History At #1 With #4
Rock trio You Am I have made history by
becoming the first Australian band to have three consecutive
albums debut at number one on the Australian charts. Yesterday's
achievement comes on top of winning eight national ARIA
Awards last year for their previous album, Hourly Daily.
The trio has a reputation as one of the
country's most electrifying live bands. Now they join the
upper echelons of Australian music; only Cold Chisel, Midnight
Oil, Split Enz and INXS have had three consecutive albums
reach number one. Their latest offering, #4 Record, is rockier
and less poppy than their two previous albums, and some
critics have said it does not live up to the high expectations
of the Sydney-based band.
"I don't take credence from critics,"
said lead singer Tim Rogers, who recently moved from Sydney
"We're in the position where we are
being set up to be compared to what we've done before. You
know - 'If this band's so great, why is this just a rock'n'roll
"Maybe everyone got it wrong first
off, and we are just the best paid pub band in the land.
"We're just a rock'n'roll band making
a rock'n'roll record . . . We'll just keep on doing what
we do, and little titilating things like getting number
one is really just an excuse to get up to Sydney to have
a drink with (bassist and drummer) Andy and Rust."
A modest Rogers thinks that a number one
record has more to do with timing than anything else.
"It's a very tactical kind of record
company thing. Most records that go to number one are absolute
shit. It wouldn't have gone to number one next week because
the Smashing Pumpkins record comes out," he
You Am I's last three albums and live
performances have received rave reviews around the globe.
"You Am I are the most swinging R&B-infused
rock trip since The Jam," claimed the respected Seattle
And Paris' Telerama described Hourly Daily
as the "best rock record since rock died".
The band recorded #4 Record after a solid
year of touring Europe, America and Australia. Mr Peter
Prescott, the managing director of the band's label, BMG,
said the achievement was testament to their relentless touring
and recording schedule.
"You Am I are unique. Once thought
of as an alternative, 'inner city' band, they have developed
into one of our greatest rock acts with major appeal right
across the country, as this record-breaking debut confirms,"
Mr Prescott said.
"This is testament to their hard
work and stunning music as well as the ongoing support the
band have received from various sectors of the media and
You Am I tour will Australia next month.