YMMV / The Hives

  • Awesome Ego: Pelle regularly brags about himself and his band on stage, and fans agree with his boasting - in fact, fans often say that the Hives may be the best live band on Earth.
  • Broken Base: Mainly among fans of Cartoon Network, who feel that "Fall Is Just Something That Grown Ups Invented" was a charming bumper with a catchy song or an annoying, juvenile and painful sign that the station was getting way too interested in live-action.
  • Crazy Awesome: Their road crew dress in black ninja costumes, making them a part of the show.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards staged a sort-of Battle Of The Bands between The Hives and The Vines. Judge for yourself, but the majority of fans still claim that the Hives won easily. Pelle was in rare form that night.
  • Ear Worm: A whole bunch of them, such as "Hate to Say I Told You So", "Main Offender", "Walk Idiot Walk" and "Tick Tick Boom". The locomotive rhythm in "Two-Timin' Touch and Broken Bone" is a rare percussive example.
  • Epic Riff: "Main Offender," "Hate To Say I Told You So," "Tick Tick Boom," "Walk Idiot Walk," and probably more.
  • Growing the Beard: Barely Legal, their debut from 1997, was way more punky and unhinged (which is saying something) than their later work. Veni Vidi Vicious is when they settled into their garage rock groove and crystalized the Hives' sound as we know it today. (They attempted to grow it out even further on The Black And White Album, but it didn't stick.)
  • Heartwarming Moments: Letting a fan in Sydney play the bass solo to "Hate To Say I Told You So" simply because he asked nicely through a note. The crew even hooked him up with a matching vest and bow tie while Dr. Matt crowd-surfed without a care in the world.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Apparently, the Hives invented the Mannequin Challenge!
  • Face of the Band: Pelle Almqvist, he's the lead singer and the only one using his real name.
  • Signature Song: "Hate to Say I Told You So," with "Tick Tick Boom" a very close second.
  • Song Association: Former WWE wrestler Christy Hemme had "Walk Idiot Walk" as her entrance theme (which some fans found unintentionally humorous).