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

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