Long overdue retrospective of cult Aussie combo led by Tim Rogers

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You Am I – No, After You Sir: An Introduction To You Am I

If it hadn’t been for the current Australian rock revival, chances are Sydney’s You Am I would have been erased from rock history. Yet they rank as one of their homeland’s most influential bands (just ask The Vines or The Sleepy Jackson), while further afield they’ve garnered a fan base that includes Queens Of The Stone Age, Sonic Youth (Lee Ranaldo produced their first two albums) and The Foo Fighters. Rounding up their career from 1993 to 2001, this primer is a pretty decent showcase for their gnarly brand of guitar thrash and Replacements-tinted melodies, though the absence of “Adam’s Ribs”, “Rumble” and “Dead Letter Chorus” robs it of extra power.