46
  2. "Somewhere Down the Barrel" – 4:39
  3. "Horror with Eyeballs" – 4:45
  4. "Lifting the Veil from the Braille" – 4:18
  5. "Forever and a Day" – 4:49
  6. "Thinking in Reverse" – 3:41
  7. "Paris Circa 2007slash08" – 3:52
  8. "Young Man, Old Man (You Ain't Better Than the Rest)" – 4:31
  9. "Aaängry Megaphone Man" – 4:52
  10. "Sleep Well Tonight" – 2:29

Bonus track[edit]

Chart success[edit]

"Somewhere Down The Barrel" entered the Australian Top 40 charts on debut on 15 March 2004 and was one of the five most played tracks on Australian radio in early March of that year. Given that Silverchair sold more albums in Australia in the 1990s than any other Australian artist, the debut album "the Dissociatives" was expected to be one of the best selling albums released in Australia when it was released on 5 April in that country.

Awards and nominations[edit]



Release details[edit]

The album was released in various countries.

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 5 April 2004 Eleven CD ELEVENCD23
United States 29 March 2005 Astralwerks CD 577944
United Kingdom 2 May 2005 Virgin Records CD CDVIR217
Japan 25 May 2005 Toshiba-EMI CD VJCP-68751


  1. ^ Anderson, Rick (2004-04-27). "Dissociatives - The Dissociatives". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "The Dissociatives - The Dissociatives Review from". Music Emissions. 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ "The Dissociatives - The Dissociatives | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "The Dissociatives: The Dissociatives | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Schiller, Mike. "The Dissociatives: self-titled < PopMatters". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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