The Hellacopters

The Hellacopters

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Rock 'n' roll band from Stockholm, Sweden, founded by Nicke Andersson in 1994.

The Hellacopters was initially a side project for Andersson, whose main focus was composing/drumming for the seminal death metal group Entombed, but in 1997 he decided to quit in Entombed and The Hellacopters became his main musical outlet. Band's original line-up consisted of Andersson (on guitar & vocals), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) & Robert Eriksson (drums). After releasing their first album 'Supershitty To The Max' in June 1996, 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 1998, after touring for their second album 'Payin' The Dues', guitarist Dregen left the band and decided to concentrate more on his own band Backyard Babies. Following his departure, the band used few different session guitarists for tours and for recording (e.g. Chuck Pounder, Mattias Hellberg, Scott Morgan and Wayne Kramer), but didn't find a suitable replacement until in 1999, when Robert Dahlqvist joined the group, first as a touring guitarist and then as full-time member. With this "final" line-up the band released four more albums and numerous singles and EP's before deciding to call it quits in 2008. Their last gig was on October 26th 2008 at Debaser Medis in Stockholm.

Band's hiatus lasted for about seven years as the band's original line-up made a comeback in the summer 2016 and played two gigs to celebrate the 20th year of their debut album.

In February 2017 guitarist Robert Dahlqvist died at the age of 40.

The band plans to continue the celebration of their early years also in the summer 2017. This time also playing material from their second album.
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The Hellacopters Discography

Albums

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

Singles & EPs

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

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sirherbert

sirherbert

December 10, 2006
edited over 10 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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