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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, Rovi
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I told you so
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Fuzzy bangin' yumminess. Great band.
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Nulla Salus Sine The Hives
Forever HPA
The Hives are Law, you are crime.

I'll bash the head in of anyone who thinks otherwise... Except not really...
Same with anyone who thinks they're from Britain... DAMMIT IT EVEN SAYS THEYRE FROM SWEDEN ON THIS F**KING PAGE YOU BLIND B**TARDS...
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
F**king rocking band!!!!
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1987 im 27 ,I like fratellis yea?
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I love the hives. One of the great live bands. Hiiiiiiiiiii i g h energy flows from these amazing swedes like water from a river. Howlin pete is a fabulous front man. They all dress in uniform and act as a unit........ simply put THEY ROCK.
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They are b**chin
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Cool songs but to the new generation they are dead.
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Are they underrated?
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1412270141
Way to diss em Joey p
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i saw them live, they were great
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Seeing them live is a must
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I'm not putting them down
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Actually white stripes are more raw and original than the hives which have mid 60's English rock sounds but are nevertheless kewl in their own right
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Whooooo hoooooo
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They're two diferent styles of music, Charlie. The Hives need that many guys because that's what they do. The two bands aren't really comparable aside from becoming popular around the same time. As much as I love Jack and The White Stripes, some of the their songs would need more than the two of them to be played the way they are in the studio.
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They need five guys to sound like they so, yet the White Stripes needed only two, an technically Jack could've recorded himself on the drums and added it in with his guitar playing, an yet the White Stripes are louder and better than these guys. (Opinion)
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@zutaragrrl saw them live in ventura amazing show!!!
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buildingmoun t a i n s 3 3 1
Like Modest Mouse mixed with The Strokes, = amazing.
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Whatever you do, find a way to see them live- it'll be the best show of your life
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cheesutin
these guys remind me of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe that did Super Troopers and Beerfest
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AWESOME I JUST GOT A VIRUS

IT RUINED MY COMPUTRE Tî5○↨43≤523# >
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maaztx
Awesome!
I just got a free
iTunes Card Code and it was valid!
Awesomeness! ! ! ! Got it at freeitunes↔
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Lilynichols me to im alsø from Sverige in swedish it means SWEDEN
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These people are swedish! ME TOO!!!
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sciencewoods
I love The Hives!!!! I saw them in Vegas!!
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Best Band Ever!!!! Awesome music!! Viva The Hives
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mistycara13
Love their sound!
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Hilarious in concert.... and incredible show. Saw them at 9:30 DC.
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the_h_caken
saw them at summerfest! best concert ive ever been to
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pipecamp
saw them at the show box forever ago.. keep missing them when they come to seattle.
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leslieg516
I thought this was Buckcherry (who I love) when this song first came on . . . how come I have never heard of these guys?? They ROCK! Thanks, Pandora!
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gamerock10
Saw these guys yesterday live on Jimmy Kimmel! These guys are absolutely amazing!!!
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Kicked a** at Coachella!
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Try Dear and the Headlights- Run in Front, Daysleeper or The Weeks- Buttons, Sailor Song. Music that needs to be brought to the attention of the mass population for the good of the world. Please pass this wave of truly great unrecognized music onward!!!!
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Remind me of Refused. Fkn rockn!
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They're my new favourite band!
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Awesome band
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I love these guys, such great energy:)
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Here at X1FM we strive to bring you the best artists and the greatest performances . Check out this X1FM exclusive live performance from The Hives and you'll see what we mean.

http://www.x 1 f m . c o m / a l t e r n a t i v e # / o n - d e m a n d / l i v e - p e r f o r m a n c e s / T h e - H i v e s - L i v e - P e r f o r m a n c e
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Haha Saw These Guys Live They Deserve The "Best Live Band" Title They Have Claimed :)
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jshatts
they are AMAZING live. so much fun!
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These guys rock! I would love to see them live.
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arupp0
u like your punk rock loud? they blow your mind apart live, loudest show ive ever been to, with quality sound to boot
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hey jakedad, go back to takin ur dads dick and shut the hell up :D
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f**kin gay.
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even better live...AMAZI N G ! ! !
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We can thank Britain for a majority of our good music since the mid-60s. Hate to say I told you so, Mark, but trendy doesn't equal bad. The Kinks used less chords in ther repertoire, with even more results.
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The Hives are law, you are crime.
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I actually really liked them before they got huge... found them on a punk sampler. I got annoyed when they got huge. Reminded me of the Rolling Stones... stop strutting and just rock man!
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