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

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