The Hives, best known for their trademark black and white uniforms, blistering live performances, and hits like â€śHate to Say I Told You Soâ€ť and â€śMain Offenderâ€ť apparently know their punk history as well. Last weekend they performed at Rock am Ring (Rock in the Ring) and Rock im Park (Rock in the Park) Germanyâ€™s largest music festival and one of the worldâ€™s largest with over 85,000 people attending this year. The Hives performance was live broadcast on MTV Germany and included a killer cover of Zero Boysâ€™ â€śCivilizations Dyingâ€ť from their album Vicious Circle (reissued by Secretly Canadian last year). Check out the video after the jump and see vintage footage of Indianaâ€™s punk legends Zero Boys performing the original at the Pizza Castle in Indianapolis circa 1981.
The Hives Covering â€śCivilizations Dyingâ€ť at Rock am Ring 2010
The Zero Boys â€śCivilizations Dyingâ€ť live at the Pizza Castle, Indianapolis, IN 1981