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

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