You Am I are an Australian alternative rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter Tim Rogers. They were the first Australian band to have three albums successively debut at #1 on the ARIA Charts, and are renowned for their live perform...
You Am I are an Australian alternative rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter Tim Rogers. They were the first Australian band to have three albums successively debut at #1 on the ARIA Charts, and are renowned for their live performances.
Tim Rogers formed the first version of the band with his school friend Nick Tischler and his older brother Jaimme in December 1989. The band's name was derived from late-night sessions under the influence of alcohol. This initial line-up was short-lived and by the end of 1990 both Nick and Jaimme had left the band. (In the band's 1993 song "Jaimme's Got A Gal," Tim explains why his brother left.) They were replaced by the group's one-time sound mixer Andy Kent (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 the 1993's Big Day Out festival. Ranaldo also produced their debut album, Sound As Ever. The album went on to win the 1993 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release. The band was signed to Ra Records, an alternative rock oriented sub-branch of rooArt Records, with U.S. distribution by Restless Records.
After the release of their first album, Tunaley and the band parted ways. He was replaced by Russell Hopkinson (formerly of the band Nursery Crimes), creating the core line-up of the band to the present day. Since then, the line-up has been augmented by David Lane of The Pictures on second guitar. Lane is said to have come to the band's attention via his own work with The Pictures, and by transcribing, with extreme accuracy, the band's guitar tabs on a You Am I web website. Lane has also said (on the Cream & The Crock documentary) that he almost decided not to be a part of the band, saying he was "fucking up his favourite band by playing in it" after playing his first show with them and stuffing up a bunch of solos.