Emerging from the mean streets of Staines in 2005, Hard-Fi’s self-produced debut album ‘Stars Of CCTV’ blasted into the charts thanks to its ska-tinged tales of suburban grit, frustration and Friday night defiance. The figures alone were staggering: they quickly sold over 1 million copies worldwide; top 15 hits for all five singles including the glitterball dancefloor smash ‘Hard To Beat’; hitting No. 1 after six full months in the album chart, and narrowly missing out on the Mercury Prize.
The band stormed on into 2007 with second album ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ which also hit No. 1, spawned the Top 10 hit ‘Suburban Knights’ and prompted a rapturously received Glastonbury headline set on the Leftfield stage.
When Hard-Fi reconvened in 2008 to work on new tracks such as ‘Fire In The House’ and ‘Love Song’, their sound drew on a rock ‘n’ roll rootsiness combined with a lingering fascination with the dance NRG that’d driven ‘Hard To Beat’. So emerged the deceptively upbeat, clap-along ‘Killer Sounds’ - a dance-rock record with depth.
Now 10 years and three top ten albums later, the band have released ‘The Best of Hard-Fi 2004 – 2014’, an album containing not only the hits, but also fan and band favourites from across their three studio albums.