Rusty Anderson grew up in La Habra, California. At the age of 8, his father gave him his first electric guitar. Anderson's mother convinced him to take music lessons. However, after a few weeks he decided to stop formal lessons. Anderson soon formed a hard rock band named Eulogy, when he was only 13.
The band included Dirk Van Tatenhove, Myles Crawley, Ross Holly and Mike Jones (currently recording as Zallen), who were together in various forms for six years. Eulogy won a sizable local following, playing with bands such as The Police, Van Halen, Quiet Riot and The Motels. Eulogy also lent their talent to singer/songwiter/actress Ronee Blakley for the Wim Wenders film I Played It For You. The band's look and following changed after the departure of drummer Jimmy Volpe, who was replaced by Chuck Billings (formerly of Virgin). Eulogy earned an audition with Arista Records head Clive Davis, but the band was never signed and broke up without releasing an album.
After Eulogy broke up, Anderson formed The Living Daylights, a psychedelic and progressive rock band, which put out a record on the Greenworld Label. The Living Daylights also failed to break into the big time, but a copy of their demo tape made its way to producer David Kahne, who invited Anderson to contribute some solos to an album he was producing for the Bangles' 1986 album, Different Light. Also during this time, Anderson worked for several years as a guitar teacher at the now defunct Whittier Music Company.
Anderson was briefly a member of Animal Logic, a short-lived supergroup featuring former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke.
In 1993, Anderson was invited by songwriters Scott Cutler and Anne Preven to join a new band - Ednaswap - along with Paul Bushnel and Carla Azar. The band released four major label records on East West/Elektra Records, and penned the worldwide number 1 hit song Torn, covered by Natalie Imbruglia. Imbruglia's version of the song failed to stir up interest in the group's subsequent LP, 1998's Wonderland Park, and the band disbanded in the spring of 1999.
That same year, in 1999, Anderson contributed the guitar solo to Ricky Martin's hit Livin' la Vida Loca.
In 2001, Anderson, along with drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., got a call from producer David Kahne to play and sing on Sir Paul McCartney's record Driving Rain.
Anderson was then signed on as a guitarist with McCartney's road band for his world tour, which was documented on the albums Back in the U.S. and Back in the World. He also appeared on McCartney's 2005 release Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and again joined the ex-Beatle for his subsequent road work.
In December 2003, Rusty Anderson released his first solo album, Undressing Underwater, through his own record label, Oxide Records. The album was re-released by Surfdog Records, iTunes and Amazon in 2005. The album was recorded at Oxide Studios in Southern California, and Sunset Sound and Henson Studios. The album was self-produced by Anderson, along with David Kahne, Mudrock and Parthenon Huxley. The album featured contributions from Paul McCartney, Brian Ray, Paul Wickens, Abe Laboriel Jr. and many others.
The majority "of the recordings were done in between touring" with Paul McCartney. Anderson states that "the songs are mostly about facing one's demons and attempting to bottle them."
|1986||Better Than Heaven|| Stacey Q |
|1988||Hard Machine||Stacey Q |
|1989||Perfect View||The Graces |
|1991||Animal Logic II||Animal Logic |
|When You're A Boy||Susanna Hoffs |
|1993||Broken Toy Shop||E |
|1994||Arrive All Over You||Danielle Brisebois |
|Human Cradle||Melanie Williams |
|1997||Wacko Magneto||Ednaswap |
|1998||Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too||New Radicals |
|Wonderland Park||Ednaswap |
|1999||Livin' La Vida Loca||Ricky Martin |
|No Angel||Dido |
|Ricky Martin||Ricky Martin |
|Ultimate Collection||The Fixx |
|2000||Faith and Courage||Sinéad O'Connor |
|Heaven Is A Halfpipe||OPM |
|Invincible Summer||k.d. lang |
|Life Is A Rollercoaster||Ronan Keating |
|Menace to Sobriety|| OPM |
|2001||Brand New History||Econoline Crush |
|Driving Rain||Paul McCartney |
|Living Proof||Cher |
|Songs From The West Coast||Elton John |
|Ultimate High||Carly Hennessy |
|2002||A Place To Land||Dakota Moon |
|Back in the U.S.||Paul McCartney|| Live DVD; guitars, backing vocals|
|Destination||Ronan Keating |
|I'm Gonna Blow Your Mind||Carly Hennessy |
|Red Letter Days||The Wallflowers |
|Ultimate High||Carly Hennessy |
|2003||0304|| Jewel |
|From The Inside||Laura Pausini |
|Life For Rent||Dido |
|Reason||Melanie C |
|To Whom It May Concern||Lisa Marie Presley |
|2004||Éxitos||Mikel Erentxun |
|Escucha||Laura Pausini |
|Love.Angel.Music.Baby.||Gwen Stefani |
|Resta In Ascolto||Laura Pausini |
|Sand In My Shoes|| Dido |
|2005||The Secret Life of...||The Veronicas |
|Undressing Underwater||Rusty Anderson Debut solo album|
|2006||Bat Out Of Hell III - The Monster Is Loose|| Meat Loaf |
|Begin To Hope||Regina Spektor |
|Loose||Nelly Furtado |
|2007||Memory Almost Full||Paul McCartney |
|Who You Are||Cary Brothers |