The Hellacopters

The Hellacopters

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Rock 'n' roll band from Stockholm, Sweden.

The Hellacopters was formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson as a side project for his main band Entombed, where Andersson composed music and played drums. The original line-up consisted of Andersson (on guitar & vocals), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) & Robert Eriksson (drums). After having released two 7" singles ('Killing Allan' & '1995') their debut album 'Supershitty To The Max' was released in June 1996. Shortly after this keyboardist Anders Lindström (aka Boba Fett) also joined the band, first as live/session musician, and few years later (in 1999) as a a full time member.

In 1997 Andersson, having becomed bored with playing death metal, left Entombed and started to concentrate full-time on The Hellacopters, which became his main musical outlet for the next 11 years. The second album 'Payin' The Dues' was released in October 1997. After touring for the album guitarist Dregen decided to leave the band in 1998 to concentrate on his own band Backyard Babies. Following Dregen's departure, the band used few different session guitarists on tours, e.g. Chuck Pounder, Mattias Hellberg, Scott Morgan and Wayne Kramer filled in on the second guitar.

The third album 'Grande Rock' was released in May 1999 and having not found a permament replacement for Dregen, Lindström and Hellberg contributed on guitar during the recording. The album was also a departure from the punk rock driven style of the first two albums and showcased a more classic rock oriented band sound. For the following tours the band hired a new guitarist, Robert Dahlqvist, who also became a full time member of the band.

On October 26th 2008, The Hellacopters played their last gig at Debaser Medis in Stockholm.

On October 30th 2015, guitarist Dregen confirmed to Swedish Television that original line-up of The Hellacopters are planning a comeback for summer of 2016. So far this includes only one single gig at the Sweden Rock festival and focuses on celebrating the band's early years and specifically their debut album, which becomes 20 years old.
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The Hellacopters Discography

Albums

JAZZ 001CD The Hellacopters Supershitty To The Max! (Album) White Jazz Records JAZZ 001CD Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
JAZZ 666 Gluecifer / The Hellacopters Gluecifer / The Hellacopters - Respect The Rock (MiniAlbum) White Jazz Records, White Jazz Records JAZZ 666 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
JAZZ004LP The Hellacopters Payin' The Dues (Album) White Jazz Records JAZZ004LP Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
MR-117 CD, MR117 The Hellacopters / Gluecifer The Hellacopters / Gluecifer - Respect The Rock America Man's Ruin Records, Man's Ruin Records MR-117 CD, MR117 US 1999 Sell This Version
TFCK-87173 The Hellacopters Grande Rock (Album) White Jazz Records, Psychout Records (2) TFCK-87173 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
POLPROCD09 The Hellacopters High Visibility (Album) Universal, Polar, LED Recordings, Psychout Records (2) POLPROCD09 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
064 998-2 The Hellacopters By The Grace Of God (Album) Universal 064 998-2 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
KING033LP or The Hellacopters Rock & Roll Is Dead (Album) Universal, Psychout Records (2) KING033LP or Sweden 2005 Sell This Version
CTX400CD The Hellacopters Head Off (Album) Wild Kingdom, Psychout Records (2) CTX400CD Australia & New Zealand 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FREAK 3 The Hellacopters 1995 (Single) Freak Scene Records FREAK 3 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
PSYCH001 The Hellacopters Killing Allan(7", EP, Blu) Psychout Records (2) PSYCH001 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
PON 007 The Hellacopters What Are You Planet Of Noise Records PON 007 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
JAZZ002 The Hellacopters (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! (Maxi) White Jazz Records JAZZ002 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
FRO-002 The Hellacopters Misanthropic High b/w I Got A Right (Single) Bad Afro Records FRO-002 Denmark 1996 Sell This Version
JAZZ008CD The Hellacopters Soulseller B/W Ain't Nothin' To Do (Single) White Jazz Records JAZZ008CD Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
SP-003 The Hellacopters Riot On The Rocks(7") Safety Pin Records SP-003 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
7112 The Hellacopters City Slang (Single) Munster Records 7112 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
7JAZZ010 The Hellacopters Hey! (Single) White Jazz Records 7JAZZ010 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
ES7122 The Hellacopters Looking At Me / Rock Hammer Estrus Records ES7122 US 1998 Sell This Version
FJ 007 The Hellacopters Like No Other Man (Single) Flapping Jet Records FJ 007 US 1998 Sell This Version
RD-07001 The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* - Rock & Roll Jihad Rocketdog Records RD-07001 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
ANDA 246CD The Hellacopters Disappointment Blues (EP) White Jazz Records ANDA 246CD Australia 1998 Sell This Version
FRANK 4 Electric Frankenstein / The Hellacopters Electric Frankenstein / The Hellacopters - Electric Frankenstein Vs. The Hellacopters (EP) Frank Records, Intensive Scare Records FRANK 4 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
BANG!-4 The Hellacopters Dirty Women B/W I Only Got The Shakes (Single) Bang! Records BANG!-4 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
JAZZ023CD The Hellacopters Move Right Out Of Here (Single, Maxi) White Jazz Records, Psychout Records (2) JAZZ023CD Sweden 1999 Sell This Version

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sirherbert

sirherbert

December 10, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
The Hellacopters were the ones to kick off the "Scandinavian action rock" scene. Pro-vinyl, pro 7", they have maybe 50+ different releases on different media. One specialty of theirs was to leave out one track from the CD that was included on the vinyl. Usually the track was nothing special, but a hint for the completionists. They managed to stay clean of big record companies until their breakthrough album "High visiblity", which was a point where they changed their course into clean studio rock and away from the original dirty action rock they had originally created. Check out "High visibility", "Grande Rock" and "Paying the dues".

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