Frogstomp

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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
Released 27 March 1995
Recorded 27 December 1994 – 17 January 1995
Studio Festival Studios, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia
Genre Grunge
Length 44:51
Label
Producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley
Silverchair chronology
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: 1995
  5. "Findaway"
    Released: 1995
20th Anniversary Edition cover

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

Release[edit]

Frogstomp was released on 25 March 1995 by record label Murmur.

It reached number 1 on Australian ARIA Albums Chart. In 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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B–[3]
Rolling Stone mildly favourable[4]
The Village Voice C[5]

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."[5] 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."[3] 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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
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[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 1
German Albums (Official Top 100)[7] 81
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 49
US Billboard 200[11] 9

Personnel[edit]

Silverchair

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Silverchair – News Archive – Silverchair 'Frogstomp' Turns 20 Today". chairpage.com. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Frogstomp – Silverchair | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (14 July 1995). "Music". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (2 February 1998). "[Frogstomp review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (28 November 1995). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Silverchair – Frogstomp". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Silverchair – Frogstomp". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Silverchair – Frogstomp". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Silverchair – Frogstomp". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Silverchair | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Silverchair – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Silverchair. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
Preceded by
Dookie by Green Day
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
9 April 1995 – 29 April 1995
Succeeded by
Three Legged Dog by The Cruel Sea