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

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