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Wussy are an Alternative Country/Rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The band was formed in 2001 when Chuck Cleaver, who was leading another band, was asked to sing at an awards show. He invited Lisa Walker, a musician he had recently met, to sing with him, and the two enjoyed the experience enough that they decided to continue to sing together. They soon recruited other members and eventually released their first album, Funeral Dress in 2005.

The songs are primarily written by Cleaver and Walker, who sing them either separately or in harmony. Their lyrics tend to be quite dark, displaying a pessimistic view of the world and often focusing on failed relationships. Musically, they are probably most notable for their use of dual guitars.



  • Chuck Cleaver - Vocals, Guitar (2001-Present)
  • Lisa Walker - Vocals, Guitar (2001-Present)
  • Mark Messerly - Bass, Keys (2002-Present)
  • Dawn Burman - Drums (2002-2009)
  • Joe Klug - Drums (2009-Present)
  • John Erhart - Pedal Steel, Guitar (2011-Present)

Studio Discography:

  • Funeral Dress (2005)
  • Left for Dead (2007)
  • Wussy (2009)
  • Strawberry (2011)
  • Attica! (2014)
  • Forever Sounds (2016)
  • What Heaven is Like (2018)


The band provides examples of:

  • Amicable Exes: Chuck and Lisa dated for several years. Breaking up has not stopped them from continuing to work together for over a decade.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: All of their albums have beautiful cover art.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Their name is often cited as a reason why they aren't more popular. Chuck used to lead a band called Ass Ponys (which included Joe Klug), so we can assume he's fond of this trope.
  • Shout-Out: The title of their album Attica! was inspired by Dog Day Afternoon.
    • The song Teenage Wasteland is a tribute to The Who.


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