The Hives, “The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons”
Not many bands could get away with self-mythologizing as much as The Hives do. But then again, not many bands are The Hives. Bursting onto the garage rock scene on a tidal wave of endearing hubris (the compilation released to introduce them to the rest of Europe was titled Your New Favourite Band) the Swedish group claimed they’d been brought together, and that their songs had all been written by, one Randy Fitzsimmons.
It was all tongue-in-cheek playfulness, but it’s also a façade they’ve kept