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 City, 15–22 September 1994, Paradise Studios, Sydney, May 1994 ("How Much Is Enough")
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:45
Label rooArt Records, Warner Brothers
Producer Lee Ranaldo
You Am I chronology
Sound As Ever
(1993)Sound As Ever1993
Hi Fi Way
Hourly, Daily
(1996)Hourly, Daily1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 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]


Rolling Stone Australia said the album was, "a truly exceptional album, topping many people's list for Best of the Year. Period. Tim Rogers has a strong ear for melody, a telling eye for detail and the ability to make the listener feel a part of his somewhat solitary world."[4]

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



  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. 
  4. ^ Michael Dwyer (December 1995). "The Year in Recordings". Australian Rolling Stone Yearbook. Tilmond Pty Ltd. p. 123.