Rusty (band)

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Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994 (1994)–2000, 2011–
Labels Handsome Boy
Associated acts Doughboys
Past members John Lalley
Mitch Perkins
Ken MacNeil
Scott McCullough
Jim Moore
Bob Vespaziani

Rusty is a Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] The band earned a 1996 Juno Award nomination in the category Best Alternative Album for Fluke.


Following the breakup of the band One Free Fall, vocalist Ken MacNeil bassist Jim Moore and drummer Bob Vespaziani continued working together, hooking up with former Doughboys member Scott McCullough (guitar) to record the EP Wake Me in 1994. A video for the song "Wake Me" would become a minor hit on MuchMusic. Released on Handsome Boy Records, the EP was popular on Canadian campus radio, and led to a major label distribution deal with BMG Records for their full length album Fluke in 1995. Vespaziani left the group and was replaced by Mitch Perkins.

Led by the hit single "Misogyny", which featured a video consisting of clips from Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce's film Hustler White[2] as well as Canadian singer Danko Jones, Fluke was the band's commercial breakthrough, also spawning the single "California", and earning a Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. The album was produced by Chris Wardman, who also played guitar on the tracks "Groovy Dead" and "California".

In 1996, the band contributed a cover of "Let's Break Robert Out of Jail" to the compilation album A Tribute to Hard Core Logo. Also in 1996 the song "Punk" was included on soundtrack to Chris Farley's movie Black Sheep.

The band's follow-up album, Sophomoric, was released in 1997, including the singles "Empty Cell" and "Oh No Joe". Perkins left the band that year and was replaced by John Lalley. Perkins left the group due to creative differences and released an electronic album independently with Andrew Massey under the name "Blu Pernu".

In 1998, Rusty released Out of Their Heads. The band broke up two years later, playing their final show on November 25, 2000.[3]

In April 2011, Chart magazine reported that Rusty would be re-uniting for the 2011 NXNE festival.[4]



  • Fluke (1995)
  • Sophomoric (1997)
  • Scratches and Needles: A Tribute to the Nils – 1 song Scratches and Needles (1998)
  • Out of Their Heads (1998)


  • Wake Me (1994)


Year Single Chart peaks Album



1995 "Wake Me" 26 Fluke
"Misogyny" 3 22
1996 "Groovy Dead"
"California" 12
1997 "Empty Cell" 24 12 Sophomoric
"It's Christmas Time (And I'm Poor)" Out Of Their Heads
1998 "Soul For Sale"
"Memories" 20
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  1. ^ "Artist: Rusty (Biography)". Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. August 11, 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (May 6, 1997). "Eddie Murphy notoriety doesn't help film". Jam! Showbiz. Canoe. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ Grant, Kieran (April 19, 1997). "A mature class of sophomores". Jam! Showbiz. Canoe. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Rusty Reuniting For NXNE
  5. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 65, No. 9, May 5, 1997". RPM. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Search Term(s): "Rusty" and "Rock/Alternative"". RPM. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rusty - Awards". allmusic. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "MuchMusic Countdown". MuchMusic. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 

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