Rusty Willoughby (born June 30, 1966) is an active American musician born in Staten Island and currently living in Redmond, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. As of 2011 , he has been vocalist, songwriter and guitarist or bass guitarist for several Seattle based bands: Pure Joy (1984–1989, 1997–2004), Flop (1990–1995), Llama (2005–2008), and Cobirds Unite (2010–). He also briefly played drums for the Fastbacks. He also played with Kurt Bloch of the Fastbacks, Jonathan Poneman (co-founder of the record label Sub Pop), and Scott Sutherland (of Seattle bands Model Rockets and Chemistry Set) in a Cheap Trick cover band called Sick Man of Europe, and appeared in the film Hype!, a documentary directed about the popularity of grunge rock.
In a 1999 review of Willoughby's self-titled solo album, Don Yates of KEXP-FM described his "Beatlesque songcraft" as "bring[ing] to mind the starker side of Elliott Smith."
- Rusty Willoughby (Scott Brookins, 1999)
- Filament Dust (self-released, 2009)
- "Here Come the Weakened" / "And the World Moves On" (Sub Pop, 1999, 7-inch vinyl)
Flop EPs and Singles
Pure Joy albums and EPs
- Pure Joy (Dwindle Music, 1986, EP)
- Carnivore (PopLlama, 1989)
- Sore Throte, Ded Goat (No Threes, 1989 or 1990, EP)
- Unsung (Flydaddy, recorded 1987, released 1994)
- Getz the Worm (Flydaddy, 1997)
- Purify (CD, Naïve, 1999)
- Gelatin and Bright (Book Records, 2003)
- ^ a b c THE FASTBACKS - Fly to the Rainbow (1989-1993 pt. 3), Sub Pop. Accessed online 2009-10-06.
- ^ a b Rusty Willoughby, KEXP-FM live performance October 5, 2002. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
- ^ Up & Coming, The Stranger, July 2, 2008. . Retrieved 5 October 2009.
- ^ (Home page), rustywilloughby.com. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
- ^ Fastbacks, Music Might. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
- ^ Fastbacks, Trouser Press, 2007. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
- ^ About Us, Sub Pop. Accessed online 2009-10-06.
- ^ Rusty Willoughby at the Internet Movie Database. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
- ^ Don Yates, Rusty Willoughby: Rusty Willoughby, KEXP-FM, June 15, 1999, accessed online 2009-10-05.