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An art-punk act fronted by flamboyant vocalist/artist Cody Critcheloe, Ssion recorded a series of underground releases during the 2000s, yet were perhaps best recognized for their extravagant live show. Ssion (pronounced "shun") were founded in Kansas City, MO, by Critcheloe, who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and draw from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52's as well as performance art and gay culture. Critcheloe's artwork graces the cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell (2003) and the video for Liars' "There's Always Room on the Broom" (2004). Besides Critcheloe, Ssion's membership includes, among others, backup vocalists Taylor Painter-Wolfe and Shannon Michaels, who respectively create costumes and stage props for the act's live shows. Critcheloe made his recording debut as Ssion in 1999 with Fucked into Oblivion, a self-released cassette/CD-R. I Don't Want New Wave & I Don't Want the Truth, another self-released CD-R, followed in 2001. In 2003 Ssion made their label debut, releasing the Minor Treat EP and the Opportunity Bless My Soul album on Version City Records. Next, following a self-released album, Glory Hound (2005), and EP, Street Jizz (2006), Ssion signed to Sleazetone Records. In 2008 the label released the Fools Gold album and the accompanying Clown remix EP. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  2.   My Love Grows In the Dark
  3.   Feelz Good (4-Evr)
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  5.   Clown
  6.   Heaven
  7.   Bullshit
  8.   Warm Glove
  9.   Weird Yearz
  10.   Psy-Chic
  11.   Blonde With U
  12.   Growin
  13.   Ah Ma
  14.   Nick the Stripper
  15.   Luvvbazaar
  16.   Li$ten 2 the Grrrls
  17.   Credit In the Straight World
  18.   High
  19.   Street Jizz
  20.   Fear Us
  21.   A Wolves Eye
  22.   Nothing Happens At Nite
  23.   Dayjob
  24.   The Woman
  25.   What Makes a Man Start a Band?
  26.   Let Me Hear You Cry
  27.   College
  28.   Call Out Our Lions
  29.   Opportunity Bless My Soul
  30.   Ride the Snake Until It Shakes
  31.   Who's Your Favorite, Baby?
  32.   My Life Is Beautiful
  33.   I Fucking Care About You
  34.   I Think I Got Something to Prove
  35.   I'm Hungry!
  36.   Ride My Inner Child
  37.   Bentmoves
  38.   Listen To the Girls
  39.   Listen 2 the Girls
  40.   No More Long Years by Matt & Kim
  41.   Turn Around
  42.   Shake Off
  43.   Nightology
  44.   Copenhagen

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