Main Offender (song)

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"Main Offender"
Single by The Hives
from the album Veni Vidi Vicious
Released 3 September 2001 (re-released 6 May 2002)
Format CD
Genre Garage punk[1]
Length 2:33
Writer(s) Randy Fitzsimmons
Producer(s) Pelle Gunderfelt
The Hives singles chronology
"Hate to Say I Told You So"
"Main Offender"
"Supply and Demand"

"Main Offender" is a song from The Hives' second album, Veni Vidi Vicious, as the fourth track. It was released again on the compilation Your New Favourite Band. The song is essentially a rewrite of the song "Have Love, Will Travel" by The Sonics. Nicholaus Arson notes the song as a favorite.[2]

The song reached number 24 in the UK Singles Chart in May 2002.[3] This was a re-release, the single having failed to chart when it was originally released in 2000.

The song was also featured in a commercial for the lingerie-brand Agent Provocateur, which showed Kylie Minogue riding an electric bull in her underwear, with "Main Offender" playing in the background.

The song is featured as a playable track in music video game Rock Band, and was performed on stage by Harmonix Music Systems employees while showcasing the game at the 2007 E3 convention.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Main Offender"
  2. "Lost and Found"
  3. "Howlin' Pelle Talks to the Kids"


The music video is shot in black and white, in harmony with their recurring theme, and involves them and some evil clones of them and a wooden horse. Early on in the video, mysterious manager Randy Fitzsimmons' hand is seen signing some sort of contract.


  1. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (29 August 2002). "Guns N' Roses Cap Night Of Spectacles From Diddy, Eminem, Timberlake". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 16 July 2013. Swedish darlings the Hives began by performing "Main Offender." As they played their Stooges-meets-Sonics garage punk, the words "You are crime, the Hives are law" scrolled across the stage screen. 
  2. ^ "The Hives buzz about their favourite songs". The Guardian (London). 1 October 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100: 12 May 2002 – 18 May 2002". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2013.