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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.   One
  11.   It's Gonna Kill Me
  12.   The Inevitable Relapse Clayton Worbeck Mix
  13.   Drug Boy
  14.   American Cliche
  15.   Under the Tongue
  16.   You Walk Away
  17.   First You Break It
  18.   No Re-Entry
  19.   Clouds
  20.   The Take
  21.   Soldiers of Misfortune
  22.   God Damn Me
  23.   The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)
  24.   It Can Never Be the Same
  25.   Under
  26.   Spent
  27.   Welcome to the Suck (Destiny Not Luck)
  28.   Pride Flag
  29.   Nothing in My Hands
  30.   Surprise
  31.   The Trouble with Angels
  32.   The Inevitable Relapse
  33.   Fades Like a Photograph
  34.   Soldiers of Misfortune (10 Hits of X in Baghdad)
  35.   Kill the Day
  36.   Lie After Lie
  37.   Hatred Is Contagious
  38.   What's Next
  39.   The 4th
  40.   World Today
  41.   So I Quit
  42.   My Long Walk to Jail
  43.   The Missing
  44.   Columind
  45.   Skinny
  46.   The Best Things
  47.   White Like That
  48.   It's Over
  49.   The Wake
  50.   Burn It
  51.   It's My Time
  52.   So Cool
  53.   Thanks Bro
  54.   Your Bullets
  55.   Tremors
  56.   Head of Fire
  57.   The City of Blinding Riots
  58.   Mother E
  59.   The Hand That's Dealt
  60.   It's Just You
  61.   Take That Knife Out of My Back
  62.   This Finger's for You
  63.   It's Got to Be Right Now
  64.   Watch the Sun Come Out Tonight
  65.   We Hate It When You Get What You Want
  66.   Shot from the Sun
  67.   Plume
  68.   My Life Before
  69.   Drowning
  70.   Down with Me
  71.   Cold (Desert Sky)
  72.   Only You
  73.   In Dreams
  74.   I Keep Flowers Around
  75.   Cold (Anthem for the Damned)
  76.   I'm Not the Only One
  77.   I Will Lead You
  78.   Captain Bligh
  79.   Consider This
  80.   Stuck in Here
  81.   (Can't She See) Head of Fire, Pt. 2
  82.   Gimme All Your Lovin'
  83.   Catch a Falling Knife
  84.   Absentee Father
  85.   Can Stop This
  86.   Cancer
  87.   Sand
  88.   Gerbil
  89.   Self Inflicted
  90.   Take Another
  91.   No Love
  92.   Kid Blue From the Short Bus, Drunk Bunk
  93.   Jurassitol
  94.   Take Me to Heaven
  95.   Miss Blue