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Wussy at MPMF09.JPG
Cleaver, Walker, Klug, Messerly (left to right)
Background information
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genres Indie rock
Folk rock
Alternative rock
Country rock
Years active (2001–present)
Labels Shake It Records Damnably
Associated acts Messerly and Ewing
The Magic Words
Ass Ponys
Website wussy.org
Members Chuck Cleaver, guitars & vocals
Lisa Walker, guitars & vocals
Mark Messerly, bass
Joe Klug, drums
John Erhardt, pedal steel
Past members Dawn Burman

Wussy is an American five-piece indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, formed in 2001.[1] They have released seven albums, two EPs, one mini LP and a number of singles.


Wussy formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2001. Chuck Cleaver started the band after his prior group Ass Ponys,[2] when he met Lisa Walker, the band's other lead singer-songwriter, in 2001. He asked Walker to perform with him in an awards show in Cincinnati that year because his stage fright discouraged him from doing so alone.[3]

On the band's name, Wussy: Cleaver jokes that "I think it looks good on a t-shirt."[4]

Cleaver and Walker write most of the songs and either alternate lead vocals or sing them in harmony.[1]

The group has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone,[5] Robert Christgau,[6] Chicago,[7] and SPIN.[8]

In 2012 Robert Christgau wrote that "Wussy have been the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005",[9] and he has called them his "favorite band".[10]

Two albums later, Charles Taylor said the impact of Wussy's poetic lyrics and evocative sounds "brings you immediately back to the way we received rock and roll as solitary adolescents, as if the songs were radio transmissions from a resistance we hadn't dared to hope existed."[11]

Shake It Records in Cincinnati doubles as Wussy's music label.[4]


  • Chuck Cleaver – Vocals, Guitar
  • Lisa Walker – Vocals, Guitar
  • Mark Messerly – Bass, Keys
  • John Erhardt – Pedal Steel, Guitar
  • Joe Klug – Drums




  • 2008-07: Rigor Mortis EP (Shake It)
  • 2013-04: Duo mini-LP (Shake It)
  • 2015-04: Public Domain, Volume I (Shake It)

Singles and splits[edit]

  • 2009: "Fly Fly Fly" / "No Apology" – Wussy / The Fervor (Karate Body)
  • 2012: Dangerous Highway Volume 3: "Got Down Last Saturday Night" / "Breakfast in Bed" - Heartless Bastards / Wussy (Shake It)
  • 2016-01: "Dropping Houses" b/w "Folk Night at Fucky's" (Shake It / Damnably)
  • 2016-04: "Ceremony" b/w "Days and Hours" (Damnably)


  • 2012-07: Buckeye (Damnably)
  • 2013-01: Berneice Huff and son, Bill sings… Popular Favorites (self-released)


  1. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (22 June 2009). "Wussy: Strong Work, And Not Without Pain". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Chuck Cleaver-Lisa Walker on Outsight Radio Hours (2001, 2006, 2009, 2012). "Outsight Radio Hours" (Audio interviews). Archive.org. Retrieved 19 July 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Lannamann, Ned (14 June 2012). "If You Ever Gave a Damn: For Wussy, the West Coast's Waiting". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mason, Anthony; Nair, Vinita (29 November 2014). "Critically acclaimed band Wussy going strong" (Video interview/feature). CBS This Morning - Saturday. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Hoard, Christian (20 May 2009). "New Music Report: Wussy, Plus Of Montreal Performance". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original (Video interview) on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Wussy". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Moser, Whet (22 August 2012). "Wussy, ‘the Best Band in America,’ Plays the Bucktown Arts Festival". Chicago. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Young, Jon (29 April 2009). "Wussy, 'Wussy' (Shake It)". SPIN. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (16 March 2012). "The Many Reasons to Love Wussy". Barnes & Noble Review. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Guitar Rock Grooves: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". NOISEY. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Charles (20 May 2012). "Support Your Local Wussy: The sad transcendence of Wussy's 'blue-collar bohemianism'". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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