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Tarnishing sunny melodies with a scuzzy recording style and lots and lots of feedback, Crocodiles' Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez met during their formative teenage years in San Diego. Playing together in various incarnations since then, including in the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, which featured Welchez on vocals and Rowell on guitar, the duo re-formed in a lo-fi capacity under the name Crocodiles in April of 2008. After self-releasing a distortion-driven 7", their single Neon Jesus was championed by No Age on a Stereogum best-of-2008 poll. As Crocodiles' debut full-length was recorded over that winter, blog readers started taking notice, and Summer of Hate was released by Fat Possum in late April of 2009. That winter, Crocodiles put out a Christmas-themed split 7" with Dum Dum Girls and prepped their follow-up, Sleep Forever, for the summer of 2010. After adjusting their lineup to include bassist Marco Gonzalez, keyboardist Robin Eisenberg, and drummer Anna Schulte, Rowell, Welchez, and the group traveled from their hometown of San Diego to record their third full-length in Berlin. That album, Endless Flowers, was released in the spring of 2012 on Souterrain Transmissions in the U.K. and French Kiss in the U.S. Crocodiles' fourth album, 2013's very focused and poppy Crimes of Passion, was produced by the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner and featured just the duo of Rowell and Welchez, plus the occasional guest on backing vocals and horns. Taking a break from the band, Welchez recorded an album with his wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls under the name Haunted Hearts. The group reconvened and set up shop in Mexico City to record its next album. Working with producer Martin Thulin, the duo continued refining the poppier aspects of its sound, while incorporating some Latin influences. Boys was released in May of 2015 on Welchez's own Zoo Music label. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  1.   Song
  2.   Hollow Hollow Eyes
  3.   I Wanna Kill
  4.   Mirrors
  5.   Me and My Machine Gun
  6.   Marquis de Sade
  7.   Summer of Hate
  8.   She Splits Me Up
  9.   Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
  10.   Kool TV
  11.   Gimme Some Annihilation
  12.   Hearts of Love
  13.   Teardrop Guitar
  14.   Neon Jesus
  15.   Echando Desmadre
  16.   Un Chant d'Amour
  17.   I Like It in the Dark
  18.   I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
  19.   Dark Alleys
  20.   Jet Boy, Jet Girl
  21.   Billy Speed
  22.   Hung Up on a Flower
  23.   Foolin' Around
  24.   Stoned To Death
  25.   My Surfing Lucifer
  26.   Blue
  27.   Do the Void
  28.   Peroxide Hearts
  29.   I Wanna Destroy You
  30.   Bubblegum Trash
  31.   Cockroach
  32.   Young Drugs
  33.   No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
  34.   Groove is In the Heart/California Girls
  35.   Refuse Angels
  36.   Welcome Trouble
  37.   Flash of Light
  38.   Transylvania
  39.   Girl In Black
  40.   Virgin
  41.   U Sexy Thing
  42.   Sleep Forever
  43.   All My Hate and My Hexes Are For You
  44.   Heavy Metal Clouds
  45.   Electric Death Song
  46.   Hard
  47.   Sleeping With the Lord
  48.   Screaming Chrome
  49.   The Boy Is a Tramp
  50.   You Are Forgiven
  51.   Endless Flowers
  52.   Neon Autobahn
  53.   Crybaby Demon
  54.   Here Comes the Sky
  55.   Don't Look Up
  56.   Fascist Cops
  57.   Soft Skull (In My Room)
  58.   Asigoduka
  59.   Neul Kwaquqamba Amathambo
  60.   Welcome Trash
  61.   Telepathic Lover
  62.   Maximum Penetration
  63.   Welcome to Hell
  64.   I'm Sick
  65.   Go Now
  66.   Alita
  67.   Jumping on Angels
  68.   Time to Kill
  69.   Jailbird
  70.   Not Even in Your Dreams

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