Pyrmont

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On this day in music history: March 27, 1995 - “Frogstomp”, the debut album by Silverchair is released. Produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, it is recorded at Festival Studios in Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia from December 27, 1994 - January 17, 1995. Formed only three years before as Death Rides A Sandwich (before changing their name), the Australian rock trio consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Daniel Johns, bassist Chris Joannu, and drummer Ben Gillies, get their big break in 1994 when they enter a demo competition conducted by the television show “Nomad” and Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio station Triple J. When they win the competition they are signed to Murmur Records (an Australian subsidiary of Sony Music), and are signed to Epic Records throughout the rest of the world. Their debut album is recorded in just three weeks, all of the members are only fifteen years old at the time of its release. It is an immediate hit on alternative and mainstream rock radio, spinning off five singles including “Tomorrow” (#1 Alternative and Mainstream Rock). “Frogstomp” hits number one on the Australian album chart (going 9x Platinum), peaking at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Where do you do your groceries?

Ultimo Orange Supermarket 

“It’s OK because it’s really close-by, and it’s cheaper than all those convenience stores. Sometimes they have cheap boc-choy and mushrooms, but mostly the produce isn’t good, and it doesn’t stock the things I need.”

Sydney Fish Markets

“It’s funny, I live in Ultimo but I never think to go here. Maybe if the entrance was more inviting for people on foot, I might remember to buy fish more often." 

Paddy’s Markets

"Well, it’s definitely the cheapest place to get produce. Also the most fun. The plastic bags bug me though – it’s hard not to leave without 10 plastic bags that you said no to, but somehow ended up with anyway." 

Coles World Square

"Sometimes I stop by on the way home from the city. I try not to shop at Woolworths or Coles but sometimes it’s the only way. Carrying shopping bags from the city to Ultimo is pretty exhausting though.”

IGA Haymarket

“This place is crowded and hard to find things in. Don’t go there for the produce, but you can get some good stuff if you’re into Asian groceries. And the homewares are cheap –  Chinese crockery, woks, pans, mortar & pestles, all that.”

Broadway Shopping Centre

“This is the most obvious option for me – free parking, lots of different stores… but Harris Farm’s delights are sending me bankrupt, and I regularly get disoriented and confused in the car-park maze. If I walk there … it’s a mean uphill journey, with heavy green bags, back into Ultimo.”

IGA Pyrmont

“I never go here! But I really should. I guess it’s a bit of a trek back into Ultimo, but I bet is has better produce than the IGA in Haymarket. It looks big.”

Pyrmont Farmers Markets

“I wish I got up early enough to remember to go down there…”