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The Hives

The Hives: Tyrannosaurus HivesTyrannosaurus Hives (2004)
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Contributed by: adamAdam
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It's been a long time coming but Tyrannosaurus Hives was worth it. The Hives' first release proper full length in nearly four years couldn't be more to the point as it slams through 12 tracks in a half hour, but those 12 tracks easily let the record live up to the might its title boasts. The band is.
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It's been a long time coming but Tyrannosaurus Hives was worth it. The Hives' first release proper full length in nearly four years couldn't be more to the point as it slams through 12 tracks in a half hour, but those 12 tracks easily let the record live up to the might its title boasts. The band is still charmingly and consciously self absorbed but with this effort (like it's predecessor) that bravado, however tongue-in-cheek, is warranted.

"Walk Idiot Walk" blatantly lifts from The Who's "I Can't Explain" but as a single it couldn't be more perfect. It's perhaps the band's best example of their heart-in-the-60s / head-in-the-70s songwriting (particularly evident on video where Howlin' Pelle Almqvist claims Sir Mick's swaggering chicken-walk for his own). The fact that this band can put out singles that simultaneously ape the Rolling Stones, The Stooges, Buzzcocks and The Who and yet sound distinctly "Hives" is a feat in itself. Almqvist is the real star of the record, as he proves himself one of the most distinctive rock frontmen today. While he never really leaves the "excited-shout" range his voice has unmistakable character and his lyrical delivery is absolutely top notch throughout the entire record.

"A Little More For Little You" matches up an incredibly infectious pop chorus with jittering verses to create a one of the record's high points. It's followed by the simply phenomenal "B Is for Brutus." The band chugs along in a rhythmically propelled tune while the lead guitar, distorted and buzzing like a severely ill tempered hornet, churns out an instantly memorable and completely sinister sounding riff. "Diabolic Scheme" is a curious track and unlike anything The Hives have done before. A string section screeches and jumps behind the band's pulsing guitar (or is it a synth? It's hard to tell at times). The song's like a warped new-wave version of the violin murder-theme from Psycho (and yet also features one of the band's more interesting and chaotic guitar solos). "Dead Quote Olympics" is a surprisingly fun bit of light hearted jangling pop in a collection of it that would make Pete Shelley proud.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is a good summer record, just shy of truly great. The majority of it's tracks are holding pattern with Veni Vidi Vicious (which is a high standard in itself) but on a few tantalizing songs ("Brutus" and "Diabolic" in particular) gleams of brilliance shine through. One only hopes that it's not another four years until the next chapter.


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Anonymous (October 18, 2004)

cool band and cool record but not so cool how all the magazines say....

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

That must have been a talented kid then...

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

if you had never heard this band or heard of them and the kid down the street told you it was his band and to listen to it, you would pop it in, say "meh..." and throw it out the window. Assholes...

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

" I'm saying that most people who are genuinely into rock n roll and have been for a while will at least see the Hives as a sign of hope for the future of the art. "

i dont see the Hives as any sign of hope. it's rehashed 60's garage rock, and one might as well listen to the Nuggets record.

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

hate hate hate hate hate this band

Cos (July 25, 2004)

The Hives blew up because on infuential English label (Poptones or something) started promoting them heavily across the UK. They got picked up, the American press reads the British press, and a psuedo-phenomena is born (see the White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines).

Its worth noting that none of the aforementioned bands are going to over take Linkin Park anytime soon. The Hives last record never went gold, the first Strokes barely made it (I'd guess their new one isn't even close) and i don't think ANYONE has gone platinum--maybe the White Stripes?. Not even an overplayed iPod commercial could make Jet superstars.

I'm sure the major label industry can sleep soundly knowing that they can still make hits out boring mediocracy like Hoobastank.

--Cos

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

Great Album. It got more singles on it than any other of their previous albums. So I don't know what people are complaining about. It's clear to me that if you don't like it, then you have never liked the Hives... :)

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

I still can't get how the fuck they got here.

Does anyone know WHY they blew up 2 years ago? They've been playing the same shitty venues to 50 people for years, and then all of a sudden they got a video on mtv and then like bam... what the fuck happened?

They were way better when they sounded like the dead kennedys.

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

good background music to help me fall asleep.

SOYBOMB (July 25, 2004)

After watching their interview from launch, I respect these guys much more.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

Craptastic!

Cos (July 25, 2004)

I don't know if my review will get posted, as I said much the same thing Adam said but slightly more critical. I really like this band, I think the record is just okay, but I will say this about them:

NEW BOMB TURKS.

Two years ago, the Hives put together an awesome comp that came free with Kerrrag! "Hometaping Vol. 1" (I don't live out there anymore and don't know if there was ever a Vol. 2) had a bunch of awesome stuff on it, from the Detriot Cobras and the Dirtbombs to the Dead Kennedys, the Saints, and the Damned. And then they put on "Id Slips In" by the New Bomb Turks.

Previously, I thought the Hives sounded just like sped-up Ramones with some Stooges swagger thrown in and the New Bomb Turks were one of those weird bands my older brother had that I never properly checked out (and another aging garage band Epitaph picked up when they were past their prime). This track just exposes the whole thing. The only the Hives don't replicate are the guitar solos. This isn't bad--the Hives are still awesome, but its always good to know where it all comes from

--Cos

Anonymous (July 24, 2004)

This album just fuckin' rocks. Period.

I think B Is For Brutus might be one of my favorite songs of all time.

Anonymous (July 24, 2004)

Fantastic album. These guys are great.

slicknick (July 24, 2004)

The HIVES are refreshing in a mainstream music scene of depressingly shite bands. I've seen a few live vids on MTV and they are sloppy and energetic, and the thing that strikes me most about them is their ability to actually *shock* write their own riffs instead of every other 'alternative' band that will either re-hash the 'When I Come Around' chords, or if they're emo, NIRVANA's 'Something In The Way'.

Not-To-Regret (July 24, 2004)

Once again the allmighty BSD rules over ever thread with his superior opinions... I apologize that I haven't had time to listen to the entire AC/DC and Who catalogues in order to compare them to the hives... sorry I'm only 20 years old and haven't spent a million hours researching every band that ever existed just so I can beat everyone at musical trivia and analysis.

Anonymous (July 24, 2004)

awesome album. great band that released 3 of my favorite albums, barely legal, veni vidi vicious, and tyrannosaurus hives. anyone who doesnt like them obviously didnt give them enough of a chance and is judging off of there singles. they also put on the best live show i have ever seen. a must buy, along with the rest of their music.

BSD (July 23, 2004)

As the Hives? Like who?

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

bsd, i think it's ace that you defend the hives, but, why? i've seen you making fun of bands who sounds exactly the same.

BSD (July 23, 2004)

The Hives have been around for longer than five years. EF is cool, too, though.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

If I want rock, I'll drop the Electric Frankenstein. Who would have saved rock if that was the cool thing to do five years ago.

adam (July 23, 2004)

BSD, FortyMinutesWest: Its nice to see a real conversation going on here amongst people who disagree that hasn't degraded into petty name calling.

I think my own tastes are pretty close to what BSD has described, hence my positive review and support for The Hives.

-adam

FortyMinutesWest (July 23, 2004)

That's fine then.

My friends who don't like the Hives just don't enjoy their music, which is the same way I feel, although it's for different reasons. They consider them to be unoriginal, I just don't like the music. I wouldn't consider myself a huge fan of straight up rock n roll, I wouldn't turn it off it happened to be on, but I wouldn't seek it out.

The thing is, I can see how bands like this are embraced for their personas. But at the same time, people take Avenged Sevenfold totally seriously (fans and haters alike).

BSD (July 23, 2004)

I've heard plenty of metalcore, Forty. I'm not into the scene, but I've gone to about ten metalcore shows with fairly varied lineups. Aside from that, most of my friends are fauxcore kids and admit that they don't listen to real hardcore. They're ex-metalheads acting like most kids, jumping on the latest trend. So I've heard plenty of metalcore as well gone to the shows. I have a right to decide that metalcore is a weak mix of the worst of metal and worst of hardcore.

As for my Hives presumptions, if these friends of yours who love '77 punk hate the Hives, it's probably because they're on MTV. Honestly, if you look at the music, the Hives are one of the closest things to a '77 rock band.

I don't care if they're "punk" or not. They aren't. I just think it's great that a band is coming along and pissing off the scene kids, the emo kids, the metalcore kids, etc. while on MTV and playing some great rock n roll.

I'm not saying you're an emo kid because you don't like the Hives, I'm saying that most people who are genuinely into rock n roll and have been for a while will at least see the Hives as a sign of hope for the future of the art.

Really, I don't consider hardcore or metalcore rock n roll. It's "highly" structured noise, but it doesn't rock. Metalcore bands' riffs don't sound like rock n roll to me.

And that's why I'll take the Hives over Dillinger Escape Plan. When I want to hear noise rock (which I consider all modern forms of metal and newer forms of punk), I'll put on DEP or Melt-Banana or whatever. When I want to hear rock, I'll listen to the Hives or the Ramones or the Dead Boys, etc. Rock n roll happens to be my preference.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

HAHAHAHA!

Good gracious! What crawled up, manman's butt this morning? Lay off the sugar-coated cereal man, and easy on the trigger finger. I assure you, the Hives are only 25% more "punk-rawk" then you. A measly twenty-five percent man...man! Well, you did nail one item right on the nose, Wal-Mart, and the "punkness, that is the mega-world-dominating-conglomerate.

I'm not the biggest fan of this band, but the tunes are mildly enjoyable.

-ObeyYourParents

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

score is for the Ron Jeremy look-a-like with the stache.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

wow, that guy a couple posts down from me sure sounds like an ass.

SOYBOMB (July 23, 2004)

hahahahahaha, that last post was great, especially if the guy was being sarcastic...

...If not though...

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

manman (July 23, 2004)

Punk on MTV? What? "Punk" on MTV? Isn't that some sort of paradox or something, I mean, aren't they typically considered diametrically opposed. That is kind-of like a website being organized to promote "Punk Music" that uses credit cards for admittance. Interpunk.com is just about that "punk" and it puts up a fascade just like the Hives. When was the last time a major chain of stores like "Best Buy" was ever considered a place where you could go to fulfill your "punk" needs?

I suppose that the $10 used to procure this CD is a modest cost for any CD. If you like anything, heavy emphasis on the ANYTHING, then go to your nearest "punk-retailer: Best Buy" and pick up a copy, while you are at it you should pick up an F'n Punk Slurpee from Wal-Punk-Mart. If you don't then don't. That is just one Manman's opinion. He doesn't like "syndicated punk" music for the masses of teens.

FortyMinutesWest (July 23, 2004)

"It's kind of sad that playing rock n roll influenced rock n roll is considered a "schtick". I think the Hives' music is more genuine than DEP and certainly less of a fashion phad than Avenged Sevenfold.

Couldn't Worn Thin be considered a "schtick" band? Any band that's playing back to basics music isn't going to be all that groundbreaking, but the Hives put their own twist on the retro-rock sound. They aren't boring like the Strokes or influenced by shitty bands (the Vines, any metalcore band).

I wouldn't call the Hives a "schtick" band, because their albums are basically modeled after old rock records. Intro, rock tracks, 1 slow song, more fast tracks, and a closer. What's great to me is that a band can have such good influences (Ramones, Stooges, even Minor Threat), make good music, and be popular.

This is music that the kids with emo haircuts will hate and little girls will find confusing. This is music that genuine rock n roll lovers will agree is fantastic and the rest will try to forget about, and I can't remember a band like this getting on MTV and being able to sell their records for 10 bucks at Best Buy in my life time.

If you like metalcore, nu-core, fauxcore, emo, or pop-punk, you'll probably hate this. If you love the Rolling Stones, the Sonics, the Stooges, and first wave punk, you'll think it's great.

If you don't... Have fun with those Winger bootlegs you got off eBay.

-BSD"

Haha, yes BSD, the Hives have come to crush all the pretenders and bring punk back to its roots!

I knew that comment would set you off, but I was mainly referring to their supposed attitude, not their music. I think Avenged Sevenfold is a "schtick band" too, I just find their act a little more entertaining than The Hives.

Funny, you either like the Hives or you're an emo kid, great. Then you go out and insult metalcore bands, most of which you've never listened to. At least I listen to bands before I write them off.

Not liking the Hives says nothing about me, aside from "I don't like the Hives." I know plenty of people who like the first wave of punk that think the Hives are shit, so it's obviously not just those mysterious emo kids who don't like them.

And Kip Winger is a fucking genius.

SOYBOMB (July 23, 2004)

Honestly, this disc, as well as Veni Vidi Vicious are two fantastic records in the same vein of... well... rock and roll.

This band has great stage presence and really plays their music with a certain unapologetic attitude that's just undeniably infectious.

As for AC/DC...

...Not interested.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

The Knitting Factory in NYC has a "Lebowski Fest":

"Lebowski Fest is a celebration of all things Lebowski and includes: •Free Bowling and Shoe Rental •Costume, Trivia, Farthest Traveled, and Bowling Contests •Celebrity Appearances •White Russians, Sarsaparillas, and Oat Sodas •Screening of the film •What-Have-You"

What is the greatness of this movie? People here who've seen it, please, do tell!

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

"the bass player should wear a t-shirt that reads "free mustache rides" - he really does have a pretty sweet mustache - it'd be better if he also had a feathered mullet."

and if he lost 20...

Jesse (July 23, 2004)

Whoever doesn't like AC/DC, well, you're just being foolish. I admit, there are some less than appealing songs that they've made (Big Balls), but the amount of quality, no frillls rock n' roll that they've created is amazing.

You have to take this band in context. Sure, they were just another simplistic rock n' roll band in the 70s, but after Bon Scott's death and their return in the 80s, they kept rocking their simplistic rock n' roll. You can listen to their entire discography and hear the same basic rock music all the way through.

Most bands didn't survive the 70s without making a disco song. The 80s was dominated by hair-metal and new-wave. And yet, AC/DC continued to rock.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

I'm not a fan of them. They played in my school when i was like 12 years old. I'm 20 now. They used to rip off dead kennedys more though, that was way cooler, btw, is there any interest in buying old hives demos? i got a shitload on casettes.

- Lars

stevejonestherealbones (July 23, 2004)

the singer dud is annoying

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

greg0rb (July 23, 2004)

Now that I have digested it, I have concluded... this album rules. And I agree with youwith most of your comments BSD, for once, as well as the guy a bunch of posts down about Devo. This album reminds me a lot of their first "Are We Not Men?..." before they got really synth-heavy. Good stuff.
-Greg

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

It's kind of sad that playing rock n roll influenced rock n roll is considered a "schtick". I think the Hives' music is more genuine than DEP and certainly less of a fashion phad than Avenged Sevenfold.

Couldn't Worn Thin be considered a "schtick" band? Any band that's playing back to basics music isn't going to be all that groundbreaking, but the Hives put their own twist on the retro-rock sound. They aren't boring like the Strokes or influenced by shitty bands (the Vines, any metalcore band).

I wouldn't call the Hives a "schtick" band, because their albums are basically modeled after old rock records. Intro, rock tracks, 1 slow song, more fast tracks, and a closer. What's great to me is that a band can have such good influences (Ramones, Stooges, even Minor Threat), make good music, and be popular.

This is music that the kids with emo haircuts will hate and little girls will find confusing. This is music that genuine rock n roll lovers will agree is fantastic and the rest will try to forget about, and I can't remember a band like this getting on MTV and being able to sell their records for 10 bucks at Best Buy in my life time.

If you like metalcore, nu-core, fauxcore, emo, or pop-punk, you'll probably hate this. If you love the Rolling Stones, the Sonics, the Stooges, and first wave punk, you'll think it's great.

If you don't... Have fun with those Winger bootlegs you got off eBay.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

ACDC is fucking overated that shit is lame

FortyMinutesWest (July 22, 2004)

This band's schtick bores me.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

"I totally thought the new single was a rip-off of AC/DC when I heard it on the radio"

Totally?

Were the Who ripping off AC/DC?

-BSD

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

The only complaint I had is that they gave a "I'M A ROCKSTAR" vibe, but other than that it was worth the 10 bucks."

Thats their schtick, if your expecting any less your kidding yourself

Barkley

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

I like the hives, but to be honest, i think they ripped of devo a bit more than allowed... robot-rock to the max! (minus the synths)

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

"this has nothing to do with the hives, but do any of you know the song that has these lyrics 'I am I am ordinary' and its kind of a dance new wave song?"

moving units - "i am"

FeatheredMullet (July 22, 2004)

the bass player should wear a t-shirt that reads "free mustache rides" - he really does have a pretty sweet mustache - it'd be better if he also had a feathered mullet.

Not-To-Regret (July 22, 2004)

I totally thought the new single was a rip-off of AC/DC when I heard it on the radio... and they're supposed to be playing what kind of music? Garage Punk? Bleh!

AnaMorph0sIs (July 22, 2004)

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. This is just boring.

BSD (July 21, 2004)

I don't know, the guy copies the chord progression, but his guitar technique sounds so different from Pete's that you can only hear the skeleton of it being copied. Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Clash both had more blatant copies.

theOneTrueBill (July 21, 2004)

Ticket for the Chicago show at the metro are sold out. I went ot buy them today. :( :( :(

adam (July 21, 2004)

"Shit, how many songs do this!?!?"

Lots. This one more blatantly than others.

-adam

at_the_drive_in_21 (July 21, 2004)

"Walk Idiot Walk" blatantly lifts from The Who's "I Can't Explain"

Shit, how many songs do this!?!?

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

It's not so much the theory as it is the inclusion

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

i'm with the guy two posts down... just got it and so far the one standout track is little more for little you... overall first impression is i'm diggin this one. and i got it came with some best buy free bonus track coupon to go online and download even more hives... not too shabby.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Yeah dead quote olympics sounds like randy! damned swedes!!! addicts of communication!!!!

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I just bought this today, so my rating is premature, but this aint as good as VVV. the song " LITTLE MORE FOR LITTLE YOU" is the best on the album. I also thought the lyrics were really good in walk idiot walk. braaah

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Anyone go to the show in DC last night??? I don't have any of their music, but it was a pretty fun show. Lots of energy. The only complaint I had is that they gave a "I'M A ROCKSTAR" vibe, but other than that it was worth the 10 bucks.

Good band Good music = Good Show

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

The only reason it appears this band has made it through the "the/garage band" fad is because the fad hasnt quite ended yet. However, there are plenty worse fads that could be and are happening so what the hell, the decadent "the" bands (while not changing history) is one most can enjoy...

-Analyzing cyclical patterns in history and popular culture-

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

this has nothing to do with the hives, but do any of you know the song that has these lyrics "I am I am ordinary" and its kind of a dance new wave song?

notaclevername (July 21, 2004)

the issue of spin is the one with eminem on the cover, sorry

notaclevername (July 21, 2004)

for the record, abracadaver is also cradle of filth's imprint (under sony, i believe)
also, i'm ready to hear this record, despite my misgivings about the quality of their live performances...if anyone has the issue of spin magazine from about this time last year you can read a letter to the editor that i wrote about how the hives disillusioned me for life with that special mtv concert they did a while after vvv came out (that crap sucked big time...no distortion on the guitars at all)

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

anyone think Randy sounds EXACTLY like The Hives???

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

anyone think Dead Quote Olympics sounds EXACTLY like a Randy song???

8dollarclarinetsolo (July 21, 2004)

abracadaver has been used before the lawrence arms too. but as forthis cd, i dont really like it that much. i think the first song is awesome but the rest i think is kinda ehh.. but i have only listened to it a few times. i love barely legal and i like vvv a lot too, but this seems to me to take the worst points of both. "BAD. BAD. they tried to stuff a dead body inside of me" thats one of the best lyrics ever.

SOYBOMB (July 21, 2004)

"Believe me, I hope it's not true, but I'm just adding everything together. There were so many allusions to them being tired and bored of being a band on "The Greatest Story Ever Told," and now with this hiatus. I have a feeling this is their way of quietly fading away."

That's why they're out playing tour dates right now, because they're just that tired of remaining in a band.

That's also why they put out a new track on some obscure Fat comp.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

My only complaint is that the cover art is not as intimidating as it should be. The classic white on black shot would have been better.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

hardcore dancing is funny.

MarkieStabone (July 21, 2004)

this album is pretty good, russ rankin's vocals are strong as ever. this sounds like it could just be the next good riddance release..... oh wait... woops.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"I'm sorry, what?"

Believe me, I hope it's not true, but I'm just adding everything together. There were so many allusions to them being tired and bored of being a band on "The Greatest Story Ever Told," and now with this hiatus. I have a feeling this is their way of quietly fading away.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

the singer has to be the most fake dude on the planet right now. Don't buy this, you're better off just buying a case of beer and throwing up in the neighbor's lawn....that's what that guy from the hives would do.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

i like the hives and own vvv, barely legal, and the aka idiot ep, but for my money the new bomb turks will always be leagues ahead of these guys. destoy oh boy and information highway revisited trump any records the hives have put out and probably will put out.

that being said, i'll buy the new hives this week.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

sometimes, they come back.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Someone should suckerpunch this band, NSK-style...

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

The will not quit after this album, but they might change name, since most bands only do three great records (a thought that now is starting to change, since they begin to enjoy the later work of some of the bands that inspire them). They have thought about the name "The Best"... which would be so The Hives

adam (July 21, 2004)

"Oh, I didn't buy the re-issue. Straight up used old copy, the kind that even has the disclaimer about how CD audio is so much better than tapes."

Either way not a bad purchase. Marquee Moon is one of my favorite records ever.

-adam

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"Two-timing touch and broken bones" wasn't mentioned but I would say that it will be one kind of like a new "Main Offender" or "Hate to say...", it's really catchy, among the best tracks on the great album, and I love it!

Jesse (July 21, 2004)

Oh, I didn't buy the re-issue. Straight up used old copy, the kind that even has the disclaimer about how CD audio is so much better than tapes.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"The Vines still kick the most ass, bar none."

That was most heinous. Please don't disgrace this thread any further.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

garage rock is quickly becomming a dying fad which is sad considering what a genre it was; "96 tears", "devil with a blue dress", "surfin bird", "gloria", "louie, louie", "nobody but me"..........oh wait that died 30 years ago. but in all fairness and in all of the carbon-copied "garage rock" that is overly-produced(its not called "garage" rock for no reason) and lacking of creativity and evolution, the hives are a good band. the guy, nick i believe is his name, had a voice made for this kind of music and has more heart and soul then pretty much any other band out there now.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Garage rock is taking over your hardcore world!

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

the hives "the" in the name is really the only comparison to the other "garage rock" revolution bands, because these guys have always been more punk rooted then the others, and while they all have put out what I think are albums equally as good as their last go round, The Vines still kick the most ass, bar none. This is a sick record though

BSD (July 21, 2004)

I fucking hate the new Television reissues. Their albums, like the Ramones, are long enough for what they are. I don't need forty minutes of the Ramones, I need 25, but if you're going to add on tracks, don't make them demo versions of songs I just heard! The only good Ramones re-issue was "Leave Home", and that's because the bonus tracks are from a live show at the Whiskey. Get the original LP/CD version of "Marquee Moon" budjet priced and appreciate the great work of art as it was meant to be heard.

gladimnotemo (July 21, 2004)

I'm going to buy this as soon as I sell my Vines CD, repent, and make it to the store.

The Hives certainly made it through the "The"/garage band phase....so did the Stripes and the Strokes...but....they're easily the most original of the bunch.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

"while I buying the long overdue necessity "Marquee Moon" by Television today (check me out! I'm pretentiously cool!!!11),"

pfff.if you were really cool yuod have already ownded that long ago.

PS. this hives cd is really great. I like the slight new wave/devo influence mixed in with the catchy garage rock stuff.

greg0rb (July 21, 2004)

Tomorrow, it shall be mine.
Hives, I have stayed devoted to you, don't fret. I could never stray!
-Greg

inagreendase (July 21, 2004)

"the late, great Lawrence Arms"

I'm sorry, what?

Jesse (July 21, 2004)

These guys do it right. Forget whiny shit like The Strokes or The Vines or anything else. This shit is fucking foot stomping swagger.

Plus I love it when Pelle flutters his eye lashes in the video for Walk Idiot Walk.

That being said, I'd never buy this album or listen to it unless someone else was around me. I've got more important music to spend my time on. In other news, while I buying the long overdue necessity "Marquee Moon" by Television today (check me out! I'm pretentiously cool!!!11), I saw some dude who was like 45 buying Tyrannosaurus Hives. How fucking cool is that?

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

anyone notice that they stole the title "Abracadaver" from the late, great Lawrence Arms?

ElVaquero (July 21, 2004)

Someone scan this ad.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

fuck this band. corporate bullshit.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I was listening to Veni VV on the airplane the other day, and on the airplane in-flight TV the fucking Hives were on! I saw the video for Walk Idiot Walk, and even though it kinda sucked I was like sweet, The Hives are on tv... and not some horrible pop shit like coheed and cambria or yellowcard. The Hives are so fucking cool.

lostinthecrowd13 (July 20, 2004)

Great band. A band that can be arrogant, while at the same time making me laugh at their fake arrogance. And yes the AP ad was the best ad i've ever seen.

theOneTrueBill (July 20, 2004)

America, have you been cheating on The Hives?

Just another reason to love this band.

BSD (July 20, 2004)

No, but people classified them as such. This new material could never be called garage rock, whereas their older more Stooges meets the Rolling Stones stuff could be called that.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

"This shit is so good. After this, no one can call them a shitty garage rock band... They do something honestly new here, great stuff. Good review."

they were never a garage rock band, they were always a punk band.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Absolutely incredible. Every bit as good as VVV. Sidenote: I heard they recorded the whole album while wearing those matching white suits. How kick ass is that?

ElVaquero (July 20, 2004)

I really liked Barely Legal and VVV was pretty good too, I guess I'll check this out sometime.

adam (July 20, 2004)

Scott: Yeah I laughed out loud at that. More awesome boasting from the Hives website:

Tyrannosaurus Hives is the most highly anticipated album by the Hives since the dawn of mankind. The dumb will nod and stomp in approval. The smart will debate its power forever.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is not an album put together by “dudes” “jamming”.
It’s the result of young men tireless in their search for “better” and “more”.

Tyrannosaurus Hives is not a record outlined to fit your life. You must fit your life to IT.

-adam

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Blazingly mediocre - which is just too bad for all those people who'll have to buy this in order to hang with the cool people at the vodka bar downtown.

maverick (July 20, 2004)

Anyone see the two-page ad for this record in the August issue of AP [with Fall Out Boy on the cover]?

So, so, so hilarious. I was laughing out loud.

This record is also quite good. "Walk Idiot Walk" seems to be my favorite song thus far, but that's probably just because it's the single and I've heard it more than the rest of the disc.

-Scott

BSD (July 20, 2004)

Oh, on a side note, I think this is the last Hives album. They said they only wanted to release three albums and quit before they get boring. That may have been a joke, but they should probably do that anyway. This is the perfect exit theme for the only trully great pop band to get big for one month in the last five years.

BSD (July 20, 2004)

This shit is so good. After this, no one can call them a shitty garage rock band... They do something honestly new here, great stuff. Good review.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

I think I'll have to check it out for sure.

JoshCBFL

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