The second single from the Whiplash album reached 12 in the UK Singles Charts.
CD JIMDD 17 – Tomorrow / Lost A Friend (live) / Come Home (live) / Greenpeace (live)
CD JIMCD 17 – Tomorrow / Gone Too Far / Honest Pleasure / All One To Me
CD JIMED 17 – Tomorrow / Tomorrow (Full On Vibe Mix) / Tomorrow (Archive Mix) / Tomorrow (Droppin’ Cake Mix)
|21st April 1997
|CD JIMDD 17; CD JIMCD 17; CD JIMED 17
Following the Top 10 success of She’s A Star and the Whiplash album and a sold-out UK tour, James released Tomorrow as the second single from the album, having resurrected the track from the Wah Wah album and rerecorded it with a more conventional sound. The obligatory TFI Friday performance and a Radio 1 session for Mary Ann Hobbs preceded the single release.
As with She’s A Star, the single was released on three CDs. The first featured three tracks recorded live for Radio 1’s Mark Radcliffe show in January. Three new tracks – All One To Me, Gone Too Far and Honest Pleasure, the pick of the b-sides from the Whiplash singles, were featured on the second CD. Rather unsuccessful remixes of the title track by Fila Brazilia, Midfield General and Archive made up the third CD. Artwork for the singles was again designed by Blue Source and photography by Davies and Davies.
The video featured the band playing the song stood in large circle with a camera spinning round at high speed above them causing them to duck and dive to avoid being hit. Whilst a relatively simple concept, the video complemented the energy of the song perfectly.
A poster campaign with the fetching slogan “Tomorrow : Coming Soon” preceded the release. The singles were once again priced at £1.99 each in attempt to boost sales. Tomorrow entered the charts at number 12, another commendable performance, although it was to fall sharply in the following weeks.
Don’t write off the old ponces off just yet – this is classic latter-day James, a huge anthemic stadium sparkler, co-written by Eno and the perfect vehicle for Tim Booth’s Broadway show-stopping tendencies. The extra tracks flirt with jungle, glam and even rap, but James don’t really make convincing postmodern dilettantes. Tomorrow is what they’re still great at; soaring sincerity, heroic emotion, wide-eyed new-aged optimism. Recently Booth has been instructing his live audience to ignore what the music press says, so here’s our advice : THIS IS A FINE RECORD, GO OUT AND BUY IT. There you go – ignore that at your leisure.