...that is, in that it's not well known, but is a firm favourite amongst those who do know. This is 'A' rocking out in their true colours. The reviewers who said they liked it, but "it's no Hi-Fi Serious".. you're entitled to your opinion, but please, go back to your fully sold-out pop-metal bands and review them instead.
I enjoyed HFS, but no-where near as much as I should have, because it was tinged with a taste of sell-out and a feeling that the guys were maybe holding back from their full, silly/anarchic, high-energy performance in order to break the somewhat more conservative mass market (indeed, they sounded a hell of a lot like the offspring in places, another good band but also recently a shining example of punk sell-out). It was a good move on their part in that way, getting exposure and a bit of cash, but creatively it shouldn't be held as a yardstick against which Monkey Kong was based.
A friend gave me a copy of this on a very cheap cassette many years ago, and despite the poor quality it wasn't long before the tape was almost unusable from too many times around the deck - and I was down the shops buying the CD, full price (and then later getting a replacement from amazon when some sod stole it)! It's awesome. Put it on loud, ignore the neighbours and your family, and get your indie pop-punk-rock mosh on, singing along (2 octaves lower - and i mean the ladies, there) all the way :-D ... pausing to enjoy the gentle rhythms of Lake Tahoe, Summer O.T.U and Hopper Jonus Fang, surely put there only to give you time to grab an energy drink.
Apparently there's a new album out. I never saw it coming or heard it was released til I logged in and it popped up on the sidebar. This is probably a good thing as it means it's too musically wild for Top of the Pops again!