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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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Albums by
The Kills

Top Songs by
The Kills

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

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