Tyrannosaurus Hives

Tyrannosaurus Hives is the third full-length album by The Hives, released on 20 July 2004. It is their first album since Veni Vidi Vicious from 2000, and also their first original release on a major label.

Tyrannosaurus Hives
Studio album by
Released19 July 2004
Studio Gröndahl
GenreGarage rock revival, garage punk
LabelNo Fun, Interscope, Polydor
ProducerThe Hives, Pelle Gunnerfeldt
The Hives chronology
Your New Favourite Band
Tyrannosaurus Hives
The Black and White Album
Singles from Tyrannosaurus Hives
  1. "Walk Idiot Walk"
    Released: June 2004
  2. "Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones"
    Released: October 2004
  3. "Abra Cadaver"
    Released: December 2004
  4. "A Little More for Little You"
    Released: October 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
The Guardian[5]
The Independent[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
Rolling Stone[10]

If the front cover of the album is removed from the case and lined up with the back, one can see that there is an extra pair of legs, hinting at Randy Fitzsimmons' existence. "Diabolic Scheme" was featured in the Swedish vampire movie Frostbiten, whereas "B is for Brutus" and "Uptight" were both featured in the racing video game Gran Turismo 4. The song "No Pun Intended" was featured in the racing video game MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.

As of 2006 the album has sold 176,000 copies in United States.[12]

Track listing

All songs by Randy Fitzsimmons

1."Abra Cadaver"1:33
2."Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones"2:00
3."Walk Idiot Walk"3:31
4."No Pun Intended"2:20
5."A Little More for Little You"2:58
6."B Is for Brutus"2:36
7."See Through Head"2:21
8."Diabolic Scheme"3:00
9."Missing Link"1:56
10."Love in Plaster"3:11
11."Dead Quote Olympics"1:59



Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Sweden (GLF)[13] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  4. Browne, David (23 July 2004). "Tyrannosaurus Hives". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. Lynskey, Dorian (16 July 2004). "The Hives, Tyrannosaurus Hives". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. Price, Simon (18 July 2004). "The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives (Polydor)". The Independent.
  7. Hilburn, Robert (18 July 2004). "Buzzes and bumbles abound". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  8. Snodgrass, James (17 July 2004). "The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives". NME. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. Sylvester, Nick (18 July 2004). "The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. Sheffield, Rob (5 August 2004). "The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  11. "The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives". Uncut (87): 91. August 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  12. "Ask Billboard". Billboard. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  13. "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2004" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  14. "British album certifications – The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 April 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Tyrannosaurus Hives in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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