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

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