Can’t Get Along (Without You)

Richard Archer was wary of placing this on ‘Stars Of CCTV’. His reticence was well-placed, however, if only because the band would later use it to buoy up their mediocre second album. Brassy and belligerent where the rest of ‘Once Upon A Time…’ was boring, ‘Can’t Get Along (Without You)’ is the Staines slackers gone Motown. Still, it wouldn’t be a Hard-Fi record without a few couplets that drop like trashcan lids: “I slept rough, I lived on the streets/Slept rough, newspaper for sheets” being the most galling. New Year’s Eve singalongs beckon, surely.