Oh hi. Thanks for stopping by. This week has seen a massive firestorm on the various Blocland chat sites. One of the more virtuous writers for the site opined that The Hives album Veni Vidi Vicious is the superior album to The Strokes Is This It? Which was immediately met with much laughter, mockery, and general disapproval. But as the lit Bic lighter blew out into a full conflagration some dared to agree. Over the course of several days it became hard to tell what the general consensus on this seemingly silly opinion the staff fell on. I mean it’s gotta be Is This It?, right? It’s considered a seminal album by damn near all the wagging tongues. And The Hives are seen as kind of a jokey band with a handful of good songs. Comparing the two is a fools errand, at best.
But hold on there, youngster. The two albums have some very basic comparisons. One from 2000 the other from 2001. Both albums are 5 piece bands with standard rock and roll instrumentation. Both have polarizing and charismatic front men. Both bands make a kind of angular guitar rock that owes to music of eras from the past. Both albums are relatively short, 35 and 29 minutes, respectively. I’m not saying they are the exact same product here…..simply that the comparison makes sense. It’s somewhat “apples to apples”
Again, one of these is considered a timeless classic and the other a sort of novelty thing. But once you’re done wearing out today’s amazing set of new releases how ’bout ya’ go back and listen to both. I honestly think you might be surprised which one sounds better. But I’d rather not completely tip my hat as to which way I fall on this discussion. But we really want your opinion down in the comments. If you are partial to The Hives hit us with “That Motherfucker Stings Like An Entire Hive of WASPS!!!” Or if you prefer The Strokes chime in with “Imma Jerk Off”