20. The Arctic Monkeys-Favourite Worst Nightmare.
28. Hard Fi-Once Upon a Time in the West
Is there a better modern postpunk pop album than Hard Fiâ€™s â€œStars of CCTV?â€ Maybe not. Although the bandâ€™s follow-up isnâ€™t quite as good (it smacks a little too much of money and production), itâ€™s nevertheless a great, fun release. Is there a rawer, more earnest modern postpunk album than Arctic Monkeys, â€œWhatever They Say I Am Iâ€™m Not?â€ Maybe not. Although the bandâ€™s follow-up isnâ€™t quite as good (it smacks a little too much of money and production), itâ€™s nevertheless a great, fun release. Iâ€™m ranking AM above HF here because AM have more wit, more range, and, clearly, more fun. Thereâ€™s a sense of danger in Favourite Worst Nightmare that is noticeably absent from Once Upon a Time in the West. If the bandâ€™s ska/reggae influences were to be labeled, Arctic Monkeys would be the Peter Tosh to Hard Fiâ€™s Bob Marley. Hard Fi clearly wants to be liked and wants to sell albums, so they produced a less desparate, less disjointed album. Maybe thatâ€™s why they got pretty much ignored by every blogger out there except for me. Maybe Iâ€™m crazy to dig Hard Fi so much in spite of that fact. Sometimes, clean, well-produced dance punk is just what the doctor ordered. But if your prescription is for something more punk, you
should turn to the Arctic Monkeys.
And, for Hard Fi, a live show from earlier this year, in Germany: A few tastes, then a zip:
Middle Eastern Holiday (Wrongtom meets The Rockers East Of Medina)
I Close My Eyes
Can’t Get Along
Tied Too Tight
I Shall Overcome
We Need Love
Hard To Beat
Stars of CCTV
Living for the Weekend