Hi Fi Way
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|Hi Fi Way|
|Studio album by You Am I|
|Recorded||Greene St. Studios, New York City, 15–22 September 1994, Paradise Studios, Sydney, May 1994 ("How Much Is Enough")|
|Label||rooArt Records, Warner Brothers|
|You Am I chronology|
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, inspiring the likes of Jet, The Vines and Wolfmother. 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. 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.
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."
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."
All songs by Rogers/You Am I
- "Ain't Gone And Open"
- "Minor Byrd"
- "She Digs Her"
- "Cathy's Clown"
- "Jewels and Bullets"
- "Purple Sneakers"
- "Pizza Guy"
- "The Applecross Wing Commander"
- "Ken (The Mother Nature's Son)"
- "How Much Is Enough"
Someone Else's Crowd
Some copies of the album came with a live bonus disc, featuring songs recorded on tour in Seattle in 1994.
- "Sound As Ever"
- "Hi Fi Way"
- "When You Got Dry"
- "Forever and Easy"
- "Berlin Chair"
- "Adam's Ribs"
- "Cool Hand Luke"
|1995||Australian ARIA Albums Chart||1|
|2013||Australian ARIA Albums Chart||48|
- Tim Rogers - vocals, guitars, mellotron, Hammond organ
- Andy Kent - bass guitar
- Rusty Hopkinson - drums, cymbals, percussion, 'Fremantle Reminiscences'
- Jon Auer - Hammond organ on "Minor Byrd"
- Epic Soundtracks - Keyboards on "Gray"
- Lee Ranaldo - Producer
- Wayne Connolly - 'Guitar Noodling' on "Gray", recorded "How Much Is Enough" and "Ken"
- Allmusic review
- O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
- Dan Condon. "No Struggle, No Progress". Time Off. Fortitude Valley, QLD: Street Press Australia Pty Ltd (24 November 2010): pg 17.
- Michael Dwyer (December 1995). "The Year in Recordings". Australian Rolling Stone Yearbook. Tilmond Pty Ltd. p. 123.
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