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

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