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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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  22.   Groove is In the Heart/California Girls
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  25.   Neon Jesus
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  27.   She Splits Me Up
  28.   U Sexy Thing
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  30.   Sleeping with the Lord
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  32.   Refuse Angels
  33.   Neon Autobahn
  34.   Kool TV
  35.   Foolin' Around
  36.   Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
  37.   All My Hate and My Hexes Are For You
  38.   Hung Up on a Flower
  39.   Hearts of Love
  40.   You Are Forgiven
  41.   Here Comes the Sky
  42.   The Boy Is a Tramp
  43.   Jet Boy, Jet Girl
  44.   I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
  45.   Endless Flowers
  46.   Un Chant d'Amour
  47.   My Surfing Lucifer
  48.   Gimme Some Annihilation
  49.   Don't Look Up
  50.   Screaming Chrome
  51.   Sleep Forever
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  53.   Transylvania
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  55.   Fascist Cops
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