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Episode 287: Nerdist Podcast
The Hives
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Nerdist Podcast: The Hives

Pelle Almqvist and Vigilante Carlstroem from the amazing band The Hives were nice enough to sit down with Chris and Jonah before their show at The Wiltern! They talk about the differences between Sweden and Los Angeles, their musical influences, and drinking etiquette in different countries!

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  1. Denise says:

    I cant wait to listen to this !

    Y’all need an app! 😉 The app I use to listen to the podcast is terribly unreliable and waiting till the end of the day to get to a computer is toooooo long!

  2. Jen says:

    I’m a few episodes behind, just heard this one today. I cracked up when Jonah commented on Pliny and said RR Brewery is ‘just a few miles north’ = just a few north of 400 miles away. If you guys ever play the Wells Fargo Center (1600 seats), you could hoist a few pints of Pliny after the show, and visit the Snoopy museum too. Come on up, Sonoma county has a few nerds up here. FYI Carlin & Bill Maher shot HBO specials here.

  3. Mo says:

    LOVED this interview! I’m not really into punk music, myself, except for the occasional tune in my ears for the sake of variety, but The Hives were awesome! 😀

    They were intelligent, charming, funny, engaging, and I loved learning more about Swedish culture from Swedes themselves.

    Great job, Hardwick!

  4. Patrick Crowe says:

    HI GUYS, I am in Victoria and saw the show last summer. Fucking great time! And thanks for playing here again!!
    I saw Paul McCartney in Vancouver a few days ago and the dime dropped for me when he played(the best song} Helter Skelter. That intro{na na na na na na na na} was the first punk song!! That is the sound the Ramones used to great effect. Not to mention Johnny Ramone admitted he took the Ramones name from Paul’s pseudonym for signing into hotels. You guys have continued the sound, and it is the greatest sound for live gigs. It has the most energy and brings the most fun to a live event. The Ramones were the most fun band I ever saw and I’ve seen em all! You boys rank right up there with them.
    Anyway, we were very lucky to have you guys in Victoria.
    Best of luck in the future to all of you!
    Hey Ho Let’s Go!

  5. Spraynardtatum says:

    Habba Burdugh Griz!

  6. SlimCharles says:

    t seems like guys think that country is only Shania Twain and that shit. When in fact, there are bands that are, at least in one part, country, and are still much more rock than The Hives. Which is not to say The Hives are not cool, I like them and it was a good episode, it just disappointed me a bit…

  7. mistletoe says:

    I can’t be the only one who pictured the kid with the morphing accent from Home Movies whenever Pelle or Vigilante spoke. Made a great accent awesome.

  8. Patty Marvel says:

    @Chris Hardwick – What Matt just said. I strongly recommend Team Nerdist barnstorms Europe, maybe visiting small venues AND allowing everyone on the podcast to finally see some countries they’ve never visited. I happen to have it on good authority there’s yet another person named Matt who would be quite happy if you were to visit Hamburg, Germany.

  9. Matt says:

    Time to take the podcast to Sweden, Chris. Henry Rollins has been coming here for years. It’s time for the LA Podcast scene to start stopping by and Nerdist will have no problem setting up a show.

  10. Kevin* says:

    Really great interview and guest.

    It oddly seems like quite a few of the musicians I’m listening to lately are out of Sweden. The Tallest Man On Earth is great and probably some of my favorite music to come out of anywhere in the past few years. Maybe it’s just interesting how someone from a significantly different culture is affected by the music of someone like Bob Dylan.
    Future guest? Eh? Eh?

    Anyway, great episode.

  11. Isaiah Lurssen says:

    Long time listener, first time poster. So glad to see THE NERDIST + THE HIVES come together!!! Thank you so much, Chris! When they released their album “Lex Hives” 5 months ago I wondered if they would ever go on this podcast and I said no they wouldn’t, but you have proved me wrong yet again. I have met Pelle and Vigilante both super awesome guys and always stay to greet all their fans after the show. If you ever get the chance to see them live…DO IT! They put on the most energetic concert you will ever witness! They only release a new album every 5 years but they never disappoint. Hope to see them once more in 2013 before they disappear back to Hive Manor.

  12. anna says:

    hope you had a great birthday…great intervju with the pride & joy of Sweden 🙂

  13. JetpackBlues says:

    BTW, I love your fashion sense. Particularly, your slippers.

    Oh, and for future “Real Genius” stuff, check here:

    I got the Summer Games ’84 and Crossbow Project shirts.

  14. JetpackBlues says:

    Happy Birthday, Herr Hardwick!

  15. toonsmyth says:

    Dear Chris,

    Happy Freakin’ Birthday, Dude!

    Nice cameo appearance on The Soup this week!
    “Dick Dynasty.” HAA! That could TOTALLY be a show.

  16. Patty Marvel says:

    Couple of things…

    1. Happy Birthday, Fearless Leader! One more year and you’ll be the answer to life, the universe and everything. Tell you what, I’m going on the air again at 9:30pm EST – I’ll play something by Tom Lehrer and maybe some Siouxsie and the Banshees for you.

    2. Soooo…Mel Brooks on Monday then? Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top?
    3. Is there a Nerdist wiki page somewhere, because I’ve a new edition to the drinking game. Take a sip every time Chloe snort-chuckles. I count four, so get chugging.

    4. Have heard for years that shows such as “Dallas” and “Dynasty” were big in Europe, which made me worry what sort of impression folks on the other side of the Atlantic got of Americans. No, were’ not all rich assholes, some of us are poor assholes.

    5. Loved the way one of The Hives pronounced “penis.”

    6. The Dead Boys shout out made me SO happy! Hurray for some nice Cleveland boys!

  17. Picklemeth says:

    Turns out I’m an idiot.

  18. Picklemeth says:

    (12 minutes in) Is this another shy Jonah episode? I don’t think I’ve heard him at all yet.

  19. amysrevenge says:

    So, I’m assuming that this was recorded some time ago, since you described the current weather in Denver as “temperate”. LOL

    Loved this interview guys. Thanks!

  20. Karl says:

    Happy Birthday Chris, any chance of a doctor who themed party? (since you share your birthday with the series)

  21. Wildride says:

    Happy birthday, Dude!