Rusty Willoughby

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Rusty Willoughby
Rusty Willoughby & Scott Sutherland 02.jpg
Willoughby (right) backed by Scott Sutherland of the Model Rockets (2009)
Background information
Birth name Rusty Willoughby
Born June 30, 1966
Staten Island, NYC
Origin Vashon Island, Washington, United States
Genres Rock
Instruments Guitar, Drums, Singing
Associated acts Flop (band), Pure Joy, Cobirds Unite, Llama

Rusty Willoughby (born June 30, 1966[1]) is an active American musician born in Staten Island and currently living in Vashon, 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),[2] Flop (1990–1995),[2] Llama (2005–2008),[3] and Cobirds Unite (2010–).[4] He also briefly played drums for the Fastbacks.[1][5][6] He also played with Kurt Bloch of the Fastbacks, Jonathan Poneman (co-founder of the record label Sub Pop[7]), and Scott Sutherland (of Seattle bands Model Rockets and Chemistry Set) in a Cheap Trick cover band called Sick Man of Europe,[1] and appeared in the film Hype!,[8] 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."[9]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Rusty Willoughby self-released, 1999)
  • Filament Dust (self-released, 2009)
  • Cobirds Unite (self-released, 2010)
  • Adult Soft Record (self-release, 2012)
  • Anti (self-released, 2013)

Solo singles[edit]

  • "Here Come the Weakened" / "And the World Moves On" (Sub Pop, 1999, 7-inch vinyl)

Flop albums[edit]

Flop EPs and Singles[edit]

Pure Joy albums and EPs[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c THE FASTBACKS - Fly to the Rainbow (1989-1993 pt. 3), Sub Pop. Accessed online 2009-10-06.
  2. ^ a b Rusty Willoughby, KEXP-FM live performance October 5, 2002. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ Up & Coming, The Stranger, July 2, 2008. . Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  4. ^ (Home page), Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ Fastbacks, Music Might. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
  6. ^ Fastbacks, Trouser Press, 2007. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
  7. ^ About Us, Sub Pop. Accessed online 2009-10-06.
  8. ^ Rusty Willoughby on IMDb. Accessed online 2009-10-05.
  9. ^ Don Yates, Rusty Willoughby: Rusty Willoughby, KEXP-FM, June 15, 1999, accessed online 2009-10-05.

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