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

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