Hi Fi Way

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Hi Fi Way
Studio album by You Am I
Released February, 1995
Recorded Greene St. Studios, New York, 15–22 September 1994, Paradise Studios, Sydney, May 1994
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:45
Label rooArt Records, Warner Brothers
Producer Lee Ranaldo
You Am I chronology
Sound As Ever
(1993)
Hi Fi Way
(1995)
Hourly, Daily
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Hi Fi Way is an album by the Australian rock band, You Am I, released in 1995. The album reached #1 on the local albums chart and is one of the most influential and critically acclaimed Australian albums of the last twenty years,[citation needed] inspiring the likes of Jet, The Vines and Wolfmother.[citation needed] In 2008, it was voted the sixth greatest Australian album of all time in The Age newspaper's 50 Greatest Aussie Albums poll. In October 2010, it was listed at No. 8 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[2] Hi Fi Way was You Am I's first release with new drummer Rusty Hopkinson (formerly of Nursery Crimes) after the departure of former drummer Mark Tunaley.

The album included the singles "Cathy's Clown", "Jewels and Bullets" and "Purple Sneakers".

Tim Rogers later said of the album, "I was really high and really drunk the whole time. My ambition for it was always huge, but we're more suited to a scrappier sounding thing, with the way that I sing and play guitar. We had seven days to make it, living in New York."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Rogers/You Am I

  1. "Ain't Gone And Open"
  2. "Minor Byrd"
  3. "She Digs Her"
  4. "Cathy's Clown"
  5. "Jewels and Bullets"
  6. "Purple Sneakers"
  7. "Pizza Guy"
  8. "The Applecross Wing Commander"
  9. "Stray"
  10. "Handwasher"
  11. "Punkarella"
  12. "Ken (The Mother Nature's Son)"
  13. "Gray"
  14. "How Much Is Enough"

Someone Else's Crowd[edit]

Some copies of the album came with a live bonus disc, featuring songs recorded on tour in Seattle in 1994.

  1. "Sound As Ever"
  2. "Hi Fi Way"
  3. "When You Got Dry"
  4. "Forever and Easy"
  5. "Berlin Chair"
  6. "Adam's Ribs"
  7. "Cool Hand Luke"

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
2013 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 48

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  3. ^ Dan Condon. "No Struggle, No Progress". Time Off (Fortitude Valley, QLD: Street Press Australia Pty Ltd) (24 November 2010): pg 17. 
Preceded by
Smash by The Offspring
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
5–11 March 1995
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Bruce Springsteen