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The Kills

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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  1.   Song
  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.   Superstition
  9.   Getting Down
  10.   Black Tar
  11.   Pale Blue Eyes
  12.   Impossible Tracks
  13.   Cheap and Cheerful
  14.   Siberian Nights
  15.   Bitter Fruit
  16.   Hard Habit to Break
  17.   Dreams
  18.   Whirling Eye
  19.   Sour Cherry
  20.   Future Starts Slow
  21.   Baby Says
  22.   Pots and Pans
  23.   Heart Is A Beating Drum
  24.   Cat Claw
  25.   Blue Moon
  26.   Black Balloon
  27.   Murdermile
  28.   Fried My Little Brains
  29.   Fuck the People
  30.   Hitched
  31.   The Last Goodbye
  32.   Black Rooster
  33.   Let It Drop
  34.   Days of Why and How
  35.   Heart of a Dog
  36.   Satellite Dub
  37.   Willow Weep For Me
  38.   44
  39.   Weedkiller
  40.   One Silver Dollar
  41.   Night Train
  42.   Hook and Line
  43.   Tape Song
  44.   No Wow/Telephone Radio Germany
  45.   Rodeo Town
  46.   At the Back of the Shell
  47.   I Hate the Way You Love, Pt. 2
  48.   The Good Ones
  49.   Sugar Baby
  50.   Jewel Thief
  51.   Gypsy Death & You
  52.   Monkey 23
  53.   Wait
  54.   Dropout Boogie
  55.   Gum
  56.   Pull a U
  57.   Kissy Kissy
  58.   Hand
  59.   Crazy
  60.   What New York Used to Be
  61.   Alphabet Pony
  62.   I Hate the Way You Love
  63.   Dead Road 7
  64.   Echo Home
  65.   That Love
  66.   You Don't Own The Road
  67.   Wild Charms
  68.   Nail In My Coffin
  69.   Damned If She Do
  70.   M.E.X.I.C.O.
  71.   Goodnight Bad Morning
  72.   I Call It Art (Le Chanson de Slogan)
  73.   Ticket Man
  74.   Sweet Cloud
  75.   The Search for Cherry Red
  76.   Hum for Your Buzz
  77.   No Wow by Radio Slave
  78.   Run Home Slow
  79.   M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U
  80.   [CD-Rom Track]
  81.   Pull U A
  82.   Cavemen
  83.   Passion Is Accurate
  84.   Phones
  85.   No Wow
  86.   Baby's Eyes
  87.   The Good Ones
  88.   The Void by Alison Mosshart
  89.   Hit Me When U-1-2
  90.   Half of Us
  91.   The Void
  92.   Half of Us by Alison Mosshart