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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

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

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