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Shriek of the Week: The Hives, “Hate to Say I Told You So”

July 18, 2014

Hives-Veni Vidi ViciousWhen the Hives exploded onto the scene with “Hate to Say I Told You So” in 2000, it was obvious from the get-go that they were one of the top bands of the new breed of guitar/garage rock that within a year or two would include the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others. The album, Veni Vidi Vicious, was actually the Hives’ second (though I’ve heard them call Barely Legal, their first album, an EP, which would make Veni Vidi Vicious a debut LP) but it wasn’t until “Hate to Say I Told You So” was released as a single at the end of 2000 that the Hives hit it big. That incredible song improbably led to a “best of” compilation (after just 2 LPs at most!), a re-release of the “Hate to Say I Told You So” in the UK on a new label, a re-release of Veni Vidi Vicious in the US on a new label, and finally a $50 million deal with Universal Music, all inside of 2 years. It was that good.

So what happened? After the dust settled from the bands that changed the face of music in 2001-02, how did the Hives get lumped in with the Vines rather than the Strokes? I’ve posted my thoughts on that topic before and so I won’t do it again here, but I will reiterate that dismissing the Hives as a early-2000s relic is a huge mistake. They are the epitome of a great pop-punk band both in their recorded music and their live shows, as even the most critical reviewer admits that the Hives are among the best live acts going.

In any event, whether you choose to believe me or not that the Hives are still as great in 2014 as we all thought they were in 2001, you can’t disagree with the greatness of Hate to Say I Told You So. And if you’re willing to taste their live performance with as little effort required as possible, you can download the audio from their 30-minute 7-song set at on 9/8/2012 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland during Musicfest NW, courtesy of KEXP, or watch the video from that show below.

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Official Video: Hate to Say I Told You So

The Hives: Live at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, 9/8/2012

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