Abuse Me

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"Abuse Me"
Single by Silverchair
from the album Freak Show
B-side "Undecided"
Released April, 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Post-grunge
Length 4:05
Label Murmur
Writer(s) Daniel Johns
Producer(s) Nick Launay
Silverchair singles chronology
"Abuse Me"

"Abuse Me" was the second single from Silverchair's second 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.

Track listing[edit]

Australian CD single (MATTCD049)/ltd. 7" (MATTV049)

  1. "Abuse Me"
  2. "Undecided"
  3. "Freak (Remix for Us Rejects)"
  • The song "Undecided" is not the Silverchair original song included in the Frogstomp album. This song was originally by The Masters Apprentices.
    • The Ltd. 7" edition is now Deleted and VERY hard to find.

UK Single CD1 (6643681)

  1. "Abuse Me"
  2. "Freak (Remix for Us Rejects)"

UK Single CD2 (6647905)

  1. "Abuse Me"
  2. "Surfin' Bird"
  3. "Slab" (Nicklaunoise Mix)
  • Contains fold out Poster.

European CD Single (6647902)

  1. "Abuse Me"
  2. "Freak (Remix for Us Rejects)"
  3. "Blind"

US Promo CD (ESK9310)

  1. "Abuse Me"
  • This promo version has the same cover of the "Freak" single.


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 9
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2][3] 7
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[4] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 44
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[6] 40
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 4
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[3] 4
Preceded by
"Lakini's Juice" by Live
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
March 24–31, 1997
Succeeded by
"Precious Declaration" by Collective Soul


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