Silverchair – Frogstomp

ARTIST: Silverchair                                        SilverchairFrogstompAlbumcover

TITLE:  Frogstomp


CHART ACTION: #9 US, #1 Heatseekers, #49 UK

SINGLES: Tomorrow (#1 Mainstream, #1 Modern, #59 UK), Pure Massacre (#12 Mainstream, #17 Modern, #71 UK), Israel’s Son (#39 Mainstream), Shade


LINEUP: Daniel John, Ben Gillies, Chris Joannou

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Australian teenagers release their middle-school angst as modern rock songs. It’s better than you’d think for 15-year olds, but they’re still aping Pearl Jam quite a bit.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After become a sensation in Australia, the US modern / alternative rock industry (which was just as much as an industry as traditional rock) glommed onto “Tomorrow” in their relentless quest to find the next Pearl Jam (or Nirvana or you name it). They succeeded here, as Silverchair became a smash on rock radio and sold a lot of albums.

The fact that the band was a trio who would be freshmen in high school wasn’t a concern. They did sound older than their years, and their songs were pretty heady for kids that young. While they weren’t THAT original, they were good enough to be legit, and wound up better than many other ‘new Pearl Jam’ bands (or whatever…)

I didn’t like it when it was out, probably due to the overwhelming plays on my alternative rock station of choice, but listening now, it’s not that bad, and actually some tracks are pretty classic 90’s grungy alt-rock.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This hit #1 in Australia, and pretty quickly.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a 20th anniversary release.


GRADE: B-:  Not horrible, not original, but not horrible.

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