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Your New Favourite Band

The Hives

2001

Your New Favourite Band
Album Summary

Your New Favourite Band is a collection by The Hives released in 2001, featuring tracks from their first two albums and the A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T EP. It was released by Alan McGee's Poptones record label, which was licensed the band's songs by Burning Heart Records. The decision to release such a compilation was made with the intention of achieving mainstream success in the UK and other territories. The album was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk

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Tue Apr 19 2022
2

Do you wish the Strokes were more punk and less good? Well hot damn do we have a band for you!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

This is a compilation album so it feels kinda weird to have this one listed instead of works like Veni Vedi Vicious or Tyrannosaurus Hives. Definitely should have just had one or both of these albums listed. Aside from that though, awesome collection of post punk songs.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
1

Greatest Hits albums shouldn't be on this list. Automatic 1/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Beloved of advertisers and sports montage editors everywhere, The Hives create predictable, comforting, post punk junk. Is this meritorious? To be blunt, it differs hardly from cynically crafted synthetic pop bands. Yes, you’ll tap your foot to a few tracks but feel guilty for having done so. As for deserving a place on the list, it is truly baffling. There are many finer albums out there.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
1

Listening to this album feels like someone enthusiastically re-gifting you something they forgot you gave them in the first place. The fact that they went to a lot of trouble to wrap it doesn't reduce the feelings of confusion and discomfort you experience when you've finished opening it. If anything it makes it worse. A gift card displays a lack of personalisation and original thought, but its often the best option. A gift of utility is never an insult. Being a cover band is good honest work. I know it's boring to criticise music for reusing common chord progressions, but come on... the entirety of the *opening track* of this *compilation album* is the one chord progression over and over, only changing it up in the most boring way possible in the chorus, (by alternating between one different chord, and the original progression), which stops at multiple points to highlight that chord progression, and adds nothing interesting at any other point. It's all about that chord progression. That you've heard done in more interesting ways in countless other songs. It does successfully set the tone for the rest of the album. If you've heard music before, there's no reason to bother with this album. You've heard it all before.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

My review, in the form of a math proof. Let N = Music that is 100% absolutely my shit. 1. I have never heard of these guys. 2. I am *extremely* into Early 2000s Garage Rock Revival. 3. Therefore, N is inclusive of Early 2000s Garage Rock Revival. 4. The Hives are Early 2000s Garage Rock Revival. 5. Therefore, The Hives = N 6. Therefore The Hives = Music that is 100% absolutely my shit.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

As everyone says, probably should have been Veni Vidi Vicious on this list. I first heard The Hives from the Spider-Man soundtrack-which is some early 2000s ass music. I listened to some of it tonight after this, but most of the songs are not avalaible on Apple Music (incl. the Chad Kroger song Hero. What a crime) I think the Hives are very good for a 2-3 song stint at a time. After that they seemingly start losing melody in their songs. Why don’t they try a slower or more downbeat song to mix things up? Also did some Wikipedia research on the Hives. Apparently they formed under a different name in 1989? They would have been like 9 years old! Even when the band was started in earnest in 1993 they would have only been 14!

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Thu Jul 27 2023
3

my kids (who have never heard of this band and are unusually amenable to garage rock) think this is really good. I (who heard it 20+ years ago, and much of what it steals from decades before), do not. I record here the average

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Mon May 23 2022
5

I've got so many good things to say about The Hives. I liked these guys before they really hit big (I'm not being a hipster douche. I'm serious) and seeing them become as popular as they did,albeit briefly, was awesome. This isn't a proper album, but it doesn't matter. I needed this today. I was in such a bad mood and the combo of the beautiful sunshine and the nostalgia rush as this rang out through my car speakers was just amazing. I wish they had put The Hives Introduce The Metric System In Time on here. That was always amongst my favorites they really should've just went with Veni Vidi Vicious. Oh well. This is just so much fun.Stripped down rock'n' roll with the right blend of bite, melody, and swagger.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Fuuuuuck. This album completely shreds. It's a "feel your feelings" album that unites Gen X and millennials and I'm thankful for that. This album is the sonic personification of assertiveness. Does it have the absolute best track lineup on this list, objectively? Not quite. Is it fucking cathartic, kick-ass, and nostalgic to listen to? HELL yes. Hate to say I told you so (fave track), but this album aged very well.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

I am a huge fan of simplicity, and that's what I love about this band. Just the basics... three chords and high energy. However, despite the high energy and stylish uniforms, this band is flimsy and ephemeral. The Hives could be summed up in three words: Punk Rock Metronome. Sure, there's the contagious power of Hate to Say I Told You So and less-so some other tracks, but there's also a lot of filler. For example, 'The Hives are Law, and You are Crime' is suitable to burn time between bands or setups at shows. Also, it seems that some songs were released on other albums and then placed on this one maybe as a domestic release(?). Whatevvs. These songs are not expertly crafted and that's fine. My biggest gripe with this album is the lack of deviation. They've studied their influences. They dress like Kraftwerk and sing like The Ramones but what do they contribute to the sound? Roboticism? What happened to irrationality, incoherence of punk rock? And most importantly, the artistry in self-expression? Can you be a punk rock if you're a metronome? I don't think so. The Hives are a tribute band, and this albume is the music of 'enthusiasts'. But that is okay.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Not bad but nothing that made it stand out

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

I listened to the Hives on heavy rotation for a period of a few months in 2000. It was fresh, not too pop-sounding, and had just the right amount of scream from Pelle Almqvist. This compilation has some of their early best. A bit surprised to see a compilation on this list, I'd recommend Veni Vidi Vicious.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

What a bottled perfection of a millennial punk album. Swedes with an attitude and a sense of humour - who would have thunk? This album specifically is also a bit personal - skiving university lectures to listen to my friend describe this crazy band callled the hives that they saw at Reading - and pulling out their disc man and spending a morning with an ear bud each listening and discovering this album. Good stuff. Also perfect for running to.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
3

Guess what I came out in when I saw this was the record on the day of my youngest brother’s funeral? Mixed them up with The Vines, but they’re not that bad. Opening track’s the famous one, and it’s pretty good - hook hooks, and plays around with structure and texture just enough to make it interesting, Pixies-worthy. How’s the rest? Listenable, but little that snags memory. Recognised and enjoyed “Supply and Demand”. Garage rock is so swift and minimalist, that hooks, flourishes and refrains must catch fast, otherwise the songs sweep past traceless. “Mad Man” has a cute intro, enough to bite and note. “Here We Go Again”, has a strong axe-chop chord progression let down by a tepid chorus. After that track, only the closer, “The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime”, had me look down to check the song name, as it has a stomp and swish unheard elsewhere on the record, perhaps a factor of it being the only instrumental. The record is just under 30 minutes, which is welcome.

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Sat May 14 2022
2

I liked this type of music 20 years before this album was made but in 2001 there is one obvious question: Why?

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Wed Feb 14 2024
2

This whole album sounds like the Dollar Tree version of Blitzkrieg Bop.

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Sat May 25 2024
2

I seem to remember there being a song by The Hives in a Rock Band or Guitar Hero video game, but other than that, I can't say I'm familiar with them. As it turns out, I've heard "Hate To Say I Told You So" and "Main Offender" (maybe that was on Rock Band?) before, but the rest of this album was new to me. Anyway, I guess I'll start with the things I liked about this album. The guitar riffs were pretty infectious, and fun to tap along with, especially the first three tracks. I liked that these songs came fast, hit hard, and then moved along. It's a minor note, but I also enjoyed "The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime." There was some distortion that I really liked, and there was a part towards the end of the song where the main guitar riff faded really low, but everything else stayed the same. That guitar riff was so low that it was barely detectable, but it created a really cool effect. As for the things that I didn't like about this album, there was a lot of shine, but no substance. The guitar riffs were fun and infectious for the first three songs, but after that, the album sounded really repetitive. The Hives aren't really doing anything on this album that hadn't been done before, and this album certainly doesn't break any new ground in my opinion. I got pretty bored with it after "Supply and Demand," and the last track pulled me back in a little bit, but it was too late by that point. There are a couple of catchy tunes on this album, but that's pretty much the only thing it has going for it.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Lekker album, vast dat ik uiteindelijk dit plaatje ook in de kast wil hebben.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Successfully brings the ethos of punk into the new millennium

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Fetttt! Skjønner at folk tenkte at rocken ble gjennopplivet for 20 år siden. Hardt og vitalt! Ikke alle låter som står seg like godt, og kanskje ikke heller helt min smak lengre, men likevel når dette helt til topps.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Garage punk rock. Brutal. Vinilo.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Collection of Swedish garage punk that's pretty one note, but what a fucking note! Best Tracks: I Hate To Say I Told You So; Main Offender; Untutored Youth

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

I gotta say I was surprised by this one! I like the usual ones from The Hives like Hate To Say I Told You So and Tick Tick Boom, but I'd not really listened to them outside of the popular songs. Didn't realise how punk they got, and I am so much for it! Definitely saving a few of these tracks to other playlists. Favourite: Untutored Youth

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Grew up listening to the hives so a little biased.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

Ridículamente bueno, no mamen.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Fuck yes - big fat riffs, pedal boards the size of football fields and that weird mic distortion filter - the yard stick for the frenetic early 2000s indie rock golden years. Possibly the first recorded example of someone using the term "send it" in Die, All Right!. Also think this is the first compilation album I've come across - interesting distribution method to break into the market.

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Tue Feb 07 2023
5

i can see them becoming my new favourite band sometime lol

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

Man I wish I had better musical taste when this album came out. I could have saved a lot of money on bad CDs. This is great from top to bottom. I really missed the post-punk boat.

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Mon Mar 06 2023
5

Hate to Say I told you so and Main offender would put any album to at least four stars. A treat. Short sweet. Hard hard rock. That was awesome. Five stars.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
5

Vlijmscherpe, vinnige gitaren. Strakke drums. Energie voor 100 man

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Tue May 16 2023
5

Garage punk rock. Brutal. Vinilo.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
5

Do I understand some of the criticism here? Yes sir I do. Do I honestly want anything more out of an album than an insanely tight 30 minutes of high-energy rock? No sir, I do not.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
5

Gets in and gets out. A big, raucous blast.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
5

Technically, this is a compilation of tracks from the first two albums of the Swedish garage rock band (named *Barely Legal* and *Veni Vidi Vicious*), here aimed at the international market. And since those two albums are already pretty neat, said compilation is just phenomenal, very logically. I've never bought it since I already had those first two albums at home, brilliantly mixing retro-garage aesthetics with a modern punk energy that makes the whole thing irresistible and far more efficient than 80% of that early-naughts rock revival thing. For a second I was just wondering if the cover shown in here was the one of a later record from The Hives. Glad to see I have nothing to explore that I didn't already know today, given that I'm a little short on time... The other good news is that I can now include the Buzzcock's compilation *Singles Going Steady* in my list (conspicuously absent from the 1001 albums book), given that it was a very similar situation--it was a compilation that was aimed at the American market this time, more than a decade earlier. But everyone a little serious about punk rock knows it's one that became more iconic than the albums somehow. Pretty sure that a lot of people feel that way about The Hives' *Your New Favorite Band*, even if I don't. And just because this other compilation allows me to use only one slot for The Hives (and save some space for other acts), I'm glad to include it in my own list--and this even if I'm a little saddened that some of the other great cuts of the first two albums are missing from the collection suggested here. Those three amazing hits "A.K.A. I.D.I.O.T", "Main Offender" and "Hate To Say I Told You So" are just the tip of the iceberg here. Now you know, at least. :) Number of albums left to review or just listen to: a little more than 500, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one). Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter. Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

Really really enjoyed this one. Reminded me a lot of the Clash, but had it's own distinctive punk flare. Will be coming back to this for sure.

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Tue Jul 25 2023
5

For a taut twenty-eight minutes, The Hives do everything in their power to inform us of their status in our lives and they do so with a breakneck pace and unceasing tenacity the likes of which haven't been around in quite some time. In an era where the "The" bands were returning with fervor, a little bit of a Swedish shake wouldn't have hurt to have in the bunch and it didn't, for this blast of sheer adrenaline harking back to the punk era (the aforementioned shortness of the album) was what was needed to have those declare The Hives what they told us they'd be.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

One of my favourite bands, great compilation after their break out the previous year

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Mon Sep 11 2023
5

I've long enjoyed this album - a shade under thirty minutes of Scandi-garage ramalama bristling with hooks and attitude. I've heard 'Hate To Say I Told You So' often down the years but I still ain't bored with it.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

A colossal masterpiece that hurtles its sexy ass towards you like a bottle rocket. It's a fascinating fantasy fuck that you never thought you'd get to experience. Your wildest dreams are fulfilled and you just can't wait to phone your mummy and tell her that you've just become a man. The Hives are a heroic bunch of scallywags with tongues firmly in their cheeks and fingers firmly in your pussy. It's a 1000 mile an hour lightning bolt that penetrates you in a way you haven't been since Uncle Roger buggered you senseless behind the shed when you were just a boy.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

somehow i've never seen these play.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

Hate to say I told you so was amazing

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Thu Oct 19 2023
5

I've always liked the Hives. Their sound is so honest and fresh to me even now. Not the most musically diverse, best produced or cannily written lyrically but good to groove to. There's so much energy here.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

High energy while still being very catchy, solid instrumentation and great vocals. Best album I've heard on this list in quite a while. Ez 4.75 rounded up

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

I’m a big fan of The Hives and have seen them live. Some real belters on this album!! 😎🎸🥁🎼⭐️

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

Great early 2000's rock album. Very punk, pretty alternative. HTSITYS is a classic album but Main Offender and Automatic Schmuck are also great.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

10/10 I’m surprised that I love Swedish garage rock this much, but damn is it a great rock album

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

I do agree that it's weird to put a freaking compilation album here, I thought it's not allowed. Anyway, The Hives are pretty bold to tell me that they'll be my new favorite band. But after hearing their hits here, I think it might be true. With a fun, rocking punk that is not annoying, this album is among the few punk albums that I enjoyed from start to finish. Anyway, it's a 5/5 experience. I don't really care if it's not supposed to be here, it's not the album's fault.

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Tue Jan 23 2024
5

Amazing album. I wouldn’t call it an album, though; it’s more of a compilation. We already got a Motörhead live album as an album, so I don’t really blame Dimery for his choice. Definitely gonna listen to more of The Hives soon. 4.9/5 Fav: “Die, All Right!”, “Main Offender” Least Fav: None

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

I liked this group for a long while but I never stopped to listen to their albums. It was very good !

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Fri Mar 15 2024
5

So much better than I remembered. My dad hates the hives which makes me like them even more. Also full of gold so, that's awesome.

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Sun Mar 17 2024
5

hate to say i told you so main offender supply and demand outsmarted here we go again automatic schmuck the hives are the law, you are crime

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Sat Apr 27 2024
5

I'm really confused why this album exists and why it's on the list instead of Veni Vidi Vicious. Anyway, I digress. I was in high school at this time, absolutely loving the garage rock revival. Someone told me, "Hey, you'd probably like The Hives!" so I went out and bought VVV, having never listened to them before. I instantly loved it and it was the soundtrack to my summer in 2002. I remember putting this CD in my Walkman and riding my bike listening to it, hoping it wouldn't skip. Kids these days will never understand our struggle, man. I'm not sure why I stopped listening to The Hives because this was such a great trip down memory lane.

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Fri May 03 2024
5

I love this band, idk if it’s just the mood I’m in or what, but these guys kinda just hit that pop/rage funk vibe for me

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Sat May 11 2024
5

Today's album is like garage rock, or garage punk. The fact that these guys are Swedish blows my mind. Sounds so American.... If that makes sense. And in typical punk style, the album consists of 12 songs, and is done in 28 minutes. I remember the song Main Offender from the video game Rock Band. Favourite songs: Hate to Say I Told You So, A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T, Outsmarted, Main Offender, "Die, All Right!", Untutored Youth, Here We Go Again, Hail Hail Spit N' Drool Least favourite songs: Supply and Demand 5/5

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Thu Jun 06 2024
5

When I was in high school, I was in a band that covered Bloodhound Gand, Blink 182, etc. I remember playing a gig where bands from all the local schools came together to perform, and one of them was called Amplex. They were all around 12 years old and covered Hate To Say I Told You So and outperformed everybody in my eyes. They rocked! Anyway, memories aside, I love this album. It’s the perfect blend of raw passion, yet still with plenty of melodies to avoid getting messy. Damn, The Hives are good.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

96. Your New Favourite Band - The Hives 12 tracks. A compilation album? Thinking face It starts big & punchy and just delivers all the way through. It's a good album but I do wonder why @1001_albums_gen have included a compilation. The exception that proves the rule perhaps? 4/5

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Great stuff. Raw, powerful, Hives. Always been a bit of a throw away 00s band for me but actually are really good.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Hate to say I told you so was another banger off that Air Guitar compilation I've mentioned in other comments on this. So that has a special place in my heart. Really enjoyed this album, I was so in the right mood for it too. I feel must have been a last of it time before pop punky stuff took a nose dive in 00s

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

2022-01-11. Not in the book! Indie guitar rock meets punk. Great riffs. I approve :)

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

They rock hard basically. I appreciate the intensity. Also quirky instrumentals. Fun!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

MegapangAre!! Bara min åsikt!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Don't know if this is my new favorite band but certainly a good album.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

They're correct, this is my new favourite band. Great garage sound and energy.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

good shit - crunching hard riffs I like a lot

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Remember seeing The Hives in Brixton around the time this album was released. They were a breath of fresh air in terms of style if not in terms of music. They didn't really kick on after that initial wave of hype, but at the time they seemed fresh and didn't take themselves too seriously at all. This album is full of perfect snotty pop punk shoutalongs

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Entertaining punky stuff. good riffs, good guitar sound, good fun

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

The Hives were one of the last pure energy and fun rock bands, and this compilation of their first few albums was a hit for a reason. Doesn't overstay it's welcome at a pleasant 28 mins, and leaves you feeling pumped.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

At the height of the pop punk trend along comes an actual punk rock band. With more in common with The Clash and Minor Threat to anything the pretend punk bands had, the Hives fast, thrashy jangly guitar is a breath of fresh air.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Enjoyable album, nothing earth shattering (and the strokes are better imo) but it's a bit of fun and at only 28min it's here for a good time, not a long time. 4/5.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

básicamente, un álbum ruidoso, corto y lleno de energía. exactamente todo lo que necesitaba después de un par de álbumes flojitos. me sorprendió que fuera un álbum recopilatorio de canciones pero al final fue un buen tipo de sorpresa. no sé si está es mi nueva banda favorita, pero seguro que voy a volver y profundizar más en su discografía en algún momento.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

More punk than I remember, and just good fun.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

-Very solid punk rock. Lots of great, fun riffs and tunes -Definitely heard "Hate To Say I Told You So" in 'Weird Al" Yankovic's "Angry White Boy Polka" -He gets going quite fast in "Untutored Youth" -"Hate To Say I Told You So," "Supply And Demand," "A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T," and "Automatic Schmuck" all stood out slightly as great track, but the album is quite consistent.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Just a short and punky album. 7/10

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Loved it when it first came out. Different.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Swedish garage band but this is pretty much straight forward punk with its fast pace and attitude. It's kind of curious why this album was picked since it is a compilation of their albums "Barely Legal" and "Veni Vidi Vicious" and EP "A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T". And why the band did a complilation without any hits? But, this album did reach #7 on the UK charts and was their breakthrough. Good idea. It's hard not to like a band with their singer named Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. The album starts with their most popular song "Hate to Say I Told You" which had a fair bit of play here in States and is the longest song at 3:19. This compilation is ordered in reverse chronological order and you definitely see the improvements as the band aged a bit with songs getting a little more raw and less refined as the album progresses. The names of these songs are classic punk, "Die, All Right!", "Automatic Schmuck" and "Hail Hail Spit N' Drool." I don't know if this album or band breaks any new ground but I bet they were and/or are great live. And, with 12 songs clocking in at 28 minutes with this fast pace, it was welcome relative to other, much longer recent albums I've listened to. Following the Ramones format can never be a bad thing. Can it?

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