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