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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

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

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