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

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