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Keep on Your Mean Side [Explicit Lyrics]

The KillsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B00008O31B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Superstition
2. Cat Claw
3. Pull A U
4. Kissy Kissy
5. Fried My Little Brains
6. Gypsy Death & You
7. Hand
8. Hitched
9. Black Rooster
10. Wait
11. Fuck The People
12. Monkey 23

Editorial Reviews

The Kills’ debut is a stark 21st Century blues album, the sort of thing that would have struggled to find an audience before the White Stripes broke into the mainstream. So it’s lucky for them--and us--that they had such respectable coattails to ride on. The duo--Alison Mosshart, a.k.a. VV, and Hotel--play a music that’s blues influenced with a garage rock edge, and that’s where the similarities end. Sure, the Kills use a drum machine instead of a live drummer, but the differences run much deeper than that: The Kills’s blues rock is dirtier and more sex-drenched version of blues rock, a result of the shared vocal duties of Hotel and VV. The sultry "Hitched" says it all ("I’ll get my name stitched on your lips so you won’t get hitched"). These are songs that sweat sexual menace, recalling Boss Hogg or early PJ Harvey (on "Superstition" and "Wait," VV’s voice is a dead ringer for young Polly Jean’s). Best of all, these songs are stuffed with hooks. In a sea of pretenders, the Kills are capable of providing some genuine competition for the White Stripes.--Robert Burrow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Spitting December 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Where to start with this band. I first came across The Kills when I heard this was Alison Moshart's new band after the break-up of the amazing Florida band Discount. From my past history with Discount (permanent fixture in my Top 5 of all time) I knew I was going to love this album. While The Kills sound nothing like Discount you can still tell Alison is still doing what she knows best. Moshart's lyrics and vocals are USDA Certified to kick you right in the center of the chest and have you coming back for more. While they will never get the praise they deserve by mainstream America who will always label them a White Stripes rip-off (since we all know Jack White is a guitar god and invented Guitar and Drum blues) I don't see that as a bad thing. The Kills are one of those bands that are around not for the masses, but for the small group of people that GET them. Buy this album and Half Fiction by Discount, sit back, relax and be forever changed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heroin, eh? January 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to indiefolk co-opting the blues, I think this is how it should be done. The Kills are 2 pretentious scenester-types, caught up in the dingy romance of the down-and-out-poseur life. And it sounds great. I'll take this over Jack White's squeaky-clean reverance any day (sorry Jack, but I think this kind of self-mythologizing is truer to the spirit of the blues; but, that version of "Death Letter" on 'De Stijl' tears it up). My one complaint is that it's a little bit samey: "Fried My Little Brains" sounds a lot like "Hitched" sounds a lot like "F*#k the People." Not that that's a bad way to sound, it just gets a little tiresome. But speaking of "F*#k the People," I think it gets the award for Best Use of Profanity, 2003. It's tough these days to get any kind of thrill when a pop singer cusses, but I think I'd be more likely to turn down "F*#k the People" than I would something dumb like the Offspring's "Bad Habit," if my mom were around. Dunno why exactly, it just sounds dirtier coming out of VV's (assuredly filthy) mouth. Anyway, if you're looking for a bluesy minimalist indie punk album, pick up 'Keep on Your Mean Side.'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The Kills are an extraordinarily intense band. Alison (VV) and Jamie (Hotel) complement each other well. His guitar playing is catchy and gritty at the same time. Her vocals are passionate and raw. There is absolutely no showmanship in their performances. The track I enjoyed the most was 'Wait', a slower sweeter song. I have always been a sucker for Alison's softer singing even back in the days of her pop punk band Discount. She has a truly amazing voice. With the surge in the popularity of rock and blues music it would be easy to group these two with some of the more widely known musicians making headlines, but they truly deserve a place of their own. The music is honest, chaotic, sexy and above all artistic. It's Brit meets America and it will blow you away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NICE CHANGE FROM THE MAINSTREAM April 4, 2003
By Wu Ming
Format:Audio CD
In a quest to always find good new music, I first read about the Kills in NME, and found them to be very interesting. The band consisted of two members: Hotel, a guy from London, and VV, a girl from the States. NME seemed to be enthralled with them, and with good reason. They do make very good music.
I find it hard to put a specific finger on what type of music the Kills make. I consider it alternative bluesy rock. Their inspirations seem to range from P.J. Harvey (when I first listened, I was surprised to hear how similar VV�s voice is to P.J. Harvey. She also sometimes reminds me of Elastica�s Justine Frischmann or Bettie Serveert�s Carol Van Dyk), the Velvet Underground, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the noise pop of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Their music can sometimes be loud with bursts of fuzzed-out raw guitar noise and feedback, and at times acoustic and very melodic.
There are stand out tracks throughout. I personally like �Superstition,� �Cat Claw,� �Kissy Kissy,� and the last six tracks the best, but all are great. I was especially fascinated by the last track: "Gypsy Death & You." And just a slight warning: the Kills have a penchant for using the �f� word � something that pops up numerous times in a few songs. It seems befitting of their attitude. That aside, they definitely have their own sound that is not like other bands.
It is a great listen and I totally recommend it for anyone - especially for fans of the musicians listed in this review. Not the best debut album of all time, hence 4 out of 5 stars, but a great one. I'm definately looking forward for more of their music in the future and wish them the best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pass me the whip Polly.. October 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When an album like this is considered by many to be the most passionate rock album of the year then that would be nothing less than more evidence that the rock scene has got a major problem.
But such a statement could be easily misunderstood, so, some exegesis is badly needed here.
"Keep on your mean side" is indeed a brilliant LP. It sounds authentic from the get go, and has a pathos that you can't miss even if you've lost all ability to feel.
Musically, it's a simple recipe really, but as it's well observed over the years simple is more than often beautiful. It is obviously influenced -in a -major way- by the likes of P.J Harvey
but it goes beyond that because the whole mix has an intense sexuality, a "dirtyness", and a rockiness that Polly Jean hasn't achieved (at least to that degree).
Having said all that though, it is not to say that listening to the Kills isnt rewarding. It is, in fact, as rewarding as a sin to let "Keep on your mean side" go through your ears. And i'm sure they must be a treat live as well.
If we're trapped to suffer hordes of wannabes, pretenders, untalented copycats and fake hard n tough "rockers" then I'll take the Kills every single time.
After all, this is one case where you cant say "copy Kills music", if you get my drift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, great music
The lyrics say volumes without saying much. The music is dirty, and very simple. The songs are catchy enough to make you listen, yet have enough substance to keep me coming back... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ForNever
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their more recent albums...
I found this album to be much grungier and somewhat less creative than their later albums. The good tracks are fewer and far between, but overall I can enjoy Keep On Your Mean Side... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bladerade
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Its the kills.....what more do I need to say? Raw and melodic at the same time. Soulful and irreverent. Music how it should be done. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not a Review of the Album
But you should know that the track listings are all messed up. I can only tell what the names of the songs are by listening to the lyrics. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Avalanche Lily
2.0 out of 5 stars
I tried to appreciate this CD. I really did. And maybe I'm missing something or I'll come to understand these songs a little more but the quality and content of KOYMS is only... Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by Robert Barrera
5.0 out of 5 stars the Kills kill
luv this 1st cd from them its the best of the three. but in fact all three fit together seamlessly. just can't beat that raw energy blues that runs through mean side,its a rocker... Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by m39
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Low Down Ultracool
I also found this band by way of Dead Weather, but The Kills are actually much much better. Stripped down dirty blues rock.
Published on August 11, 2010 by J. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD.
Real good CD. I got this CD after I listened to the Dead Weather cd. I like this band.
Published on December 16, 2009 by Kenneth G. Clouser
5.0 out of 5 stars KILLS
I found this group by accident. After listening to the Dead Weather band, I looked into their past works and I like them all.The Kills are very good.
Published on August 21, 2009 by Kenneth G. Clouser
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to testify!
This album is one of their earlier albums. I discovered The Kills with their previous album Midnight Boom as well, but it stirred up a major thirst for more so I grabbed this... Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by RB73
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