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He started his career in Chicago, playing with The Nodes (featuring brothers; Lewis and David Floodstrand of 8-1/2) and Special Affect (which featured; Ministry's Al Jourgensen and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult's Groovie Mann AKA Francis "Frankie Fun" Nardiello, and Baron, William "Bill Wood" von Wollmuth esq. of Brosofske and Big Game).
Rushakoff also played in Chicago area band 4xy with Bassist Chris Kirkendal, guitarist Eddie Yeo and singer Aidan Mann. He worked with Jim Belushi when the actor used 4xy to record some demos and play live dates. Rushakoff also played with famed Chicago guitarist Harvey Mandel (known for his work with the Rolling Stones and Canned Heat). In addition, he recorded with longtime friend Tom Peterson, Cheap Trick bassist. After moving to Los Angeles, he began working with Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, who at the time was guesting on a recording for Geffen label artist A Drop In The Gray, a band that Rushakoff joined briefly. After relocating to Nashville, he joined the Steve Earle-produced band Guilt, an MCA Records artist.
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