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

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