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

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