The Hi-Fives

Members:
Chris Imlay: Guitar, Vocals
John Denery: Vocals, Guitar
Steve Faine: Bass
Gary Gutfeld: Drums
Jesse also played Bass
Danny also played Drums
Evan also played drums
Julie also played drums

See Also: The Ne’er Do Wells

It was hard not to have a crush on THE HI-FIVES the first time I ever saw them. It seemed like they returned the affection in their songs and their presence. With John swinging his free arm out in a gesture to engage every girl and boy, it was hard to avoid being sucked into their world. Their songs like “Transistor Sister,” “Don’t Kick Me Out” and “Love You Better” all sounded like they could have been coming from the mighty McCartney/Lennon pen. But it was clear to me that THE HI-FIVES were more frantic, more punk and more fun than any band they had been in before. This all began back in 1995, I had just started working at Lookout! and Chris Imlay, one of THE HI-FIVES’ founding fathers, got a job here too. When their first record came out, I read the lyrics over and over. It was Welcome to My Mind and it became my new favorite record. The songs were funny, they were smart, and well, they were confusing! Even with a song like “7 Years,” I could sing along and follow the words at the show, but when I got home and read the lyric sheet I found out he was saying “He must be really super/Just like Nietzche’s’ Zarathustra”—and it rhymed! WHO KNEW? I was drawn to them like a moth to a flame, making it to every little bar show around town. The sets were a big dance party, everyone doing the pony and the twist and the frug! The stronghold of Chris, John and Jess was their charm, from the stage and from the bar stool, they made me want to stay all night. From their goofy on-stage jokes and gags to their heartfelt joy of being able to play together, they were the most likable band I had encountered in a long time. With every bit of progress, every line up change, every new song and new record I have been a fan of THE HI-FIVES. I see John, Chris, Gary, and Steve as the new version of that same band I loved at first sight. I can’t say I predicted that they would turn out to be such a great and lasting band. I just hoped they would.—Cathy Bauer

Discography:

L215 Forward Till Death
Compact Disc
(January 1999)

L205 Get Down
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(October 1998)

L193 Gearhead Compilation
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(March 1998)

L218 Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! NTSC (American format) Video Cassette.
(January 1998)

L187 The Last Great Thing You Did
Compact Disc
(October 1997)

L154 More Bounce to the Ounce
Double Compact Disc / Double 12″ Vinyl
(June 1997)

L135 … And A Whole Lotta You
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(January 1997)

L169 Heide Sez…
Compact Disc
(October 1996)

L159 It’s Up To You
7″ Vinyl
(October 1996)

L139 Winter Compilation
Compact Disc
(January 1996)

L129 Summer Games
7″ Vinyl / Compact Disc
(January 1996)

L113 Welcome to My Mind
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1995)

L219 PAL Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! PAL (European format) Video Casette.
(August 1998)