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

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