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The bluesy punk duo the Kills consist of vocalist/guitarist VV, aka Alison Mosshart, formerly of the Florida punk band Discount, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Hotel, aka Jamie Hince. After Discount ended in 2000, VV began exchanging tapes with the London-based Hotel through the mail, but both of them felt hindered by this method, so VV crossed the Atlantic so the duo could write faster. In spring of 2001, they issued a self-released demo that showcased their gritty, sexy sound and earned favorable reviews from such quarters as TapeOp Magazine. They also contributed a song, "Restaurant Blouse," to 5 Rue Christine's If the Twenty-First Century Did Not Exist It Would Be Necessary to Invent It compilation early in 2002, before their debut EP, Black Rooster, arrived that summer on Dim Mak. Along with gigs at the London and Glasgow LadyFests and tour dates alongside Le Tigre, the Kills also toured the U.S. for eight weeks before returning to London to finish their first full-length album, Keep on Your Mean Side, which was released by Rough Trade in spring 2003. A second album, No Wow, arrived in 2005 and was an even dirtier, leaner collection of songs. The Kills retooled their sound for 2008's Midnight Boom, mixing more electronic beats and pop hooks into their punky bedrock. While touring alongside the Raconteurs in support of Midnight Boom, Mosshart struck up a friendship with frontman Jack White, prompting the two to form a supergroup, the Dead Weather, in 2009. The Kills took a short break while the Dead Weather worked feverishly, issuing two albums in ten months and touring behind both. Blood Pressures ended the hiatus in 2011. The following year, the band released Dream & Drive, a collection of photographs taken by close friend and collaborator Kenneth Cappello, who also directed several of their videos. During the next few years, Mosshart moved to Nashville to pursue her visual art career as well as continue her work with the Dead Weather, while Hince suffered an injury to his left hand that required him to learn how to play guitar again after five surgeries. The duo recorded their fifth album at a rented house in Los Angeles, as well as New York City's Electric Lady Studios, with Hince co-producing with John O'Mahony. Ash & Ice, one of the band's most somber sets of songs, arrived in June 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
The Kills

Top Songs by
The Kills

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    Popularity
  2.   U.R.A. Fever
  3.   Love Is a Deserter
  4.   Satellite
  5.   DNA
  6.   Doing It to Death
  7.   Last Day of Magic
  8.   Superstition
  9.   Cheap and Cheerful
  10.   Pale Blue Eyes
  11.   Dreams
  12.   Bitter Fruit
  13.   The Search for Cherry Red
  14.   Impossible Tracks
  15.   Getting Down
  16.   Hard Habit to Break
  17.   Black Tar
  18.   Siberian Nights
  19.   Whirling Eye
  20.   Sour Cherry
  21.   Future Starts Slow
  22.   Baby Says
  23.   Pots and Pans
  24.   Ticket Man
  25.   Echo Home
  26.   Murdermile
  27.   The Last Goodbye
  28.   Cat Claw
  29.   Hook and Line
  30.   The Good Ones
  31.   Black Rooster
  32.   Heart of a Dog
  33.   Satellite Dub
  34.   Weedkiller
  35.   You Don't Own The Road
  36.   Wild Charms
  37.   Heart Is A Beating Drum
  38.   Night Train
  39.   What New York Used to Be
  40.   Black Balloon
  41.   Sweet Cloud
  42.   At the Back of the Shell
  43.   Gypsy Death & You
  44.   Fuck the People
  45.   Wait
  46.   Dropout Boogie
  47.   Blue Moon
  48.   Hum for Your Buzz
  49.   Pull a U
  50.   Let It Drop
  51.   44
  52.   Damned If She Do
  53.   Crazy
  54.   M.E.X.I.C.O.
  55.   Goodnight Bad Morning
  56.   Alphabet Pony
  57.   Tape Song
  58.   I Call It Art (Le Chanson de Slogan)
  59.   No Wow/Telephone Radio Germany
  60.   Rodeo Town
  61.   Jewel Thief
  62.   Monkey 23
  63.   Hitched
  64.   Hand
  65.   Fried My Little Brains
  66.   Kissy Kissy
  67.   Willow Weep For Me
  68.   That Love
  69.   I Hate the Way You Love
  70.   Nail In My Coffin
  71.   Gum
  72.   One Silver Dollar
  73.   Dead Road 7
  74.   Days of Why and How
  75.   Sugar Baby
  76.   I Hate the Way You Love, Pt. 2

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