You Am I at the ARIAs
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You Am I at the ARIAs

June 23, 2020

The 10 ARIA Awards to the band's name is only part of the story.

In their 30-plus years, You Am I have blazed a unique trail through the Australian musical landscape, picking up some impressive accolades and inspiring numerous generations to pick up guitars and rock out.
 
Forming in Sydney’s Hills District in 1989, the band went through a number of line-up changes in their early life, with guitarist/singer/songwriter Tim Rogers being the only mainstay.
 
Their reputation grew considerably as they became a staple on the live scene along the Australian east coast in the early-90s. Between 1991 and 1993, they released four EPs. In October 1993 the debut album Sound As Ever hit record store shelves, eventually peaking at #61 in June of the following year (though it would peak higher two decades later).

Sound As Ever featured the singles ‘Berlin Chair’ (#73 Apr. ’94) – their first Singles Chart entry – and ‘Jaimme’s Got A Gal’ (#93 Jun. ’94). The album would also give the band their first ever ARIA Awards win when they took out Best Alternative Release at the 1994 ceremony.

They also performed ‘Berlin Chair’ on the night. 

Releasing second album Hi Fi Way in February 1995, the band scored their first #1 debut on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album spawned the singles ‘Cathy’s Clown’ (#36 Feb. ’95) and ‘Jewels And Bullets’ (#93 May ’95) and went on to be gold accredited.

The 1995 ARIAs saw the band win Best Alternative Release for the second straight year.

Tim Rogers joined Silverchair to close the night with a cover of Radio Birdman’s ‘New Race’.

 

Hourly, Daily was released in June 1996. Like its predecessor, it too debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Four of the album’s singles charted in the ARIA Top 50: ‘Mr. Milk’ (#50 Jan. ’96), ‘Soldiers’ (#33 Jul. ’96), ‘Good Mornin’’ (#44 Sept. ’96) and ‘Tuesday’ (#29 Jan. ’97). It gave the band their first Platinum accreditation.
 
You Am I cleaned up at the 1996 ARIA Awards, winning six of the nine categories they were nominated in including Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Independent Release.

The band capped off an extraordinary evening with a ripping cover of The Easybeats’ ‘I’ll Make You Happy’.

 

1997 saw the band release the standalone single ‘Trike’ (#55 Jul. ’97). They were also nominated for two ARIAs: Best Video and Engineer Of The Year.
 
You Am I's #4 Record became the group’s third straight #1 album when it was released in mid-1998. With that milestone, they became the first Australian band to have three successive #1 debuts on the ARIA Albums Chart.
 
The band’s fourth studio album featured the singles ‘What I Don't Know 'Bout You’ (#28 Feb. ’98), ‘Rumble’ (#67 May ’98) and ‘Heavy Heart’ (#49 Aug. ’98). It was accredited Gold.
 
The band received three nominations at the 1998 ARIAs, unfortunately taking home none.
 
Taking a break from You Am I duties, Tim Rogers released the solo album What Rhymes With Cars & Girls in early 1999, peaking at #14. The album earned Rogers Best Male Artist at the 1999 ARIAs. That year You Am I released the live album Saturday Night, 'Round Ten (#7 Sept. ’99).

 

2001 saw You Am I return with their fifth album, Dress Me Slowly. Breaking the band’s run of #1s, it debuted at #3 in May of that year. The album included the singles ‘Damage’ (#37 Nov. ’00), ‘Get Up’ (#44 Mar. ’01) and ‘Kick A Hole In The Sky’ (#77 Jul. ’01).
 
The band were nominated for four ARIAs in 2001, including Album Of The Year and Best Group but didn’t manage to notch up a win.
 
Deliverance followed in 2002, peaking at #12. It was nominated for Best Cover Art.
 
A year later, the band released The Cream And The Crock - The Best Of (#12 Sept. ’03). It too was nominated for Best Cover Art and the DVD version picked up a nomination in the Best Music DVD category.
 
2006’s Convicts debuted at #11 in May of that year. It went on to be nominated for Best Rock Album. Filmed at the launch for the album, the DVD Who Are They, These Rock Stars? earned the band their ninth ARIA when it won Best Music DVD in 2007.

 

Two years on the band released eighth album Dilettantes (#12 Sept. ’08). It earned Greg Wales an ARIA for Engineer Of The Year.
 
You Am I’s self-titled ninth album peaked at #18 in October 2010.
 
2013 saw the band release expanded versions of their first three albums, returning two to the Top 50: Hi Fi Way (#48) and Hourly, Daily (#49). Debut album Sound As Ever managed to peak at #56, five spots above its original peak in 1994.
 
Porridge & Hotsauce, the most recent studio album from You Am I was released in November 2015. It peaked at #20.