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Sydney, Australia (1989 – present)

You Am I is a four-piece Australian power pop/alternative rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Tim Rogers. They were the first Australian band to have three albums consecutively debut at #1 on the ARIA Charts and are renowned for their energetic live shows.

Tim Rogers formed the first version of the band in Sydney, Australia, with his school friend Nick Tischler and his older brother Jaimme in December 1989. This initial line-up was short lived and by the end of 1990 both Nick and Jaimme had left the band. They were replaced by the group’s one-time sound mixer Andy Kent on bass and Mark Tunaley on drums.

The band released several EPs and singles in the early 90s, though the real breakthrough came when Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth caught the band performing at 1993’s Big Day Out festival and was impressed enough to produce their fourth EP, Coprolalia, and later the debut album, Sound As Ever, which went on to win the 1993 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release.

After the release of their first album, Mark and the band parted company. He was replaced by the charismatic Russell Hopkinson (formerly of Nursery Crimes) creating the core line-up to this day. Since then, the band has been augmented by Davey Lane of The Pictures on guitar.

You Am I had toured the US extensively during the mid 90s, including playing with Soundgarden on the Lollapalooza festival, Red Kross, The Strokes and The Smokin’ Popes to name a few. Despite little success overseas, the band became well known throughout Australia for their Pete Townshend-esque guitar windmills and their upbeat “ponce and thuggery” take on Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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  • honkynut

    tim rogers is the wisest man in australian music [-1]

    11 Aug 9:23am Reply
  • zoobird

    the superunreal editions of the first 3 albums are fabulous.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HenryGuala

    tim rogers - ultimate aussie icon

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lucidillusion

    ow, this is an amazing band.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Dylbear

    Such an awesome band

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • creamsicklesky

    tim rogers is the wisest man in australian music [2]

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nardojx

    I'm Mexican and I love this motherfuckers. Also, I like being one of the few here that know them. They're like my little secret.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • JulioBarboza

    I'm Brazillian and i love You Am I! the band is almost unknown here. Just a shame

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ElvisJericho

    Love, love, love the You Am I. Should be as big in the rest of the world as they are in Australia. IMO - Adding Davey Lane made them twice as good, if that's possible.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • LAWR3NCE

    i used to listen to this band... a lot.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MuzaffarMusa

    I found them by accident while searching for a song called "Tuesday". Listened to their song, and I was hooked I guess. Will need to listen to their other songs as well...

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • EvermoreRocks

    Berlin Chair <3

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • goodies006

    Quickwatson... new album is good, though takes a little time to feel comfortable!

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • quickwatson

    What's the new album like?

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Poncecutor

    HI THERE! I was wondering where did you get, "Antiqu Gold" by Kelley Stoltz. Been finding it for a lot of time now, it would really be a great help. Thanks!

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • the_axe

    pizza guy

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • annavoisanon

    BERLIN CHAIR and PURPLE SNEAKERS :)

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Nobodylikesyou

    Don't let there be something sour in my coffee.

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • racoooon

    they remind me of good old rock music of 90's. From Russia with love! cannot get their albums here(((

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • idioteque04

    is the song heavy heart about robin hood? ? ?

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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