The song reached number 1 in the Australian charts, being the second single by Silverchair to reach that position. The first single of Silverchair's to reach number 1 was the lead single from Frogstomp (1995), "Tomorrow", which was released in 1994. This feat was not repeated by the band until ten years later, with "Straight Lines", the lead single from their 2007 album Young Modern.
The video features the band playing in an oven-chamber, monitored by a scientist in a control room. Their sweat is collected, received by a doctor and taken to a wrinkled-up woman in an adjoining room. The doctor touches part of her flesh with the sweat, and it smoothens. The doctor injects a large amount of sweat into the woman, and she regresses to being middle-aged. The doctor calls for more sweat, so the scientist turns up the heat in the oven-chamber, causing the band members to sweat even more. Their sweat drains into a sort of water cooler, where the doctor collects a glass of it. She gives this to the woman, and when she drinks it, her youth returns. However, she is still not satisfied, so she orders and drinks another dose and turns into an alien mutant. However, she loves the new look and pays the doctor. When this is all done, the heat lamps are turned off, and the room now seems to appear very cold. The band punch out their time cards and walk out.
The video was honoured as best Australian music video in the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.
Freak was featured on a episode called "Malled" on the show Daria.
Freak's Remix is in the Movie Head On.
The band members were sprayed with a lot of water to make it look like they were sweating a lot, and then the scientist would come on stage with prongs and a cotton ball and wipe a little bit of 'sweat' off of them and put it in a container.
They did not have to do that many takes, but they did film each section different ways, so they'd have a good variety of things to edit together. At first they had all three members on stage, then one would step off and they'd just use two, and then they filmed each band member individually.
The scenes with the old woman were filmed separately at another studio.
UK CD Single (6640765)
(Includes Collectable Cards) Also available in 10" (664076 0) ltd Edition with black cover.
Ltd US 7" (ES7 9355) (Red Cover)
European CD Single (6640762)
Promo 1-sided 12" Vinyl (4950201A1)
US Promo CD (ESK9342) (Red Cover)