April 7, 2002
The buzz surrounding Swedish rock band the Hives
has grown so loud that it seemed wrong not to feature
them in the radio.wazee spotlight this week. You can
find their single "Hate To Say I Told You So"
on their album "Veni Vidi Vicious" and on
the compilation of album tracks, singles and B-sides,
"Your New Favourite Band."
story of the Hives goes that in 1993, 5 adolescents
(the oddly-named Vigilante Carlsetroem, Dr. Matt Destruction,
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Chris Dangerous and Nicholaus
Arson) in the small industrial town of Fagersta, Sweden,
each recieved a letter with a time and place. A year
later they, led by the genious of a mysterious Mr.
Randy Fitzsimmons, began to appear in various public
places in and around Fagersta. By 1995 they were well-known
throughout the middle part of Sweden, and record company
executive Peter Ahlqvist heard about the five kids
in mod suits with shaggy haircuts. Intrigued, he signed
them to a Burning Heart side label, and in 1996, a
mini-CD "Oh Lord! When? How?" was released.
After impressing Ahlqvist with their
plans for a full-length debut album, the Hives move
up a notch to Burning Heart, and in 1997 the band
recorded and released "Barely Legal." According
to the bandís official bio, "people all over
the world [were] speechless."
After touring all over Europe and
making a trip to the U.S., in 1998 they released the
EP "a.k.a. I-D-I-O-T," featuring 4 new songs.
Legend has it that later that year the band lost contact
with Mr. Fitzsimmons, and not much happened for a
while. But, once their sophomore full-length "Veni
Vidi Vicious" hit the streets, bringing the people
"punkrock music avec kaboom," as they call
it, nothing was ever to be the same.
Two years and more than 250
shows later, the Hives have been featured in Englandís
leading music magazines, including Q, NME, I.D., Kerrange,
the Face and the Guardian, as well as had their music
featured in a provocative lingerie commercial showcasing
disco dolly Kylie Minogue on a velvet mechanical bull.