You Am I

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You Am I
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Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1989–present
Labels rooArt/Ra, Virgin/EMI, Restless
Associated acts Tim Rogers, The Pictures, Tex Perkins, The Wrights
Members Tim Rogers
David Lane
Andy Kent
Rusty Hopkinson
Past members Jaimme Rogers
Nick Tischler
Mark Tunaley
Greg Hitchcock

You Am I is an Australian alternative rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter, Tim Rogers. You Am I is the first Australian band to have released three successive albums that have debuted in the #1 position on the ARIA Charts and have received ten ARIA awards since inception. The band has supported popular bands, such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth and Oasis.

You Am I's album, Hi Fi Way, appeared in the ninth position in the book, The 100 Best Australian Albums, and two of the band's albums were voted into the "Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time" list compiled by Australian youth radio station, Triple J.[1][2]



Rogers formed the first version of the band with his school friend, Nick Tischler, and his older brother, Jaimme, in December 1989. The band's name was derived from late-night sessions under the influence of alcohol.[citation needed] This initial line-up was short-lived and by the end of 1990 both Nick and Jaimme had left the band. (In the band's 1993 song "Jaimme's Got A Gal," Tim explains why his brother left.) They were replaced by the group's one-time sound mixer, Andy Kent (bass), and Mark Tunaley on drums.

Sound As Ever[edit]

The band released several EPs and singles in the early 90s, though the real breakthrough came when Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth caught the band performing at the 1993's Big Day Out festival. Ranaldo also produced their debut album, Sound As Ever. The album went on to win the 1993 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release. The band was signed to Ra Records, an alternative rock oriented sub-branch of rooArt Records, with U.S. distribution by Restless Records.

After the release of the first album, Tunaley and the band parted ways. He was replaced by Russell Hopkinson (formerly of the band Nursery Crimes), creating the core line-up of the band to the present day. Since then, the line-up has been augmented by David Lane of The Pictures on second guitar. Lane is said to have come to the band's attention via his own work with The Pictures, and by transcribing, with extreme accuracy, the band's guitar tabs on a You Am I web website.[3] Lane has also said (on The Cream & The Crock documentary) that he almost decided not to be a part of the band, saying he was "fucking up his favourite band by playing in it" after playing his first show with them and stuffing up a bunch of solos.

United States tour[edit]

You Am I had toured the United States beginning in the mid-'90s, including playing with Soundgarden on the Lollapalooza festival, Redd Kross, The Strokes, and Smoking Popes. (Soundgarden first came across them at the 1994 Big Day Out festival.[4]) Despite little success in The States, the band became well known throughout Australia.

Hi Fi Way[edit]

Further success came with the album, Hi Fi Way, and it received an ARIA Award.[5]

Hourly, Daily[edit]

Hourly, Daily was the first album released on the Shock label to go to number one in the ARIA charts upon launch. These albums were marked by retro-inspired '60s bop and folky 12 string melodies, a departure from the band's earlier hard rock/ grunge sound.

#4 Record[edit]

Subtle country influences were apparent on their 1998 #4 Record, that included "Heavy Heart."

Dress Me Slowly[edit]

After an album absence prolonged by touring and record label interference, Dress Me Slowly was released April 2001. Dress Me Slowly was guitarist David Lane's first bona fide appearance on a studio record.


Deliverance was released in 2002, but did not enjoy the kind of critical and commercial success that the band's earlier work had enjoyed. The band released "Who Put The Devil In You?" as a download-only internet single that year.

In September 2003, the band parted ways with its record label BMG, with whom it had been signed in 1998 after BMG acquired rooArt Records.


In late 2005, You Am I recorded their seventh studio album entitled Convicts with producer Greg Wales. The title is believed to be a tongue in cheek dig of English people referring to Australians as convicts because of their First Fleet origins. It may also refer to the alternate name used by the band to perform secret gigs during the Hi Fi Way#4 Record era. The album was released on 13 May 2006 on the band's new record label, Virgin. The Convicts album was also released in the USA on Yep Roc Records. The band toured America in the autumn and summer of 2007 to promote the record.


Rogers and Hopkinson during a You Am I concert at the ANU Bar in November 2008

The band's 8th studio album, Dilettantes, was released on 13 September 2008,[6][7] alongside the radio-only single Erasmus. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Australian Music charts, and number twelve on the overall chart.

In August 2010, it was announced that they had left EMI to sign with new Sydney label Other Tongues.

You Am I[edit]

The band's ninth self-titled album was released on 8 October 2010.[8] In an interview with music journalist Nick Milligan on 24 September 2010, Rogers said of the ninth You Am I album:

I'm still bewildered by this record. I haven't gotten my head around it. It was extraordinary making it and I don't feel like I've finished the creation of it. I'm still yet to understand it. I like that. I think with previous records I felt I understood what went on and what we were supposed to do. What it's references were. With this [record] I just let myself freefall into it and get lost in the creation of it. I haven't got a grasp on it and I'm enjoying the exhilaration of that. I'm still listening to this record wondering who the person was that wrote that ... and whether I'd like to meet him.[9]

20th anniversary of Sound As Ever[edit]

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, reissues of Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily will be released on 7 June 2013, and You Am I will perform the latter two albums in full, back-to-back, from June to August 2013 during a national tour. Additionally, an official announcement is scheduled for the week beginning 27 May 2013 for the release of a 'Brew Am I' beer that was crafted by Sydney, Australia's Young Henry brewery.[10]

The limited edition beer will be sold at the brewery, local bottleshops and the venues of the June–August 2013 national tour.[11]

Live performance[edit]

On 29 January 2005, You Am I performed at WaveAid, which was to raise money for the relief effort after hundreds of thousands of people were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tidal wave disaster.[12]

You Am I performed at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 14 March 2009 for Sound Relief, a benefit concert for victims of the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires and the Queensland Floods.[13][14][15]

You Am I performed at the 2010 NRL Grand Final in October.

Side projects[edit]

In 1999, front man Tim Rogers released his first solo album What Rhymes With Cars And Girls.

In the four years between Deliverance and You Am I's next album, Convicts, both Lane and Rogers kept busy with their own solo projects. Lane performed at the 2004 ARIA Music Awards as part of the supergroup The Wrights, featuring members of many other Australian rock bands, and in 2005 released an LP with The Pictures, Pieces of Eight. Rogers released two albums with The Temperance Union in this period — Spit Polish in 2004 and the Dirty Ron/Ghost Songs double album in 2005.

Awards and achievements[edit]

In July 2009, You Am I came in at No. 52 with "Berlin Chair" in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public.[16]


At the Falls Festival held at Marion Bay over New Year's Eve of 2004/05, You Am I were scheduled to play a set. Tim Rogers appeared heavily intoxicated on stage, and when a fight broke out between band members, You Am I were forced off stage much to the disappointment of festival goers. John Butler and Missy Higgins were re-called onto stage to do a quick impromptu to fill the hour set-time.

Former members[edit]

Jaimme Rogers and Nick Tischler were in an early incarnation of the band, lasting December 1989 to the end of 1990. This line-up is not known to have recorded any music.

Mark Tunaley was the band's first "official" drummer, and is You Am I's only drummer to date to employ heavy metal style of drumming, which included double bass drum parts. He left the group shortly after the recording of Sound As Ever, due to differing perceptions of the band's direction. His sole songwriting contribution to the band ('Off The Field') was left off the US release of the album.

Greg Hitchcock, formerly of The Verys, was a touring member of the band for the Hourly, Daily era. He played guitar and electric piano with the band for some time up until #4 Record. He was never formally a member of the band, but appeared in the video clips for 'Soldiers', 'Good Mornin' and 'Tuesday' (though ironically not in the 'Trike' clip, on which he actually played the organ solo). Rogers later said that he was never quite comfortable with the electric piano on stage because he felt the band lost its spontaneous feel.





Year Title ARIA Chart Triple J Hottest 100 Album
1993 "Adam's Ribs" - 50 Sound As Ever
1994 "Berlin Chair" - 23
"Jaimme's Got a Gal" - 77
"When You Got Dry/How Much Is Enough" - - Hi Fi Way
1995 "Cathy's Clown" 36 84
"Jewels and Bullets" - 93
"Purple Sneakers" - 24
"Mr. Milk" 50 - Hourly, Daily
1996 "Soldiers" 33 80
"Good Mornin'" 44 84
1997 "Tuesday" 29 -
"Trike" 29 -
1998 "What I Don't Know 'bout You" 23 - #4 Record
"Rumble" - 65
"Heavy Heart" 49 9
2000 "Damage" 37 23 Dress Me Slowly
"Get Up" 44 57
2001 "Kick a Hole in the Sky" - 56
2002 "Who Put the Devil in You" - 79 Deliverance
2003 "Deliverance" - -
2006 "It Ain't Funny How We Don't Talk Anymore" - - Convicts
"Friends Like You" - -
2008 "Erasmus" - - Dilettantes
"Beau Geste" - -
2009 "Givin' Up and Gettin Fat" - -
2010 "Shuck" - - You Am I
"Trigger Finger" - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ash (26 October 2010). "NEWS.". Pedestrian.TV. Pedestrian Group Pty Ltd. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time". triple j. ABC. 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Last Thing You Can Depend on from Corpolalia". 21 January 2003. Archived from the original on 21 January 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Soap. "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Artist". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Music Games DVDs at JB HIFI Australia". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "You Am I – Music". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "You Am I Prepare 'Adventurous' New Album – News". 12 August 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Nick Milligan (September 2010). "Press: Welcome To The New You". You Am I (from The Maitland Mercury). You Am I. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Darren Levin (24 May 2013). "You Am I beer: For that hourly, daily thirst". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  11. ^ You Am I (May 2013). "Home". Brew Am I. Young Henrys. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "About WaveAid". WaveAid. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  13. ^ Brumby, John (24 February 2009). "Artists Unite For 'Sound Relief' Bushfire Benefit – Premier of Victoria, Australia". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  14. ^ Mitchell, Geraldine (24 February 2009). "Coldplay, Kings of Leon to headline bushfire relief concerts". Herald Sun (Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd). Retrieved 25 February 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Latest News". Sound Relief. Retrieved 25 February 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 – Of All Time | triple j". Australia: ABC. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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