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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. Their next album was recorded in the same location, with Thulin contributing instrumentation as well as steady production. Arriving in 2016, Dreamless de-emphasized guitars and used keyboards and other instruments to fill in the arrangements. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  1.   Song
  2.   I Wanna Kill
  3.   Hollow Hollow Eyes
  4.   Mirrors
  5.   Sleep Forever
  6.   My Surfing Lucifer
  7.   Stoned To Death
  8.   Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
  9.   She Splits Me Up
  10.   I Like It in the Dark
  11.   Here Comes the Sky
  12.   Not Even in Your Dreams
  13.   Time to Kill
  14.   Jumping on Angels
  15.   Alita
  16.   Go Now
  17.   I'm Sick
  18.   Welcome to Hell
  19.   Maximum Penetration
  20.   Telepathic Lover
  21.   Echando Desmadre
  22.   Peroxide Hearts
  23.   The Boy Is a Tramp
  24.   Do the Void
  25.   U Sexy Thing
  26.   Crybaby Demon
  27.   Virgin
  28.   Gimme Some Annihilation
  29.   Me and My Machine Gun
  30.   Fascist Cops
  31.   You Are Forgiven
  32.   Welcome Trouble
  33.   Bubblegum Trash
  34.   Hung Up on a Flower
  35.   Electric Death Song
  36.   No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
  37.   Endless Flowers
  38.   All My Hate and My Hexes Are For You
  39.   Neon Autobahn
  40.   Summer of Hate
  41.   Young Drugs
  42.   Soft Skull (In My Room)
  43.   Screaming Chrome
  44.   I Wanna Destroy You
  45.   Blue
  46.   Jet Boy, Jet Girl
  47.   Dark Alleys
  48.   Cockroach
  49.   Transylvania
  50.   Kool TV
  51.   Jailbird
  52.   Hearts of Love
  53.   Un Chant d'Amour
  54.   I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
  55.   Don't Look Up
  56.   Girl In Black
  57.   Hard
  58.   Teardrop Guitar
  59.   Sleeping With the Lord
  60.   Marquis de Sade
  61.   Groove is In the Heart/California Girls
  62.   Neon Jesus
  63.   Refuse Angels
  64.   Flash of Light
  65.   Heavy Metal Clouds
  66.   Billy Speed
  67.   Foolin' Around
  68.   Asigoduka
  69.   Neul Kwaquqamba Amathambo
  70.   Welcome Trash

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