The Hellacopters

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A rock 'n' roll band from Stockholm, Sweden, founded by Nicke Andersson.

Initially a side project, The Hellacopters' was formed in 1994 with the original line-up consisting of Andersson (guitar & vocals), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). Their first album 'Supershitty To The Max' was released in June 1996, after which keyboardist Anders Lindström (aka Boba Fett) also joined the band, first as a live session musician and few years later as a a full time member. In 1997 Andersson quit in Entombed, his main band at the time, and The Hellacopters became a full-time band and the main musical outlet for Andersson.

In 1998, after touring for their second album 'Payin' The Dues', Dregen left the group to concentrate fully on his own band Backyard Babies. Following his departure, the band used few different session guitarists for touring and recording purposes (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. 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 eight years as the original line-up made a comeback in the summer 2016 and played two gigs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album.

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

Bass player Kenny Håkansson left the group in 2017 and was replaced by Sami Yaffa, who was then replaced by Dolf de Borst in 2018.

The band continues to make selected performances, mainly on summer festivals, and focus on their early material as well as playing selected songs from their later discography.
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Albums

JAZZ001CD, JAZZ 001CD The Hellacopters - Supershitty To The Max! album art The Hellacopters Supershitty To The Max! (Album) White Jazz Records JAZZ001CD, JAZZ 001CD Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
JAZZ 666 CD The Hellacopters - Respect The Rock album art Gluecifer / The Hellacopters Gluecifer / The Hellacopters - Respect The Rock (MiniAlbum) White Jazz Records, White Jazz Records JAZZ 666 CD Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
JAZZ 004CD The Hellacopters - Payin' The Dues album art The Hellacopters Payin' The Dues (Album) White Jazz Records JAZZ 004CD Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
MR-117 CD, MR117 The Hellacopters - Respect The Rock America album art 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 art The Hellacopters Grande Rock (Album) White Jazz Records, Psychout Records (2) TFCK-87173 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
POLPROCD09 The Hellacopters - High Visibility album art The Hellacopters High Visibility (Album) Universal, Polar, LED Recordings, Psychout Records (2) POLPROCD09 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
064 998-2, 064998-2/02 The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God album art The Hellacopters By The Grace Of God (Album) Universal, Polar, LED Recordings, Psychout Records (2) 064 998-2, 064998-2/02 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
064 998-2, 064998-2 The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God album art The Hellacopters By The Grace Of God(CD, Album, Red) Universal, Polar, LED Recordings, Psychout Records (2) 064 998-2, 064998-2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
KING033LP or The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead album art The Hellacopters Rock & Roll Is Dead (Album) Universal, Psychout Records (2) KING033LP or Sweden 2005 Sell This Version
CTX400CD The Hellacopters - Head Off album art The Hellacopters Head Off (Album) Wild Kingdom, Psychout Records (2) CTX400CD Australia & New Zealand 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PSYCH001 The Hellacopters - Killing Allan album art The Hellacopters Killing Allan(7", EP, Blu) Psychout Records (2) PSYCH001 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
FREAK 3 The Hellacopters - 1995 album art The Hellacopters 1995 (Single) Freak Scene Records FREAK 3 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
JAZZ002 The Hellacopters - (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! album art The Hellacopters (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! (Maxi) White Jazz Records JAZZ002 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
PON 007 The Hellacopters - What Are You album art The Hellacopters What Are You Planet Of Noise Records PON 007 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
FRO-002 The Hellacopters - Misanthropic High b/w I Got A Right album art 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 album art 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 album art The Hellacopters Riot On The Rocks(7") Safety Pin Records SP-003 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
7112 The Hellacopters - City Slang album art The Hellacopters City Slang (Single) Munster Records 7112 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
FRANK 4 The Hellacopters - Electric Frankenstein Vs. The Hellacopters album art 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
RD-07001 The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Jihad album art The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* - Rock & Roll Jihad Rocketdog Records RD-07001 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
FJ 007 The Hellacopters - Like No Other Man album art The Hellacopters Like No Other Man (Single) Flapping Jet Records FJ 007 US 1998 Sell This Version
7JAZZ010 The Hellacopters - Hey! album art The Hellacopters Hey! (Single) White Jazz Records 7JAZZ010 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
ANDA 246CD The Hellacopters - Disappointment Blues album art The Hellacopters Disappointment Blues (EP) White Jazz Records ANDA 246CD Australia 1998 Sell This Version
ES7122 The Hellacopters - Looking At Me / Rock Hammer album art The Hellacopters Looking At Me / Rock Hammer Estrus Records ES7122 US 1998 Sell This Version
HOOK 004 The Hellacopters - Check This Action album art The Hellacopters / The Powdermonkeys* The Hellacopters / The Powdermonkeys* - Check This Action (Single) Butcher's Hook HOOK 004 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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sirherbert

sirherbert

December 10, 2006
edited over 14 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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