Tomorrow (Silverchair song)

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"Tomorrow"
Single by Silverchair
from the album Frogstomp
B-side "Acid Rain", "Blind", "Stoned"
Released 16 September 1994 (1994-09-16)
Format Extended play, MC, 7"
Recorded

Early 1994

Triple J studios, Sydney
Genre Grunge, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:28
Label Murmur
Writer(s) Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies
Producer(s) Phil McKellar
Silverchair singles chronology
"Tomorrow"
(1994)
"Pure Massacre"
(1995)
Alternative Covers
UK edition CD/7" vinyl single

"Tomorrow" is a song by Australian rock band Silverchair which was released on 16 September 1994 as their debut extended play and appeared on their first album, Frogstomp (27 March 1995). The track was written by the band's lead vocalist, lead guitarist and front man, Daniel Johns, and their drummer-percussionist, Ben Gillies. It was produced and engineered by Phil McKellar at national radio station, Triple J's studios for SBS-TV's show, Nomad, which aired on 16 June 1994. After the broadcast the band were signed to the Murmur label – a Sony Music subsidiary – which subsequently issued the EP.

"Tomorrow" became a breakthrough hit for Silverchair when it reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart in October and remained at the top position for six weeks. In the United States a re-recorded version was issued in the following year and also peaked at number one on both the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and the Album Rock Tracks charts; it made No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. In the United Kingdom, the song made No. 59 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1995. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the "angst-ridden single" as "from the standard grunge formula". At the ARIA Music Awards of 1995, "Tomorrow" won three awards in the categories 'Single of the Year', 'Highest Selling Single' and 'Breakthrough Artist – Single'; they won two further awards for their work on the related album, Frogstomp.

Background[edit]

Ben Gillies (on drums and percussion) and Daniel Johns (on lead vocals and lead guitar) co-wrote "Tomorrow" when they were performing with Chris Joannou (on bass guitar) as Innocent Criminals.[1][2] Innocent Criminals entered YouthRock, a competition for school-based bands, in 1994.[3] Early in that year they recorded demos of "Acid Rain", "Cicada", "Pure Massacre" and "Tomorrow" at Platinum Sound Studios.[1] Johns recalled making the demos "[w]e had just recorded that at a really cheap studio ... It cost about $75. We weren't in there for more than an hour. The version we entered went for about six minutes".[4]

In April 1994, the band won a national band competition called Pick Me, using their demo of "Tomorrow".[1][5] The competition was conducted by the SBS TV show Nomad and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) alternative radio station Triple J.[1][5] Johns explained writing "Tomorrow": "I saw on SBS once this documentary about a poor guy that takes a rich guy to a poor persons' hotel to experience what it's like being a poor person and that. And the rich guy is complaining to get out and that, and he has to wait 'til tomorrow to get out of the hotel".

As part of the prize, Triple J recorded the song and ABC filmed a video, which was aired on 16 June.[1][6] For the video's broadcast, they had changed their name to Silverchair (styled as silverchair until 2002).[1][7][8] On 16 September, their Triple J recording of "Tomorrow" was released as a four-track extended play with "Acid Rain", "Blind", and "Stoned".[1][9][10] From late October, it spent six weeks at number-one on the ARIA Singles Chart.[11][12] It also reached number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart in February 1995.[13]

In 1995, a re-recorded version of "Tomorrow" (and a new music video) was made for the United States market, becoming the most played song on US modern rock radio that year.[6] In the US it peaked at number one on both the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and the Album Rock Tracks charts; it made No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.[14][15] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the "angst-ridden single" as "from the standard grunge formula".[6][16] In the United Kingdom, the song made No. 59 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1995.[17]

On 20 October 1995, at the ARIA Music Awards, "Tomorrow" won three categories: 'Single of the Year', 'Highest Selling Single' and 'Breakthrough Artist – Single'; the group won two further awards for their work on the related album, Frogstomp.[18][19] At the ceremony they performed a cover version of Radio Birdman's "New Race" with Tim Rogers (of You Am I) joining them on stage.[8] Their trophies were collected by Josh Shirley, the young son of Frogstomp '​s producer, Kevin Shirley.[8]

On 9 December 1995 "Tomorrow" and "Pure Massacre" were performed by Silverchair on Saturday Night Live, hosted by David Alan Grier.[20] "Tomorrow" was used in "The Mystery of Morning Wood", an episode on season six of Beavis and Butt-head.[21] At the start of the episode the two main cartoon characters are singing Boston's "More Than a Feeling", then concluded that the song was stupid and ended by stating how the video fails to disturb them. The song is a downloadable track on Rock Band and Guitar Hero World Tour. The song "Stoned" from the Australian single release features in the Kevin Smith film Mallrats.[22] A re-recorded version of "Blind" was in the movie Cable Guy along with its soundtrack.

Silverchair continued to perform "Tomorrow" live until 1999 during the early leg of the Neon Ballroom tour, but it has not been played subsequently. Johns asserted that he preferred newer, more experimental material in concert. In February 2004 Australian rock musician Scott Owen of The Living End was asked for "the most influential Australian music release" and answered that it was Silverchair's "Tomorrow", he explained "it taught kids that if you give it a go you have the chance to take on the world".[23]

Music video[edit]

Two different music videos were released to promote "Tomorrow". The original version was made for SBS-TV show Nomad,[1] which was produced and directed from 1992 to 1994 by Kerry Negara.[24] It was broadcast on 16 June 1994 as part of the group's prize for winning the Pick Me competition.

The second version was shown in the US and is directed by Mark Pellington. It uses grunge rock music video clichés: harsh lighting, especially on the face; various disturbing images, such as a pig eating money and shots of a spider-like creature; quick shifting between random images; and handwritten notes – also used in Pearl Jam's video for "Jeremy", directed by Pellington. The US version of "Tomorrow" received high rotation on MTV which "led to an abundance of radio requests".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ben Gillies and Daniel Johns[2]

Tomorrow CD/MC EP (Original Australian version) (MATTCD001)/(MATTC001)
No. Title Length
1. "Tomorrow"   4:25
2. "Acid Rain"   3:26
3. "Blind"   4:52
4. "Stoned"   2:50
Total length:
15:33

Personnel[edit]

Silverchair members
Production and art work
  • Producer, engineer – Phil McKellar
    • Producer, recording, mixing (Album Version) – Kevin Shirley
    • Mastering (Album Version) – Ted Jensen
  • Studios – Triple J studios, Sydney
  • Photography – David Anderson

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards
Year Award Work Result
1995[18][19] Single of the Year "Tomorrow" Won
Highest Selling Single "Tomorrow" Won
Breakthrough Artist - Single "Tomorrow" Won
Song of the Year "Tomorrow" Nominated

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994/1995) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[12] 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[25] 42
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative Chart[26] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 1
UK Singles Chart[17] 59
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[14] 28
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[14] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Australia (ARIA)[27] 9
Chart (1995) Position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 19
Preceded by
"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" by Green Day
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
2–16 September 1995
Succeeded by
"Comedown" by Bush
Preceded by
"And Fools Shine On" by Brother Cane
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
23 September – 7 October 1995
Succeeded by
"Hard as a Rock" by AC/DC
Preceded by
"This Is a Call" by Foo Fighters
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
24 August - 4 September 1995
Succeeded by
"J.A.R." by Green Day

References[edit]

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  20. ^ "Episode: December 9, 1995". SNL Archives. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Beavis and Butt-Head – Season 6, Episode 2: 'The Mystery of Morning Wood'". TV.com. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
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External links[edit]

Tomorrow at youtube.com