You Am I – #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998]

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What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You – wp.me/p3uHDF-fM

Rumble – wp.me/p3uHDF-fH

Heavy Heart – wp.me/p3uHDF-fD

You Am I returned to the rock for their fourth album, aptly titled You Am I’s #4 Record. The album was recorded during July 1997, again in America at Hollywood’s Sunset Studios, where the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street was mixed with sloppy perfection (“that’s why we chose it” – Tim) in 1972. The band also brought in big-name producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, Primal Scream) who worked with the band previously on Trike and Opportunities for the international release of Hourly, Daily.

“We’ve never had anyone crack the whip before and we’ve so little patience for really nutting things through,” says Tim, about working with Drakoulias. “Fifteen times through we go, ‘yeah, let’s record this’ but the way they do things for that production quality, they wanted this clarity… really dissected arrangements. “When bands say, ‘we’re not going to be fucked around (by a producer)’, I can appreciate that if they really know what they want. But I don’t think we know what we want, we’re not afraid to listen to someone else… and then slag them off in interviews for years.”

The band were also afforded the luxury of recording with the Memphis Horns (who appeared on tracks such as Junk and Come Home Wit’ Me) and members of US punk outfit The Muffs who belted out the chant “R.A.D.I.O.” on Rumble.

The return to rock wasn’t intentional, but more of a reaction to the bands life on the road during a gruelling year of festivals, ordinary support slots and desperate headlining affairs across Europe and the US.

“We finished Hourly, Daily so long ago and since played all these shows so we really felt like digging in and doing more rockin’ material,” Rogers explains, “That’s what we’re good at, doing entertaining shows rather than the sensitive singer-songwriter bit, which is more my thing. When the three of us get together it’s like, let’s make a racket. It’s very special and very exciting. Gut level stuff.”

“I honestly wanted to make an album that was just about real things,” Rogers said “It’s not vignettes to suburban heroes any more. It’s about love and hate and spite and the whole gamut of emotions in between.”

You Am I took it’s place in the annals of Australian music history when #4 Record debuted at No. 1 on the national ARIA charts – their third consecutive album to do so – You Am I website

Tracklisting:

1. Junk 2:39
2. The Cream & The Crock 3:20
3. What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You 3:10
4. Fifteen 3:05
5. Top Of The Morn’ & Slip Of The Day 3:40
6. Billy 2:13
7. Come Home Wit’ Me 3:11
8. Heavy Heart 3:11
9. Rumble 2:36
10. Guys, Girls, Guitars 2:58
11. Plans 3:53
12. … And Vandalism 3:40

You Am I – What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You (single) – #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998]

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The first single released from You Am I – #4 Record

Produced by George Drakoulias

Released February 1998

Rumble – wp.me/p3uHDF-fH

Heavy Heart – wp.me/p3uHDF-fD

You Am I –  #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998] – wp.me/p3uHDF-fU

You Am I – Rumble (single) – #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998]

Rumbleyai

The second single released from You Am I – #4 Record

Produced by George Drakoulias

Released April 1998

What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You – wp.me/p3uHDF-fM

Heavy Heart – wp.me/p3uHDF-fD

You Am I –  #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998] – wp.me/p3uHDF-fU

You Am I – Heavy Heart (single) – #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998]

Heavyheart

The third single released from You Am I – #4 Record

Produced by George Drakoulias

Released July 1998

What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You – wp.me/p3uHDF-fM

Rumble – wp.me/p3uHDF-fH

You Am I –  #4 Record [Number One Album in Australia – 8th June 1998] – wp.me/p3uHDF-fU

Ratcat – Blind Love [Number 1 Australian Album – 6th June 1991]

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The Number One album in Australia on the 6th June 1991 was Blind Love from Ratcat.

This Sydney band combined energetic punk-style guitar with indie pop songwriting – a musical nod in the direction of bands that had gone before them such as Blondie, The Buzzcocks & The Ramones or that were around at the time such as The Primitives from the UK – winning them a legion of loyal indie & skate punk fans.

Throughout the band’s career the mainstay of the band was frontman Simon Day:

Simon Day – vocals, guitar, bass, main songwriter (1985–present)

Trevor Wintle – drums (1986–1987)

Andrew Polin – drums (1985–1986,1987–2011)

Victor Levi – bass (1985–1988)

Cathy Webb – bass (1988)

John McAteer – bass (1988–1989)

Amr Zaid – bass (1989–1992)

Marc Scully – bass (1992–1996)

Nic Dalton – bass (1998–present)

Ratcat were originally signed to one of the great Australia independent record labels – Waterfront Records which was set up by Steve Stavrakis and Chris Dunn – and released a number of singles / EP’s and their debut album This Nightmare in 1988.

Waterfront Records – Singles and EPs:

Ratcat EP (1987)

Baby’s Got A Gun (1988)

I Think I Love You (1988)

Saying Goodbye / Tura Satana / Overdrive (1989)

I Love Ratcat To Death EP (1989)

Waterfront Records – Album:

This Nightmare (1988)

Ratcat signed to the rooArt label in 1990, with their first release being the 6-track EP Tingles.

Tingles was a huge success – the combination of the strong songs, Triple J going National [as it had only been broadcasting in Sydney before that], the marketing of the CD EP being available for only $5 [at the time a very aggressive price point for an Australian CD release] and the strong visuals from the artwork that Simon Day designed saw the Tingles EP reach #1 on Alternative charts.

Momentum built and the release topped the Australian national singles chart.

Ratcat’s next album Blind Love,& the single Don’t Go Now both also reached #1 in 1991.

Ratcat then toured extensively overseas playing shows in the U.K., Europe & the States supporting bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Violent Femmes, Iggy Pop, Ride & the Wonder Stuff.

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Don’t Go Now – wp.me/p3uHDF-eT

Baby Baby – wp.me/p3uHDF-eO

That Ain’t Bad – wp.me/p3uHDF-eZ

Blind Love TVC – wp.me/p3uHDF-f3

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Tracklisting – Tingles:

1. That Ain’t Bad 4:05
2. Tingles 3:26
3. Don’t Go In The Water 3:49
4. Getting Away (From This World) 5:20
5. Skin 3:21
6. My Bloody Valentine 3:22

Credits

Producer – Nick Mainsbridge

All songs written by Simon Day except track 3 written by – A. Zaid, A. Polin, S. Day

Tracklisting – Blind Love:

1. Yes I Wanna Go 2:39
2. Run & Hide 3:07
3. Baby Baby 3:45
4. Hopeless Mind 4:17
5. Pieces 3:19
6. Racing 3:33
7. That Aint Bad 4:03
8. The Wonder Of You 3:03
9. Don’t Go Now 3:12
10. Strange 4:05
11. The End 5:14

Ratcat – TV Commercial – Blind Love [Number 1 Australian Album – 6th June 1991]

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Ratcat – That Ain’t Bad (Tingles EP) – Blind Love (album) [Number 1 Australian Album – 6th June 1991]

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