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Stars of Cctv

Hard-Fi Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Necessary
  • ASIN: B00066FN9G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cash Machine
2. Hard to Beat
3. Middle Eastern Holiday
4. Stronger
5. Hard To Beatmix
6. Gotta Reason
7. Feltham Is Singing Out
8. Move On Now
9. Cash Machine (Wrong Tom mix)
10. Cash Machine (Video)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars of CCTV 3 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the freshest thing I've heard in years.
They mange to combine some of my favourite bands and yet they sound like themselves.
It's like a melting pot of The Clash, Blur, Specials, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays with a dollop of soul and disco thrown in for good measure.
And yet it sounds modern like the Dub Pistols and the Audio Bullies were a live band.
I love "Cash Machine" where he runs off and leaves his pregnant girlfriend and "Middle Eastern Holiday" is the first Iraq protest song that doesn't have some past it rock star moaning on thier acoustic guitar!
And you can also dance to this too!
Brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jud
Format:Audio CD
I've never written a review before but I had to write something about this band!
I saw Hard-Fi a couple of weeks ago in a support slot at the Water rats and thought they were really fookin' cool. I decided to see if they had anything out. A quick search on Amazon, a click of the mouse, and this CD arrived. I whacked it into my CD ROM and the video started...and I recognised my favourite track straight away - that's the fix I wanted!! - bloody marvellous!
"Cash Machine", though dark lyrically, is SUCH a feel-good record. It is awesome - full of attitude and funky mo-fo riffage.P>I love this record, I want to see them headline. This album is going to be stuck on my CD player until then!
"Gotta Reason", "Hard to Beat" and "Feltham Is Singing Out" (WHAT a chorus!!) are my favourites (surely possible singles?) but there really is no filler. If only all of the bands I've caught on support slots were this good.
BUY IT, support them. They should be huge - well they could be if they get on the radio. Or even MTV2! (The video on the CD is top quality as well!)
Blinder! Top marks to them, look forward to seeing them again.
I'm listening to "Cash Machine" again as I write this, and I can't stop nodding my head...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must own this record! 22 Oct 2004
By danny
Format:Audio CD
Saw this band supporting The Golden Virgins and was blown away, haven't been so excited with a support band for ages...
This album is really, really great , really fresh sounding - it's got a cool vibe, reminds me in places of the clash and in others daft punk. Hard To Beat is now my no1 track to go out to
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding debue 27 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
great work , in your face sounds, awesome variation of tracks.
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smart lyrics interspursed with mean bass, beats and keys...
outstanding debue
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHECK THIS OUT!! 9 May 2005
By A. Paley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alright, when I first heard Hard-fi on the radio in the u.s. i thought it was another crappy band, but these guys really come though with their new album - Stars of Cctv. I highly suggest picking this one up if you like - The Killers, Oasis and The Bravery among others. It really is a great album featuring the singles - Cash Machine and Tied Up Too Tight which are both great. If you haven't heard of Hard-Fi I suggest you give them a try, it really is worth spending the money for.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clash similarities, maybe, but.......ska......? 28 July 2005
By Ka-ching ka-ching - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album's shiite hot, a nice blend of dub-heavy bass, jagged guitars, bonham-kick drum and dancey synths (or maybe they're samples), all rolled into a decent pop tune. But check it out and make up your own mind. TISWAS thinks it's rubbish, I reckon it's pretty great, you decide for yourself.... regardless of whether or not you're a 13 year old girlie (last time I checked I wasn't - I was even allowed to tick the box below)
4.0 out of 5 stars STARS OF CCTV 28 Mar 2006
By Boston Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With all the hype surrounding Arctic Monkeys, Editors, and even Hard-Fi, it's become apparent that the UK is swimming in musical talent while suffering from a paucity of A&R scouts. In a story that parallels the tale of Arctic Monkeys, Hard-Fi first released Stars of CCTV in a limited pressing of 500 in October 2004. It wasn't till June of the following year that a genuine label gave the album a proper release, and it's only recently hit stores in the US. Nevertheless, Hard-Fi are the closest thing to the only band that matter from the across the pond. The Clash reference is intentional. The foursome's fondness for reggae dub production and politically charged lyrics has garnered comparisons to the 2-Tone ska-loving Specials, and there is indeed a "Ghost Town" feel to a number of tracks here. But Hard-Fi's real lineage leads straight back to the post-punk Black Market Clash. Singer Richard Archer actually sounds like Mick Jones more often than he does Joe Strummer; still, he has a great guttersnipe delivery, and he's not afraid to use it, whether he's lamenting his financial situation against Kai Stephens's deep, driving Simonon-style bass line and Ross Philips's serrated staccato guitars in "Cash Machine" or putting himself in the shoes of a soldier headed to Iraq amid the brisk combat-rock clamor of "Middle Eastern Holiday." He shyly eyes a lucky club girl as the band funk things up for him in "Gotta Reason" and even croons to spare piano accompaniment in the melancholy "Move On Now" before heading back to rock the casbah in the self-explanatory "Living for the Weekend." It's timely reminder that once upon a time punk wasn't afraid to co-opt instead just being co-opted.
5.0 out of 5 stars London Suburb Kids Sound Off 22 Mar 2006
By crewkool - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
11 excellent tracks is what you get from a great debut album. Hard Fi are wonderful. The lead off track Cash Machine , Tied Up Too Tight, Hard To Beat, and Better Do Better are top of the charts singles.
Richard Archer's composer skills are not limited to these four songs. Hard Fi are a new band that has alot of promise with a vein that can be traced back such greats as The Jam , The Clash , and The Specials. Unnecessary Trouble track shows a great blend of these groups. This album will be a classic no matter how long the life of Hard Fi will be. A must buy . Hoping for alot more great music coming out of this band from the suburbs of London. Hard Fi are off to a very good start. Get this one now please.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want poetry.... 20 Mar 2006
By Budd fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
go & buy the collected works of Wordsworth - this is a busting-with-energy , fun , catchy rock album with some great songs - what more do you want ??!
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