The Hives – Rock band from Sweden.
The Hives was created in 1993 by Randy Fitzsimmons. The band came up with a signature image. At their live concerts, all the members wear black and white suits, the style of which changes every time a new album comes out.
In 1994, the band released a demo EP, Sounds Like Sushi. It was successful and brought the members a contract with Swedish recording studio Burning Heart.
In 1996, the band recorded its first official EP, Oh Lord! When? How?, A year later, they released the 1st studio album, Barely Legal. Most of the songs for the LP were written by Randy Fitzsimmons. The album came out in September 1997. After the release, the band went on its first tour.
The song "A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T" was initially released as the second track from the debut album. However, in 1998, it was featured in the EP with the same name. The same year, The Hives released a double EP, A Killer Among Us, under the label Hard-On Records.