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Filter emerged as one of the most popular bands in the mid-'90s post-industrial alternative scene. Vocalist and primary member Richard Patrick had been a guitarist with Nine Inch Nails during the Pretty Hate Machine and Broken eras. In 1993, Patrick decided to leave NIN to form his own band. He met Brian Liesegang through a mutual friend and the pair began to record together. Patrick handled vocals, guitars, bass, programming, and drums, while Liesegang covered programming, guitars, keyboards, and drums. Since they both experimented with electronics early in their careers, the band's early sound was reminiscent of a more-muscular brand of industrial than that of NIN. Their debut album, Short Bus, released on Reprise in 1995, was recorded by the two at a small house on the outskirts of Cleveland. Short Bus became a surprise hit, thanks to the MTV and the alternative radio hit "Hey Man, Nice Shot"; by the end of the summer, the album had reached gold status. In order to tour behind the record, the duo recruited guitarist Geno Lenardo, bassist Frank Cavanaugh, and drummer Matt Walker. Liesegang departed in 1997 over creative differences, but Patrick retained the Filter name for 1999's Title of Record, which eventually went platinum and spawned another radio/MTV hit in the single "Take a Picture." The album also included new drummer Steve Gillis after Walker left to work with the Smashing Pumpkins. Filter's third album, The Amalgamut, followed three years later, after which the band went on a bit of a hiatus. Around 2005, Patrick announced the formation of a new band, Army of Anyone, which he created with former members of Stone Temple Pilots and David Lee Roth's touring band. However, Patrick did not abandon his original group -- Filter returned in 2008 with Anthems for the Damned. A compilation, The Very Best Things (1995-2008), followed in 2009 and then the group delivered The Trouble with Angels -- an unapologetic return to the sound of Short Bus -- in the summer of 2010. The Trouble with Angels performed well enough -- it debuted at 64 on the Billboard 200, reaching number seven on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart -- to attract the attention of the hard rock label Wind-Up, which released the band's next album, the Bob Marlette-produced The Sun Comes Out Tonight, in June of 2013. The album incorporated an updated sound, adding some harmonies and electronic elements close to musical progeny Linkin Park. While recording their follow-up, Patrick's supporting band changed and he was joined by Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming), Ashley Dzerigian (bass), Chris Reeve (drums), and Bobby Miller (keyboards). In January 2016, Patrick released the single "Take Me to Heaven," which was included on Filter's seventh LP, Crazy Eyes. ~ John Bush & Neil Z. Yeung
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  1.   Song
  2.   Take a Picture
  3.   Hey Man Nice Shot
  4.   What Do You Say
  5.   (Can't You) Trip Like I Do
  6.   Dose
  7.   Where Do We Go from Here
  8.   Take My Picture
  9.   Welcome to the Fold
  10.   Clouds
  11.   Soldiers of Misfortune (10 Hits of X in Baghdad)
  12.   White Like That
  13.   Consider This
  14.   One
  15.   Take Me to Heaven
  16.   I'm Not the Only One
  17.   Take Another
  18.   Burn It
  19.   First You Break It
  20.   This Finger's for You
  21.   Gimme All Your Lovin'
  22.   Shot from the Sun
  23.   Can Stop This
  24.   The Take
  25.   What's Next
  26.   God Damn Me
  27.   The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)
  28.   Miss Blue
  29.   Cancer
  30.   It's Over
  31.   Absentee Father
  32.   Jurassitol
  33.   Tremors
  34.   The City of Blinding Riots
  35.   It's Just You
  36.   Take That Knife Out of My Back
  37.   It's Got to Be Right Now
  38.   Surprise
  39.   The Inevitable Relapse Clayton Worbeck Mix
  40.   Plume
  41.   Drowning
  42.   The Trouble with Angels
  43.   The Inevitable Relapse
  44.   Catch a Falling Knife
  45.   Fades Like a Photograph
  46.   Only You
  47.   Kill the Day
  48.   The Wake
  49.   So I Quit
  50.   My Long Walk to Jail
  51.   The Missing
  52.   Columind
  53.   The Best Things
  54.   Captain Bligh
  55.   So Cool
  56.   Thanks Bro
  57.   Gerbil
  58.   Under the Tongue
  59.   Welcome to the Suck (Destiny Not Luck)
  60.   Pride Flag
  61.   Nothing in My Hands
  62.   Watch the Sun Come Out Tonight
  63.   My Life Before
  64.   No Re-Entry
  65.   No Love
  66.   Drug Boy
  67.   Cold (Desert Sky)
  68.   Lie After Lie
  69.   Hatred Is Contagious
  70.   Soldiers of Misfortune
  71.   World Today
  72.   It Can Never Be the Same
  73.   American Cliché
  74.   I Will Lead You
  75.   Skinny
  76.   It's Gonna Kill Me
  77.   Sand
  78.   Under
  79.   Your Bullets
  80.   Head of Fire
  81.   The Hand That's Dealt
  82.   It's My Time
  83.   Self Inflicted
  84.   The 4th
  85.   Spent
  86.   Stuck in Here
  87.   You Walk Away
  88.   Cold (Anthem for the Damned)
  89.   We Hate It When You Get What You Want
  90.   Down with Me
  91.   I Keep Flowers Around
  92.   Mother E
  93.   (Can't She See) Head of Fire, Pt. 2
  94.   Kid Blue From the Short Bus, Drunk Bunk
  95.   In Dreams

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