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Frogstomp
A photo of a green frog in front of a white background, with "Silverchair" written above and "Frogstomp" written below it in a handwritten-style font.
Studio album by Silverchair
Released27 March 1995
Recorded27 December 1994 – 17 January 1995
StudioFestival Studios, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia
GenreGrunge
Length44:51
Label
ProducerKevin "Caveman" Shirley
Silverchair chronology
Tomorrow
(1994)
Frogstomp
(1995)
Freak Show
(1997)
Singles from Frogstomp
  1. "Tomorrow"
    Released: 16 September 1994
  2. "Pure Massacre"
    Released: 16 January 1995
  3. "Israel's Son"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Shade"
    Released: 29 May 1995
  5. "Findaway"
    Released: 1995

Frogstomp is the debut studio album by Australian alternative rock band Silverchair. It was released on 27 March 1995, when the members were only 15 years of age, by record label Murmur.

Recording

Frogstomp was recorded in 9 days.[1]

When asked if the record was made live in the studio, singer and guitarist Daniel Johns said:

Yeah, that’s the thing that I do really like about that album — it sounds exactly like we sounded. There was no big American producer calling the shots behind the desk and telling us to do this, this and this. It was literally this guy, Kevin Shirley, who was a great producer, just saying, "I want it to sound like you guys, but I want it to sound really f—ing loud and I want the guitars really f—ing loud." So to me, I was like, f—ing yeah! The songwriting might not be genius, but I think sonically, the performances are really good. It’s really honest; it’s just three Australian kids thrashing it out in the studio and that’s exactly how it sounds.[2]

Title

When asked why the album's name is Frostomp, Johns said:

I was at a guy from our record company's house one night and I was looking through his CDs because he's got a really good collection. I found this '60s pop collection record and I was just going (laughs), "Why do you have this?" I looked at the back and there was this song that some guy did called frogstomp and I said, "That's a pretty good name." (laughs) I just rang up Ben and Chris and we just thought it was really funny so we used it for the album.[1]

Release

Frogstomp was released on 27 March 1995 by record label Murmur.

It reached number 1 on Australian ARIA Albums Chart. On 20 June 1995, Frogstomp was released by Epic in the United States. It has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

The LP version of the album is sold in a green vinyl with "Blind" as a bonus track limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. There is also a limited cassette edition of the album.

In March 2015, a remastered edition of the album was released as a two-CD/DVD set to mark the twentieth anniversary of its release.[3]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[5]
Rolling Stonemildly favourable[6]
The Village VoiceC[7]

Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote: "every once in a while in this business you catch yourself thinking that teenagers don't know dick. These Aussie adolescents admire Nirvana and Pearl Jam, which is cute, and sound like Pearl Jam, which is natural – almost exactly like Pearl Jam except no good, which is useless."[7] Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "the songs on Frogstomp almost all start out like dreary Metallica ballads and build toward gloomy, by-the-numbers grunge."[5] David Fricke of Rolling Stone, on the other hand, wrote: "Truly shameless wanna-be's [sic] like Bush should be so lucky to have the hard smarts that Silverchair – particularly the band's main writers, singer-guitarist Daniel Johns and drummer Ben Gillies – show on such Frogstomp-ers as 'Pure Massacre' and 'Israel's Son'. When these guys turn 18, they'll really be dangerous."[6]

Legacy

In 2015, James Rose of the Daily Review wrote of the album, "As an album in its own right, it’s pretty good. As a debut by three 15 year olds, it's about as good as it gets. There are still kids out there today listening to Frogstomp and shitting themselves. And so they should."[8]

Track listing

All tracks written by Daniel Johns and Ben Gillies, except as noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Israel's Son" (Johns)5:18
2."Tomorrow"4:26
3."Faultline"4:19
4."Pure Massacre"4:58
5."Shade"4:01
6."Leave Me Out"3:03
7."Suicidal Dream" (Johns)3:12
8."Madman" (Johns)2:43
9."Undecided"4:36
10."Cicada"5:10
11."Findaway" (Johns)2:56

Chart positions

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 81
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 49
US Billboard 200[14] 9

Personnel

Silverchair

References

  1. ^ a b "Silverchair - Press - Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Interview with Daniel Johns". www.chairpage.com.
  2. ^ "Daniel Johns Reflects on Silverchair's Debut, 'Frogstomp'". Diffuser.fm.
  3. ^ "Silverchair – News Archive – Silverchair 'Frogstomp' Turns 20 Today". chairpage.com. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Frogstomp – Silverchair | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (14 July 1995). "Music". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b Fricke, David (2 February 1998). "[Frogstomp review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (28 November 1995). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  8. ^ "20 years since: Silverchair's Frogstomp - Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more". Dailyreview.com.au. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Silverchair – Frogstomp". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Silverchair – Frogstomp". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Silverchair – Frogstomp". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Silverchair – Frogstomp". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Silverchair | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Silverchair Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
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