Initially the album peaked at number six, but when the opening track "Cash machine" was released five months later, Hard-Fi began to increase in popularity and Stars of CCTV shot to number one.
There is a refreshingly raw quality to this album which not only comes across in the sound production, but also lyrically. The songs are about real people and real everyday problems young people face; combine this with some striking, up tempo melodies and you have an album full of great tracks people can relate to.
"Cash Machine" and "Living for the weekend" share a similar theme, that is blowing all your hard earned money on having a good time; while "Hard to beat," arguably the best track on the album, provokes an insuppressible desire to sing along.
"Move on now" comes across as a departure from Hard-Fi's signature high energy sound, but beautifully placed in the middle, it offers a brief respite with its gentle, melodic piano and softer vocal.
"Better do better" is a lyrical masterpiece expressing the writer's anger, hurt and very human vulnerability through the lines of each of the verses and the bridge. However through the lyrics of the chorus, the song reaches its empowering conclusion.
An excellent debut release from a young band who started out with nothing.