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

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