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Rusty was a Canadian alternative rock band in the 1990s.

Following the breakup of One Free Fall, vocalist Ken MacNeil and bassist Jim Moore continued working together, hooking up with former Doughboys member Scott McCullough (guitar) and Mitch Perkins (drums) to record the EP Wake Me in 1994. 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.

Led by the hit single “Misogyny”, which featured a video consisting of clips from Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s film Hustler White, Fluke was the band’s commercial breakthrough, also spawning the singles “Wake Me”, “Groovy Dead” and “California”, and earning a Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. 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.

The band’s followup 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 subsequently broke up, playing their final show on November 25, 2000 at venue Opera House, Toronto.

Rusty is back together from time to time doing live shows in Ontario,Canada since 2011.


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  • JordanNeo

    Love this band. Sorry I missed them at The Horseshoe. I featured them on my #TBT Classic Canadian Alternative series.

    13 Apr 7:31pm Reply
  • soapy_q

    @shawnevans; someone loaded it to You can't take a copy from there, but you can listen ... I listened; pretty good. :-)

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • joaotsantos

    The Canadian Rock League (CRL) is a competition constituted by 2 leagues, the First division and the Second Division. You can vote in your favourite CANADIAN artists/bands and put them in the top! If you love challenges and competition please join us: Canadian Rock League Every week have a new voting! Have fun

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Stanzmastertron

    Were they from Nova Scotia or Toronto? I've read both, and I'm just going to assume they relocated to "da t dot" and the city took credit for em. Someone clarify, ploxikins.

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Iconochasm

    Fluke was one of the first albums I ever bought. Finally found it on the net, still sounds good.

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • shawnevans

    Fluke was quite an underrated album. I once heard their song "Let's break Robert out of Jail" on cbc radio 2 way back when, wish I could get my hands on it again.

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • pchris1

    I love "wake me"

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Kimberly-Jade

    I miss Rusty!!!!

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • strongarm

    Misogyny ftw

    1 Jul 2008 Reply

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