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Released: Sept. 12, 2000

Rating: 3.891 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: garage rock revival

Quotable: “More records like this need to exist.” – Jeremy Salmon, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. The Hives Declare Guerre Nuclearaire
  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

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 63
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Hate to Say I Told You So (12/4/00) #86 US, #23 UK, #35 AR, #6 MR
  • Main Offender (9/3/01) #24 UK
  • Supply and Demand (9/24/01) --
  • Die, All Right! (10/22/01) --

Notes: “The Japanese edition offers several bonus features, including videos, a website connection, and three bonus tracks (Untutored Youth, Fever, and Mad Man).” JS

Veni Vidi Vicious
The Hives
“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.” JJ The “rousing, stompin’ garage rock” JS of “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.” JJ “‘Party Party!’ they seem to be saying, and you just want to join.” JS “More records like this need to exist.” JS

“The album’s title is a play on words uttered by Julius Caesar after conquering Asia Minor in 47 B.C. Said Caesar: ‘Veni, vidi, vici.’ (In English: ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’).” WK With “plenty of fuzzed, struttin’, propulsive guitar work on this disc to assault your ears,” JS one has to conclude that this, the Hives’ second album, has indeed accomplished that task.

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.’” JJ

Veni Vidi Vicious clocks in at just under half an hour – a perfectly timed charge of codeine-meets-caffeine and decibels-meets-delicious-rock.” JJ

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Last updated September 15, 2009.