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

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