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The Hives

Eight years into their career, the Hives rose from garage rock stalwarts to one of the trendiest bands of the early 2000s, along with the Strokes and the White Stripes. Mixing arty contrivances such as a strict black-and-white dress code and the guidance of a (possibly imaginary) Svengali named Randy Fitzsimmons with Stooges-inspired rock, the Hives -- Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist -- formed in 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden, while they were still in their teens. After signing with a subsidiary of the Burning Heart label in 1995, they released their debut EP, Oh Lord! When? How?, the following year. The group switched to Burning Heart for their first full-length, Barely Legal, in 1997; that year they also embarked on their first U.S. tour. After the release of 1998's A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T EP, changes in the band's management put things on hold for a time. However, the Hives returned in 2000 with their second full-length album, Veni Vidi Vicious, which featured the singles "Hate to Say I Told You So" and "Main Offender." The album, along with tours with the like-minded International Noise Conspiracy and the Hellacopters, generated serious buzz around the group, leading to praise from stars as diverse as Noel Gallagher and Courtney Love, and a deal with Alan McGee's Poptones label in 2001. In the United States, Gearhead Records reissued Barely Legal, A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T, and Hate to Say I Told You So. More touring and the re-release of their singles in the U.K. culminated with the Top Ten debut of Your New Favourite Band, a compilation of songs from their two previous albums and EPs, upon its release in spring 2002. That summer, the Hives returned to the U.S. for another round of live dates before playing the Reading and Leeds festivals, among others. The band spent most of 2003 in the studio and out of the limelight, but they returned with a vengeance in 2004: Your New Favourite Band was reissued in the States by Sire Records; Interscope released the Walk Idiot Walk single and the Hives' third full-length, Tyrannosaurus Hives. Late in 2007, The Black and White Album, which featured production work from the Neptunes, arrived. In 2012, after playing a series of secret shows in Stockholm, the band released their fifth album, Lex Hives, on their own Disque Hives label. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Hate to Say I Told You So
  3.   Tick Tick Boom
  4.   Main Offender
  5.   Walk Idiot Walk
  6.   A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T
  7.   Go Right Ahead
  8.   Return the Favour
  9.   Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones
  10.   Diabolic Scheme
  11.   Well All Right!
  12.   Die, All Right!
  13.   Midnight Shifter
  14.   Take Back the Toys
  15.   Early Morning Wake Up Call
  16.   A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors
  17.   The Stomp
  18.   Bigger Hole to Fill
  19.   Try It Again
  20.   T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.
  21.   Hey Little World
  22.   Giddy Up!
  23.   Outsmarted
  24.   The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime
  25.   Uptempo Venomous Poison
  26.   Tick Tick, Boom, song
  27.   Supply and Demand
  28.   The Hives-Introduce the Metric System in Time
  29.   Inspection Wise 1999
  30.   Without Money
  31.   I Want More
  32.   Knock Knock
  33.   Here We Go Again
  34.   High School Shuffle
  35.   If I Had a Cent
  36.   My Time is Coming
  37.   These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics
  38.   Without the Money
  39.   Patrolling Days
  40.   Wait a Minute
  41.   Come On!
  42.   1000 Answers
  43.   Civilization's Dying
  44.   The Hives Meet the Norm
  45.   Antidote
  46.   See Through Head
  47.   B Is for Brutus
  48.   A Little More for Little You
  49.   Mad Man
  50.   Untutored Youth
  51.   Statecontrol
  52.   Hail Hail Spit N'Drool
  53.   Automatic Schmuck
  54.   King of Asskissing
  55.   Insane
  56.   Lost and Found
  57.   What's That Spell?... Go to Hell!
  58.   You Dress Up For Armageddon
  59.   Won't Be Long
  60.   You Got It All... Wrong
  61.   Up Tight
  62.   Abra Cadaver
  63.   Howlin' Pelle Talks to the Kids
  64.   A Get Together to Tear It Apart
  65.   The Hives-Declare Guerre Nucleaire
  66.   Well, Well, Well
  67.   Black Jack
  68.   Genepool Convulsions
  69.   Puppet on a String
  70.   Dead Quote Olympics
  71.   Love in Plaster
  72.   Missing Link
  73.   Find Another Girl
  74.   Oh Lord! When? How?
  75.   Theme From...
  76.   I'm a Wicked One
  77.   Nasty Secretary
  78.   Square One Here I Come
  79.   Closed for the Season
  80.   No Pun Intended

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