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Hard-Fi are an English indie rock band formed in Staines, Middlesex in 2003. The band's continual members have been Richard Archer (vocals), Kai Stephens (bass guitar), Ross Phillips (guitar) and Steve Kemp (drums). Staines is a suburban location 16 miles (26 km) southwest of Central London that has significantly influenced their musical style and lyrics.Read More...
Hard-Fi achieved chart success with their third single, "Hard to Beat" and then followed by other successful singles such as "Cash Machine" and "Living for the Weekend", which all reached top 15 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album Stars of CCTV was released on 4 July 2005, and although receiving critical acclaim (NME called it album of the year and was nominated for the Mercury Prize and two BRIT Awards, Best British Group and Best British Rock Act), it didn't reach #1 in the UK albums chart until six months later on 22 January 2006. It originally peaked at number 6. The band's second album, Once Upon a Time in the West, was released on 3 September 2007 and reached number 1 in its first week.
They are generally considered part of the indie rock scene, alongside bands such as Franz Ferdinand and have often been compared to a modern version of The Clash.
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- LyricsGo to a cash machine
To get a ticket home
Message on the screen
Says don't make plans, you're broke
No, no this can't be right
- LyricsI seen you darlin'
Seen you hangin' round town
You in a short skirt
Shinin' eyes of deep brown
You had a dirty look
- LyricsOh, I've been working all week and I'm tired.
I've been working all week and I'm... just living for the weekend.
Hey hey, I got some money, I just got paid, got some money and I can't wait for 6 O'Clock,
I'm outta' heeeere
End of the night there's a club and a glass got my name on.
- LyricsSuburban days, they last so long
In shop and office, we sing our song we all sing
We ain't got nothing, nothing to do
A big fat nothing, nothing for me, nothing for you
Suburban dreams, just out of reach
- LyricsOh where I come from
I just don't conform
get me out of here
leave the boredom behind
want to see those bright lights
- Gotta Reason - 445,705 plays
- Better Do Better - 497,696 plays
- Stars Of CCTV - 394,762 plays
- Can't Get Along (Without You) - 300,013 plays
- Unnecessary Trouble - 347,053 plays