Rogers recorded his first solo album, What
Rhymes With Cars And Girls in the winter of 1998
during some time off from You Am I.
"I had some time alone and I found
myself writing some songs and then I just thought, well
it looks like You Am I's not going to be recording for a
while, while we're waiting for albums to come out overseas,
so I wanna make a record," Rogers recalls. "So
I really started writing gung ho and then about the same
time Jen's (Anderson) studio
was available so I went in and did it with the idea of just
having it as a tape or CD to sell at shows. But then a lot
of really good musicians came in and helped out, we had
a good time, so it's got a little bit more serious."
formerly of Weddings Parties Anything,
had a big involvement with the album. Apart from playing
on the album as part of the Twin Set,
she was also involved with the production and organising
"She pressed a lot of buttons,"
Rogers says of Anderson's involvement. "We talked a
little about the songs. I think she was just more enthusiastic,
and getting me in contact with a bunch of other musicians.
I don't really feel like pursuing people and Jen was very
good in getting people and making sure they were available.
Just putting out the initial word."
The album is an acoustic affair and although
it has a country feel, it's not a country album as such.
"It's not really a country style of songwriting, I
don't think. It ain't bluegrass. It ain't Western swing.
It's a kind of pretty pallid country music really which
is just folk pop chords. I think people are being a bit...
thinking it's got a G-chord in it, it's got a country feel.
I think real country music tends to have a bit of melodrama
and melancholy. You know, suicide, death, bestiality, and
I don't hear that," Rogers admits.
Many of the songs on the album were inspired
by Tim's break-up with a long time girlfriend. Writing the
songs was a form of therapy for Tim.
"Writing songs is just a way of romanticising
a dull or a bad situation so you can swallow it, you know.
Hmm, jeez, I don't know why we couldn't really get on...
I know, I'll write a song about it! It's a bit of a gutless
thing, but that song sums up your relationship with that
person so it's like (clicks fingers) it's not that complicated,
it's all in D."
Tim picked up the ARIA award for Best
Male Artist in 1999 for the album.
What Rhymes With Cars And Girls Lyrics
The Twin Set
Tim Rogers : singin' &
dancin, guitar, keyboards
Jen Anderson : violin, viola,
Stuart Speed : upright bass
Ian Kitney : drums & percussion
Mark Wallace : accordian
Ed Bates : pedal steel
Peter Somerville : banjo
Richard Gillard : electric
Ben Hoddanger : trombone
Andy Reid : clarinet &
Jeff Burston : mandolin
Sally Dastey : vocals, brandy
David Lane : guitar