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  • Audio CD (May 6 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000066F6H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 195 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Hives - Declare Guerre Nucleaire
2. Die, All Right!
3. A Get Together to Tear It Apart
4. Main Offender
5. Outsmarted
6. Hate To Say I Told You So
7. The Hives-Introduce the Metric System in Time
8. Find Another Girl
9. Statecontrol
10. Inspection Wise 1999
11. Knock Knock
12. Supply And Demand

Product Description

Product Description

Limited edition Japanese pressing includes 3 bonus tracks 'Untutored Youth', 'Fever' & 'Mad Man'. Victor. 2005.


American punk rock seems to get more watered down with each passing year. Leave it to the Swedes to remind the USA that we were once the home of the Stooges and the MC5. The Hives' Veni Vidi Vicious owes its very being to Detroit's punk genesis; they may be decades too late, but the Hives capture the zeal and fury perfectly. "Die, All Right," an angry rant against capitalism, spikes the aural brew with frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist's nasty nasal shouts. Just as rocking is "Hate to Say I Told You So," which boasts a clunky punk groove and delightfully dark lyrics such as "Do what I please gonna spread the disease because I wanna / Gonna call all the shots for the no's and the not's." Veni Vidi Vicious clocks in at just under half an hour--a perfectly timed charge of codeine-meets-caffeine and decibels-meets-delicious-rock. --Jason Josephes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Is it just me or is the music scene undergoing a Ed Keupper revisionist phase in 2000? The Dandy Warhols sound like the Laughing Clowns or EK & the Yard goes on forever.
And now the Hives. They must've been to every gig The Saints threw in the Scandinavian reaches.
Ahhhhhh. The Saints at their peak were electric and the Hives capture that. It's Punk at the DIY and do it loud end of the spectrum. It's the same energy and youthful "work" ethic that '50's rock and roll was all about. It all takes me back to 77 when I heard (I'm)Stranded for the first time. CMON! AWLRIGHT! Or spotted The Stooges "Raw Power" album cover in my mates older brothers record collection. If it can take a sad old man like me back to his youth imagine ehat it could do for you!
The albums short and so it should be. So are all the Ramones songs. You should only travel at 10 tenths for small bursts. This really is a spot the infulence CD. You can hear and see The Damned in the film clips, see new wave in the dress sensibilities. Bits of the MC-5's, the Stones, the Buzzcocks etc etc in the sound (Can't hear the Beatles though as claimed by other reviewers).
There is only so many chords, so many killer riffs and things people want to sing about.
It's only rock and roll but I like it.
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The music on here is actually pretty good, unlike the very disappoing Vine's Highly Evolved (How could NME name that one of the best debut albums of all time). But the album is hard to love because it is like playing one song over and over and over again. The album is repetitive to be simply. The tracks sound good apart but when you put them together it is like they continue to copy songs from their previous albums. Yes the Hives are probably better than a good deal of the stuff on MTV but then again that is not saying a whole lot. If all the songs at least sounded very strong and sounded as if they could be singles, then the album would probably be better. But a good portion of it is filler. Main Offender is definitely the best song on the album and is a very fine song. Hate To Say I Told You So, Metric System Of Time, and Outsmarted are all also good tracks. So I suppose I would recommend this album if you wanted to listen some pretty decent modern rock radio music. But if you are looking for the best "New Rock Revival" group I'd choose the White Stripes over them any day.
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Format: Audio CD
- So, You're from Gothenburg, Sweden, right?
- Yes sir, Gotet in the house!
- Isn't Ace of Base from your town then?
- Well, yes they are, but you know there's a lot of oth..
- I really love their cool reggea techno style. Strong. Must sell like like butter, huh?
- They've sold a lot of albums, yeah, but they actually had to go to Denmark to get a record deal, just like a lot of other good Swedish bands that never get the recognition they des...
- So, music is like big business "over there"?
- Yeah, nowadays even the Hives are played on MTV!
- ..?
- It's a band that sounds a bit like the Stooges.
- The tv show?
- No, the band with Iggy Pop.
- Aha.
- I think you should try to check out Union Carbide Productions at unioncarbideproductions.com, they should have been Nirvana.
- Hey na, UCP is a chemical company and you can't claim that Nirvana was Swedish, right.
- Uhm, no, I just mean that the record industry stinks and I can't help think of what could have been.
- You mean you don't like Ace of Base?!
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By A Customer on March 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
Who knew that a Swedish Punk band would be such a big hit?
Too bad that the CD is only a half an hour. If it was longer, it would be the best new punk rock out there. However, it still is really good for only 30 minutes. As the singer screams through the songs with awesome guitar riffs and killer drums, it seems as though there's something missing. And there is.
Good gracious! You think this guy would be able to say one thing that makes the least bit of sense. If it wasn't for the booklet with the lyrics, we would be left dazed and confused.
Even with more mumbling Beavis and Butthead, the songs are pretty catchy. The "new" garage band anthem "Hate To Say I Told You So" is the longest song at a whopping (oh my!) 3 minutes.
In conclusion, if you want a good guitar riff CD with great drums and quick and to the point songs, then this is for you. If you like punk songs, this is for you.
If you hate distortion, mumbling, and loud instruments, then...
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Format: Audio CD
You know something weird is going on when an act from Sweden (!?) sounds like good ol' fashioned American punk. Although the Hives are not alone in this (the Hellacopters have a similar sound and also hail from Sweden), these guys have pulled off a decent effort with Veni Vidi Vicious.
Granted, it's not very original--think 3/4th Ramones, 1/8th Stooges, and 1/8th early Rolling Stones. However, it's fun, ballsy, and unpretentious and the lyrics are an unabashed slam on the 9-to-5 corporate life that most of us lead. What's not to like? Vocalist Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is loud, brash, and a little out of tune but that only adds to the charm. The rest of the band plays with intensity behind him, firing off 2-minute punk salvos that are instantly likeable, if a little repetitive.
Highlights include Die All Right!, A Get Together To Take It Apart, Main Offender, Knock Knock, and Supply And Demand. The weird departure Find Another Girl is the lowest point of this album, but it quickly picks up again.
Veni Vidi Vicious is not spectacular stuff, but it's refreshing elixir in a music industry consisting of boy bands, nu-metal, and substandard grunge copycats. If you like this, other good albums are the Strokes' Is This It and the White Stripes' De Stijl.
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