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|Birth name||Timothy Adrian Rogers|
|Born||20 September 1969|
|Associated acts||You Am I, T&T, The Bamboos, The Hillbilly Killers|
|Piers Crocker 'Crockenbacker'
Tim Rogers (born Timothy Adrian Rogers 20 September 1969) is an Australian musician, best known as the frontman of Australian rock band You Am I. He is also a solo artist, as well as having fronted and released albums with bands The Twin Set and The Temperance Union.
Originally from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Rogers moved around a lot during his adolescence, including stints in Adelaide and Canberra. Following his primary school years in Applecross, a suburb of Perth, Rogers later became School Captain at his Sydney-based school, Oakhill College. He then went on to study law at the Australian National University. It was during this time that he met long time You Am I band mate, Andy Kent (bass player), who originally was You Am I's sound mixer.
Rogers formed You Am I with his school friend Nick Tischler and his own older brother Jaimme Rogers in 1989, though the lineup shifted around early on, settling on Andy Kent on bass and Mark Tunaley on drums. After the recording of their first album, Sound As Ever, Tunaley was asked to leave the band and Russell Hopkinson joined, forming the 'classic' You Am I lineup. Second guitarist Davey Lane — initially part of The Twin Set touring band — joined in 1999. (for more history on You Am I, see You Am I History)
Also in 1999, Tim released his first solo album, What Rhymes With Cars And Girls. Not intended as a sign of You Am I's demise, it was simply a case of Rogers having some songs and some time to himself:
Recorded at Jen Anderson's (Weddings Parties Anything) home studio, the album showed a mellower side to Rogers' songwriting, being predominantly a country/folk affair, rather than the raucous rock You Am I were renowned for. Tim named the backing band for the album and consequent tour The Twin Set. He later won an ARIA award for Best Male Artist in for the album.
The initial release of You Am I's fifth album, Dress Me Slowly also contained a bonus disc entitled The Temperance Union EP, consisting of 8 songs Tim had recorded and written, mostly solo. He took the name of the EP — based loosely on the Woman's Christian Temperance Union — to name his backing band for his subsequent solo albums, starting with Spit Polish in 2004.
In 2006, Rogers teamed up with long-time friend Tex Perkins to form T'N'T, eventually releasing the album My Better Half, an eclectic mix of acoustic originals and cover tunes. The album received mixed reviews for its minimal production values and "tongue-in-cheek" covers, such as Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night".
On 29 September 2007, Rogers released his fourth solo album, The Luxury Of Hysteria — it is the first album for which Rogers' name has been solely credited (although, The Temperance Union performed on the album). Rogers also created his own record label, Ruby Q, to deal with the release.
Writing for The Age newspaper (Victoria, Australia), Michael Dwyer wrote in an October 2007 review:
Tim Rogers never sounded as lost as on this strange, beautiful album .... The first three songs are troubled inner monologues. A Quiet Night In and When Yer Sad infuse the act of being alone with Shakespearean gravity. Much of the rest is like personal correspondence, written late at night when feelings are raw and references obscure. There's no mistaking the mood, though: regret and bewilderment bounce off each other like booze and smokes.
Australian music writer, Ed Nimmervoll, described the album as: "Reflective, brutally honest and painful- but never self indulgent …"
Rogers has written for Australian publication, The Monthly, on two occasions, contributing a review of Don Walker (musician)'s musical memoir, Shots, in March 2009, and a small non-fiction piece in December 2010.
Movies, acting, television, media and theatre 
Rogers has been involved with two movie soundtracks over the course of his career, producing the Idiot Box soundtrack, together with Nick Launay, in 1999, as well as producing the soundtrack for Dirty Deeds, in which he also had a cameo appearance, together with You Am I. On both soundtracks, You Am I contributed several songs.
Along with You Am I's cameo in Dirty Deeds, Rogers has made various forays into acting. His first acting experience was a small cameo role in Jane Campion's Holy Smoke!, while his television acting debut occurred on the 28 July 2005, in an episode of ABC TV's medical drama series, MDA. In MDA, Rogers played "Joel Palmer", a rock star who donates a kidney to a daughter he didn’t know he had fathered. Rogers also acted in a Michael Weisler short film called Hunter Finkelstein, which was shown at the 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Rogers has often appeared as a guest on variety and entertainment shows, such as RocKwiz, Rove Live, Talkin' 'bout Your Generation and The Fat. Additionally, he appeared in sketches, as "himself", in both the second series of The Micallef Program and in the "Be a Rock Star" episode of Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure. Rogers' interview on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope (15 September 2008) coincided with the September 2008 launch of You Am I's eighth studio album.
In February 2009, Rogers made his professional stage debut at the Malthouse Theatre as 'The Entertainer' in its production of Woyzeck, a play directed by Michael Kantor, with music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
In 2012, Rogers composed the audio for Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding at the Malthouse Theatre. During November and December 2012, Rogers acts and composes the music for The Story of Mary MacLane By Herself, by Ride On Theatre‘s Bojana Novakovic (script adaptation) and Tanya Goldberg (director). Rogers performs originally-written compositions for the play, accompanied by musicians, Dan Witton and Andy Baylor. As with previous stage productions, the play's Melbourne, Australia, season is held at the Beckett Theatre of the Malthouse Theatre complex.
In 2003, a drunken Rogers taunted Australian Idol judge, Mark Holden, in an Adelaide airport terminal. He claimed that You Am I was told to 'make way' (from its record label) for new Idol winners. A physical altercation ensued and both parties were reprimanded by airport authorities.
At the 2004 Falls Festival, in Marion Bay, Tasmania, You Am I was one of the headline bands. However, Rogers apologised midway through the band's performance and walked off the stage. Guitarist, Davey Lane, tried to stop Rogers, but the lead singer became aggressive and continued on his way. The Age newspaper reported:
Rogers threw his guitar onto the stage mid-song, saying he couldn't continue, and stormed off, pushing another band member who also walked off-stage looking upset ... Rogers also was involved in an incident backstage with singer Missy Higgins which left her visibly upset ... But Higgins recovered and joined Melbourne band The Beautiful Girls on stage to entertain the crowd when Rogers stopped playing.
Less than a week later, Rogers posted on the You Am I website: "I fucked up and take total responsibility for my actions. I've got some problems with intoxicants that I haven't dealt with in a long time and it's come back and bit me." Rogers returned to Tasmania two months later to perform in the A Day On The Green series at Tolosa Park, alongside The Waifs and Pete Murray.
Sports fan 
An avid sports fan since childhood, Rogers enjoys the game of Australian rules football and has played in the 2005 Community Cup charity match for the Annual Sacred Heart Mission located in Melbourne, Australia; Rogers also participated in the Reclink Charity match for the homeless in 2009. He is also a supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club and joined in the fight against the Australian Football League's push to relocate the club to the Gold Coast, Queensland; as part of the protest, Rogers hosted a benefit concert, called "Roo-sistence", that featured You Am I, T'N'T and other popular Australian rock bands.
Rogers is also an avid fan of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Australian rugby league club and, together with Dan Sultan and Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), performed two Rolling Stones songs, "Brown Sugar" and "Start Me Up", at the opening ceremony of the 2010 NRL Grand Final.
In 2012, Rogers was the face of the Australian Football League (AFL) finals series, starring in a television commercial and a print advertising campaign. The advertisements, featuring the slogan, "This is Greatness", consisted of Rogers recounting some of the greatest AFL final moments in history.
Guitars and equipment 
Over the course of his career, Rogers has been most associated with a series of Rickenbacker 360F copies made by Sydney luthier, Piers Crocker, affectionately known as 'Crockenbackers'. Rogers owns four-of-the-five Crockenbackers in existence, including a 12-string, bought after borrowing Brad Shepherd's Fender Coronado 12-string to record Hourly, Daily. Rogers bought his first Crockenbacker just before the recording of Hi Fi Way and has used them ever since. Previous to Hi Fi Way, his main guitar was a Gibson ES-345.
Rogers has used various guitars alongside the Crockenbackers, predominantly Fender Telecasters, including a '52 Reissue, a 70s Telecaster Deluxe and a '72 Thinline Reissue. The latter guitar was given to Lane shortly after Lane joined the band. During the recording of Dilettantes, Rogers also began using Fender Jazzmasters, using them on all subsequent tours to-date, alongside the Crockenbackers.
For acoustics, Rogers predominantly used a Guild JF30 dreadnought and a custom-built Piers Crocker acoustic. He has also been seen playing Cole Clark Fat Lady acoustics; although, he has also been seen with Maton acoustics at various times.
Whilst recording Sound As Ever, Rogers became enamoured with Lee Ranaldo's Fender Tonemaster amplifier, and shortly thereafter, bought one for himself; he has used this amplifier for all You Am I work since the recording of Hi-Fi Way. For Rogers' work with The Temperance Union, he has used a Sunn combo amplifier.
Rogers uses an overdrive pedal and a tremolo pedal, the latter custom made by Colin Bloxom, as well as a wah pedal and, occasionally, a Route 66 overdrive/compression pedal. Rogers also uses an overdrive pedal that was built by Ramblin' Guitars.
Rogers has stated that one of his most important musical tools is a capo: "Probably 90 per cent of every song I've ever written involves a capo ... When first using one, the possibilities of things become realisations, and you could write in different keys and things. I think I want to be buried with one."
Backing bands 
Over the course of his solo albums, Rogers has utilised the support of two main backing bands; however, membership between the two has overlapped.
|The Twin Set|
|Past members||Tim Rogers (vox/guitar)
Davey Lane (guitar)
Ian Kitney (drums)
Stuart Speed (upright bass)
Jen Anderson (violin)
The Twin Set 
Formed from the recording of What Rhymes With Cars And Girls, The Twin Set was country and folk-influenced. The band featured Jen Anderson (from Weddings Parties Anything), Lane (who would shortly afterwards join You Am I on lead guitar), as well as Stuart Speed and Ian Kitney, who would go on to form the rhythm section for The Temperance Union.
|The Temperance Union|
|Labels||Festival Mushroom Records, Ruby Q|
|Members||Tim Rogers (vox/guitar)
Shane O’Mara (guitar)
Ian Kitney (drums)
Pete Lawler (bass 2006-)
Louis Macklin (piano 2007-)
|Past members||Stuart Speed (bass 2004-2005)|
The Temperance Union 
Consisting of The Twin Set's rhythm section, together with guitarist, Shane O'Mara (from Rebecca's Empire and Paul Kelly's band), The Temperance Union maintained the country influence of The Twin Set, but added a rock 'n' roll element. After the recording of Dirty Ron/Ghost Songs, Speed passed away and was replaced by Peter Lawler (aka "Dr Pump").
- You Am I:
- See You Am I article
- with The Twin Set:
- What Rhymes With Cars And Girls (1999) - #14 Australia
- The Temperance Union:
- T'N'T (Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins):
- My Better Half (2006)
- Tim Rogers:
- The Temperance Union EP (bonus eight-track EP released with You Am I's Dress Me Slowly digipack release) (2001)
- Vampires/Cleveland (limited edition 7" vinyl release recorded with The Temperance Union) (2004)
Movie Soundtracks 
- George Negus; Brendan Hutchens (30). "Tim Rogers". GNT People. ABC. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Andrew Denton (15). "Tim Rogers". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. ABC. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- What Rhymes…, You Am I.net[dead link]
- Nowland (28). "Whose better half? Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins". FasterLouder. FasterLouder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Tim Rogers Bathes in the Luxury of Hysteria.". Indie Initiative. Indie Initiative. 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Aaron Curran (2013). "Tim Rogers The Luxury of Hysteria". Mess and Noise. Mess+Noise p/l. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "The Sideshow – Episode 17: Saturday September 29, 2007". ABC. ABC. 29. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Michael Dwyer (4 October 2007). "The Luxury of Hysteria". The Age. The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Tim Rogers (5 March 2009). "Noted: 'Shots' by Don Walker". The Monthly (Schwartz Publishing). Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- Tim Rogers (2 December 2010). "The Nation Reviewed: Christmas Blues". The Monthly (Schwartz Publishing). Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- Darren Levin (23). "Rock Opera Reborn". Mess+Noise. Mess+Noise p/l. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Malthouse Theatre; Garth Oriander, Jeff Busby (August 2012). "Blood Wedding 21 JULY - 19 AUGUST Merlyn Theatre". Malthouse Theatre. Malthouse Theatre. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself". Malthouse Theatre. Malthouse Theatre. October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- AAP (1 January 2005). "Not as drunk as You Am I". The Age. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "A Day on the Green Featuring: Pete Murray + The Waifs + Tim Rogers + Linc LeFevre" (Photo upload). TheDwarf.com.au. thedwarf.com.au. 13. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Martin Boulton; compass (2). "Rocker fronts Kangas' resistance to AFL Gold Coast push" (Discussion board). Big Footy. Big Footy. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Channel Nine (29). "2010 NRL GRAND FINAL LIVE IN 3D ON NINE". throng. Throng Ltd. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- deepee13 (27). "Cricket Australia ad" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Darren Levin (19). "Watch: Tim Rogers stars in AFL finals campaign". FasterLouder. FasterLouder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Australian Guitar Magazine, Vol 53
- Australian Guitar Magazine, Vol 62
- "Wish You Were Here (2012)". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. 1990–2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
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