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