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>The Hives are a rock band from Fagersta, Sweden that first rose to prominence in the early 2000s as a leading group of the garage rock revival. Their breakthrough came with the release of the “best-of” compilation Your New Favourite Band, featuring their most commercially successful song “Hate to Say I Told You So”. The band produces punk-influenced garage rock songs and wear matching black and white suits.

Vocalist Pelle Almqvist is known for his habits of stage diving, climbing amps, executing scissor kicks and nonsensical speech. At the 2002 Video Music Awards, on MTV, The Hives performed “Main Offender” in a “Battle of the Bands” type of set up, with The Vines playing their hit “Get Free” right after The Hives. Before The Vines began playing, Pelle Almqvist said to the crowd, “I know you want us to play more, but that’s all the time we have so you can turn off now!” The Hives performed at the 2008 NHL All Star Game in Atlanta, GA.

I saw The Hives at The Forum in Melbourne when they toured Australia a couple of years ago. They were great. Do yourself a favour and get their album “Your New Favourite Band”.

Hate To Say I Told You So

Main Offender

Tick Tick Boom

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