Tomorrow by Silverchair

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Tomorrow by Silverchair
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NFSA ID:
295091
Year:
1994
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‘Tomorrow’ was the breakthrough hit single for Silverchair, with a demo of the song winning them the national Pick Me band competition in April 1994.

It was initially released on their debut EP in September 1994 and appeared on the band's first full-length album, Frogstomp, in March 1995. 

Band members Daniel Johns and Ben Gillies wrote the track, drawing on the Seattle grunge style. Sung with adolescent intensity and energy (Johns had just turned 15 when it was recorded), the lyrics were inspired by a TV documentary about a rich man experiencing the losses of those less fortunate. 

The single spent six weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA singles chart and propelled Frogstomp to nine-times platinum status in Australia. 

At the 1995 ARIA Awards, ‘Tomorrow’ won Single of the Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist – Single, and Frogstomp picked up an additional two awards.

Re-recorded for the US market, and with a new music video, the song became a hit across the USA, hitting No. 1 on both the Billboard modern rock tracks and album rock tracks charts and becoming the most-played song on American modern rock radio in 1995.   

In a career that lasted just shy of 20 years, Silverchair (key line-up: Johns, Gillies and Chris Joannou) had five No. 1 albums, received six APRA Awards for songwriting and won more ARIA Awards than any other artists to date (21 awards from 49 nominations).

Image: Silverchair, publicity still. Courtesy Murmur Music, 1995.