Joel Silbersher

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Joel Silbersher
Also known as Joel Rock'n'Roll, Melonman
Born 1971
Genres rock
Occupation(s) DJ, musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Drums
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Hoss, Tendrils, Dirty Three, Tex Perkins, GOD, Headland, Melonman, Chromenips, The Doodads, The Freedom Jabbers , The Dark Horses, The Ancient Meat, The Baggage Handlers

Joel Silbersher is a musician from Melbourne, Australia, who was the singer and guitar player for rock and roll band, GOD (1986–1989).[1][2] GOD had a minor but enduring hit with "My Pal," a song written by Silbersher.[3] Since its release in 1988, "My Pal" has been covered by bands such as Dinosaur Jr, Magic Dirt, Violent Soho, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Peabody. At the closing of Melbourne's Tote Hotel,[4] Silbersher and The Drones played "My Pal" as the very last song.[5][6]

Silbersher went on to form Hoss and Tendrils, with Charlie Owen, also working with Tex Perkins' Dark Horses and Dirty Three.[7] He has recorded as a solo artist, releasing the album Greasy Lens on King Crab Records in October 2002.[8]Silbersher has appeared on many records, particularly Darkhorses and Murray Paterson's Headland albums, but has barely released anything of his own in the last decade. Occasional seven inches by Hoss and Joel have popped up, the most recent being 'Time to Go' by Hoss and 'No Teeth' by Joel Silbersher.. The second solo Silbersher album "I came as soon as I heard' is due soon as is HOSS' 'A Shooter's sandwich" album, their first in 17 years.

Silbersher is the singing voice of Glenn Robbins' lead singer character in the reward-winning 'elderly boyband' spoof 'Boytown' He claims it is the best job he'd ever had.


  1. ^ McFarlane 'God' entry. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) Silbersher, Joel[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  3. ^ Murray, Jim (September 10, 2005). "GOD". article. Mess and Noise. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Donovan, Patrick (January 19, 2010). "Nostalgia and anger as lights go down on Tote". The Age. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ McGuire, Jess (Jan 19, 2010). "The Drones and Joel Silbersher play My Pal". Defamer. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Lyngcoln, Tom from The Nation Blue (January 20, 2010). "Tote's End - The Last Goodbye". Triple J radio website. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hoss: A million people seem to be always be wrong". Faster Louder. November 22, 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) SILBERSHER, Joel[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 

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