The Hives

The Hives

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Born in 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden, The Hives have long been a rock 'n’ roll force to be reckoned with. Their debut, 1997’s Barely Legal, shot thru the punk community like a runaway locomotive, with faster-than-fast blistering punk that had the punks cheering and raising bottles and cans, but left most of the mainstream going, "Oh… well… uhm what?". With 2000’s more studio-wise Veni Vidi Vicious, and the UK smash Your New Favourite Band (a compilation of songs from Barely Legal, VVV and the A.k.a I-D-I-O-T EP), however, The Hives wrote the book on the decade’s garage-rock success together with the likes of Detroit's The White Stripes to name but one of many.

Your New Favourite Band even went not silver, gold or even multi-platinum, but diamond, thanks to the hits ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’, ‘Main Offender’, ‘Supply And Demand’ and ‘Die, Alright!’ These songs blew people’s brains out and the boys in black and white got their first taste of radio and music television airplay. The world had crumbled and now greeted The Hives with open arms, endearing letters and red carpets, while hymns and children were produced in their honour. This black-and-white phenomenon toured constantly for three years and no-one wanted it to end, but the boys had decided to record again as they could not let go of the idea of reinventing not only rock 'n’ roll but also themselves.

Their third and – as the band had decided in their early teens with the black-and-white logic (no pun intended) of zealous youths – last record – as no band to their knowledge had ever made more than 3 good records in a row – 2004’s Tyrannosaurus Hives, successfully patted down the earth around the flag they’d placed atop this measly globe. With further hits like the unstoppable ‘Walk Idiot Walk’, ‘Two-Timing Touch & Broken Bones’ and ‘A Little More For Little You’, they once again repeated the cycle – "release new Hives record, conquer world by touring, repeat". And, God knows, like marauding vikings with much better dress sense, they conquered!

With 2007's mindblower The Black and White Album, on which they messed with the ‘Hives voice’ by for the first time entertaining the notion of outside influence, in the shape of music producers such as Pharrell Williams, Jacknife Lee and Dennis Herring, The Hives landed a fish so big not even Mother Earth could swallow it. The second big bang was a fact, and that, folks, was exactly what the first single/hit song from the album stated – ‘Tick Tick Boom!’ Once again the success cycle was repeated, and after the 400 gigs and 25 nights in hospitals that followed that record, The Hives again felt that three years on the road was sufficient. Even if they did manage to extend their live universe with visits to previously uncharted South American lands like Chile, Argentina and Brazil, they decided it was time to hit the studio again. It was time for the Big Kahuna, the Colossus of Rhodes, the greatest wonder the world had ever seen! It was time to present the laws of The Hives. It was time to write –– Lex Hives!!!

Perhaps having acquired a taste for working with big-shot producers on The B&W Album, they this time decided to track down the five biggest names in popular music for the job. The names that came up? Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, and Vigilante Carlstroem. The five members of The Hives knew that in order to make the boat rock, one needed the ones who'll rock the boat (simple Hives logic). Said and done, The Hives curled up in their patented fetal studio position and in the next two years hunkered in the rock & roll laboratory – various laboratories, in fact, including Atlantis, RMV and Decibel in Stockholm, and legendary Hansa in Berlin – and meticulously built what now is named Lex Hives!

Louder. Bolder. Prouder. More convinced than ever.
You are finally out of the dark ages and steering toward the light.

This is THE LAW. The Law that is Hives. LEX HIVES!
The laws of nature are pale in comparison and The Hives demand nothing but complete obedience.
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The Hives Discography

Albums

MOCLIFF 016 The Hives Barely Legal (Album) Burning Heart Records MOCLIFF 016 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
CLVLX. 338 The Hives Veni Vidi Vicious (Album) Sire, Burning Heart Records, Epitaph CLVLX. 338 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
B0003105-02 Hives* Tyrannosaurus Hives (Album) Polydor B0003105-02 US 2004 Sell This Version
B0010031-02 The Hives The Black And White Album (Album) A&M Octone Records B0010031-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
88691978231 The Hives Lex Hives (Album) Sony Music Japan International Inc. 88691978231 Germany 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

jabsco 001 The Hives Oh Lord! When? How?(CD, EP) Sidekicks Records jabsco 001 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
RPM023 The Hives a.k.a I-D-I-O-T (EP) Burning Heart Records RPM023 US 1998 Sell This Version
hard-on #2 The Hives / The Pricks The Hives / The Pricks - A Killer Among Us (EP) Hard-On Records hard-on #2 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
BHR 1034 The Hives Hate To Say I Told You So (Single) Burning Heart Records BHR 1034 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
BHR 1051 The Hives Die, All Right! (Maxi, Single) Burning Heart Records BHR 1051 Sweden 2001 Sell This Version
7SN006 The Hives Main Offender (Single, Maxi) Burning Heart Records 7SN006 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
mc5055s The Hives Supply And Demand(7", Ltd) Poptones mc5055s UK 2001 Sell This Version
FRONTIER 001 Slide & The Cure & The Hives Slide & The Cure & The Hives - Cos I Wanna / New Forest(12") Frontier FRONTIER 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
B0002971-21 The Hives Walk Idiot Walk (Single, Maxi) Polydor B0002971-21 US 2004 Sell This Version
9868353 The Hives Two-Timing Touch And Broken Bones (Maxi, Single) Polydor 9868353 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Hives2 The Hives Pocket Snippets Sampler(CD, Mini, Promo, Smplr) Polydor Hives2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
LITTLEMORE1 The Hives A Little More For Little You (Single) Polydor LITTLEMORE1 UK 2005 Sell This Version
UICP-1064 The Hives Tussles In Brussels EP(CD, EP) Polydor UICP-1064 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
0602517489127 The Hives Tick Tick Boom (Single) Polydor 0602517489127 US 2007 Sell This Version
B0010368-22 The Hives Primer(CD, EP) A&M Octone Records B0010368-22 US 2007 Sell This Version
174 306-8 Timbaland Featuring The Hives Timbaland Featuring The Hives - Throw It On Me(CD, Single, Enh) Universal Music Australia 174 306-8 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
none The Hives Black, White, And Run: Nike+ Original Remix (Single) Nike+ Sport Music none US 2008 Sell This Version
THRULECDP1 The Hives We Rule The World (T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.) (Single) Polydor THRULECDP1 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
none The Hives & Cyndi Lauper The Hives & Cyndi Lauper - A Christmas Duel (Single) No Fun AB none 2008 Sell This Version
THV7-525312 The Hives Tarred And Feathered (EP) No Fun AB THV7-525312 Europe 2010 Sell This Version