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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey...
The first few listens of this gem will probably confuse the bejazus out of you. You simply cant figure out what the hell is coming out of your speakers its so damned chaotic and demented, but you quickly learn to love it. If like me your interested in guitar based music has been put to sleep by American post-grunge slop and the even more insidious yawnings of Travis et...
Published on 24 Jan 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of
Let it be said that when "Your New Favorite Band" was first released, it was far too early for the Hives to have a "best of" album -- they only had EPs and two albums in the bag. But it is a good sampler of their best songs, and a good introduction to their rough, raw brand of garage punk.

"Your New Favorite Band" takes four tracks from their breakout album,...
Published on 22 July 2005 by E. A Solinas


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey..., 24 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Your New Favourite Band (Audio CD)
The first few listens of this gem will probably confuse the bejazus out of you. You simply cant figure out what the hell is coming out of your speakers its so damned chaotic and demented, but you quickly learn to love it. If like me your interested in guitar based music has been put to sleep by American post-grunge slop and the even more insidious yawnings of Travis et all., this is a f'ing godsend. The antics of the band kinda detract from what an ferociously talented group these are. Ram this stick of dynamite in your cd player and take cover...
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football managers, long dark winters, blondes & The Hives!, 9 Nov 2001
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Sweden rocks, and if it weren't for their winters, I'd probably investigate moving there.
This album, a compilation of the The Hives best from previous releases, is B*L*I*S*T*E*R*I*N*G!. 110% full-on, buzz-saw, post-punk adrenaline. And every song sounds like the perfectly crafted tune as well. This is an album that will test your stereo max levels - there's no way you can play this softly.
Think Husker Du, Strokes, White Stripes, Ramones, the Velvets, Minutemen and the Pistols (without the politik) - they're all in there somewhere. But The Hives have managed to carve out their own sound as well. And it's beautiful.
Anyone else catch the Pixies-like guitar dives in the breaks of "Main Offender"?
At the price, this is a steal. I probably would have paid double for this. This is an essential record for the year!
Beg, borrow, steal. But get your new favourite band, The Hives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quickfire Punk'N'Roll Mayhem!, 29 April 2006
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Sometimes all you need is fast and furious guitar riffs, drums and vocals- The Hives provide all these with plenty of attitude and eccentricity to spare!

Check out 'Main Offender', it's an absolute blast and features my all time favourite guitar riff. 'Hate To Say I Told You So' was a big hit in indie clubs and a great track to throw yourself around the dancefloor to. This mega compilation may feature a lot of similar sounding songs but in this case it really doesn't matter, all that matters is the energy of the songs, great guitar riffs like on 'Here We Go Again' and the previously mentioned 'Main Offender' as well as some smart lyrics (the best examples can be found on 'Supply And Demand' and 'a.k.a.I-D-I-O-T').

This isn't an album to stick on as background music for a polite dinner party, it's for jumping around and air-guitaring to like no one's watching!

If raw punk is your bag then give this album a try- it's one of the most fun album's in existence!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of, 22 July 2005
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Let it be said that when "Your New Favorite Band" was first released, it was far too early for the Hives to have a "best of" album -- they only had EPs and two albums in the bag. But it is a good sampler of their best songs, and a good introduction to their rough, raw brand of garage punk.

"Your New Favorite Band" takes four tracks from their breakout album, "Veni Vidi Vicious," four from their debut predecessor "Barely Legal," and finally four from their EP work. These songs are almost undeniably the best of the batch, like the roaring "A.K.A I-D-I-O-T," "Mad Man" or "Main Offender."

What these songs all have in common is an adrenaline-powered rawness, and a fast-paced energy that most garage and/or punk bands try to achieve, but few do. Okay, they don't have the most original sound in the world. They have, instead, vibrancy and a lack of musical pretension -- they are influenced by bands like the Stooges, but they don't wear those on their sleeves.

The kinetic riffs give the group half their sound. Each song is a roiling mass of percussion, guitar and bass, endearingly nasty and very entertaining. Howlin' Pelle Almqvist provides the other -- he sounds like he's literally foaming at the mouth when he sings stuff like "Mad Man." He lives up to the "Howlin'" part of his name, definitely.

"Your New Favorite Band" serves as an effective "best of" album, although the band seemed too young to have enough for such an album. In a nutshell, it's a great way to revisit the best of these energetic Swedish rockers, or to introduce newbies to them.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite band, 25 Oct 2001
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In today's world every growing gentle and mellow bands it's great to hear a band who have balls. The suit wearing 5 piece from Sweden mix punk, garage, hardcore and new wave into this great album. If you like bands like the Strokes and White Stripes but are looking for something faster, louder, heavier and better the Hives are the band for you. Tracks such as the amazing 'Supply And Demand' and 'Main Offender' will blow you away and you'll soon be wondering who are the Strokes?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital to the modern music scene's makeup., 9 Sep 2002
This review is from: Your New Favourite Band (Audio CD)
The absurdly brief 'best of' from The Hives, is reminiscent of all kinds of bands - most notably The Jam and The Undertones, and their music is a mix of all areas of punk, with a distinct metallic tinge. In truth, there is nothing remotely original about what The Hives are doing, and anyone who thinks there is needs their bumps feeling - but on tracks like 'Hate to say I told you so', 'Main Offender', 'Die, Alright' and 'Outsmarted' to name but a few, the listener is made aware of the raw energy that drives The Hives' sound. Who cares about the retro rip-off style when the music is simple, honest - and absolutely superb. If you want experimental indie doodlings, look for Radiohead or Mogwai. If you want good old-fashioned catchy 2 to 3 minute rock anthems, then look for The Hives' albums. Blinding stuff.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strokes ?????? These guys got it right!, 6 Nov 2001
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Ok so i bought this album from a recommendation from amazon without even thinking twice about it. I got hope and put it on...........Think the Clash and the Pistols meets the Velvet underground.
So much more than the Strokes album, so much more real. This album is no classic/ nevermind/ surfer rosa/ White Light white Heat but it sure is a step in the right direction. It rocks put it in your car and drive around on a dank and dreary day. proper punk rock for 2001......and about time too. There next album may be a classic!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your New Favorite Band, 24 Dec 2001
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The Hives wear their influences on their sleeve: Iggy and the Stooges, *all* 60's psychedelia garage: Nuggets 1965-68 Original Artyfacts, 70's punk like the Ramones, 80's American Hardcore like Black Flag, Minor Threat et al. through to the Pixies and still write original (relatively), catchy, punk powerpop tunes that sound great at high decibels!
They capture the progression of punk music from the 60's to the present so clearly.
If you like well-written punk music with a hook, buy this.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Half an Hour of REAL Punk Power, 12 Feb 2003
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Since folding Creation and setting up Poptones, Alan McGhee has made some pretty flawed signings, the gay Mexican Communist Elvis impressionist coming to mind as an especially daft one (face it, if the guy was a straight Conservative voter from Guildford he never would've been signed). But when he discovered these Swedish rockers he found a band who excited him as much as that famous night at King Tut's when he first heard Oasis.
This CD has been termed as a 'Best Of', but that's not quite accurate. In an attempt to promote the band, he has included the whole of their AKA IDIOT EP, and their other 7 singles from tehir later albums Barely Legal and Veni, Vidi, Vicious (their independantly-released debut Oh Lord! When? How? is wisely overlooked).
Hate To Say I Told You So and Main Offender are the ones you'll all know already, and they make a good introduction to the band's sound, all jagged guitars, rough 'n' ready lyrics and a real joie de vivre assoicated more with the Buzzcocks, MC5 and the Ramones than Sum 41, Blink 182 and similar corporate clones.
My perosnal favourite has to be Here We Go Again, a stop start number from Barely Legal, showing that their sound has matured a little since then. Die, All Right! and Automatic Schumuck are other likely favourites. In fairness, a few of the fillers from teh EP are less impressive, and once you've heard this you'll be keen to get the albums, making this less impessive value, but the videos make it worth owning at this price anyway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN - DEEPLY SILLY, 21 May 2011
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Sweden gave us Abba, but now they have given us the fabulous Hives! It is hysterical that this wonderful Swedish group have taken punk rock, repackaged it and sold it back to us! Each song is a short, sharp shock - daft, punchy lyrics, buzz-saw guitar and snappy song writing. Terrific, adrenilin-fuelled compositions that would make the Ramones proud.
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