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