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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.   Bigger Hole to Fill
  12.   Hey Little World
  13.   The Stomp
  14.   Die, All Right!
  15.   Midnight Shifter
  16.   Take Back the Toys
  17.   A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors
  18.   Early Morning Wake Up Call
  19.   Try It Again
  20.   Well All Right!
  21.   T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.
  22.   Giddy Up!
  23.   Outsmarted
  24.   These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics
  25.   Tick Tick, Boom, song
  26.   Statecontrol
  27.   Theme From...
  28.   Without the Money
  29.   Come On!
  30.   Love in Plaster
  31.   Here We Go Again
  32.   1000 Answers
  33.   Civilization's Dying
  34.   You Dress Up For Armageddon
  35.   Square One Here I Come
  36.   The Hives Meet the Norm
  37.   See Through Head
  38.   A Little More for Little You
  39.   Untutored Youth
  40.   Supply and Demand
  41.   Inspection Wise 1999
  42.   Find Another Girl
  43.   Automatic Schmuck
  44.   Hail Hail Spit N'Drool
  45.   High School Shuffle
  46.   Without Money
  47.   If I Had a Cent
  48.   My Time is Coming
  49.   Patrolling Days
  50.   Wait a Minute
  51.   I Want More
  52.   Genepool Convulsions
  53.   Puppet on a String
  54.   Abra Cadaver
  55.   The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime
  56.   Mad Man
  57.   The Hives-Declare Guerre Nucleaire
  58.   Oh Lord! When? How?
  59.   Well, Well, Well
  60.   Insane
  61.   Nasty Secretary
  62.   Won't Be Long
  63.   You Got It All... Wrong
  64.   Antidote
  65.   Dead Quote Olympics
  66.   Missing Link
  67.   Howlin' Pelle Talks to the Kids
  68.   Lost and Found
  69.   A Get Together to Tear It Apart
  70.   The Hives-Introduce the Metric System in Time
  71.   Uptempo Venomous Poison
  72.   Black Jack
  73.   King of Asskissing
  74.   What's That Spell?... Go to Hell!
  75.   No Pun Intended
  76.   Closed for the Season
  77.   I'm a Wicked One
  78.   Knock Knock
  79.   Up Tight
  80.   B Is for Brutus

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