|Birth name||Russell Keith Hopkinson|
|Associated acts||You Am I|
Rusty Hopkinson (Born Russell Keith Hopkinson, in Fremantle) is the drummer for Australian rock act You Am I. Allegedly, Rusty was an occasional drinking buddy of You Am I while with his then band, indie act Nursery Crimes, around the turn of the 1990s. Shortly after the recording of You Am I's first album, Sound As Ever (1993), the relationship with drummer Mark Tunaley soured and Rusty was seen as an ideal replacement. Ever since, Hopkinson has been a core member of the band.
Bandmate and songwriter Tim Rogers often cites Hopkinson's drumming style as the key part of the group's sound. So much so that when he writes new material, it's the drumming ferocity that will decide whether the song will be performed by You Am I or Rogers' other band, the Temperance Union. Rogers was quoted regarding Rusty "[He's] an enigma, a renaissance man and the best drummer in the world,"
To date, Rusty's only lead singing role in a You Am I song has been on the "Good Mornin'" B-Side- a cover of the Mummies' classic "(You Must Fight to Live On the) Planet of the Apes".
Hopkinson has a show on Sydney radio station 2SER called "Stronger Than Dirt" (a reference to his beloved Mummies) that features all manner of music from the last two centuries including Pre WW2 Folk and Jazz, Obscure Psychedelia, Gutter Punk, "Blue" Comedy records and Asian Go Go music.
Rusty is often seen to wear his drumming influences on his sleeve. In a Triple J radio J File interview he comments "I try to sound like three different drummers in every song [laughs]", citing Ian Paice of Deep Purple as a key influence. Other sixties and seventies influences referenced include the Super Stocks, The Pretty Things, The Honeycombs and the Who.
Upon the death of Syd Barrett in 2006, Rusty was interviewed on Triple J radio about the influence of Syd in the early days of Pink Floyd. He is also believed to be a fan of much other psychedelic era music.
Since 2001 Rusty has enjoyed a relationship with Pearl Drums whose drums he endorses wholeheartedly. On the 2006 Convicts tour, he played with a blue Pearl five-piece with two floor-mounted toms. He consistently uses Zildjian Custom A cymbals and New Beat 15" hi-hats. His snare drum collection includes a solid Jarrah Brady Snare (handmade Western Australian Drum), a 1968 Ludwig Superphonic snare and a handmade perspex Gas snare.
Other bands Rusty is said to have been associated with during the course of his career include Circle A, Zoo Rejects, Genocide, Mob Vengeance, Dismembered, Insurrection, Vicious Circle, Greenhouse Effect, The Bamboos, Memento Mori, Cremator, The Kryptonics, Nursery Crimes and Killing Time as well as playing on the pictures second album kicking indiffference .