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

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