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Playing garage-flavored punk rock with a Southern accent, a messed-up and bluesy undertow, and the gleefully destructive impact of a 15-year-old with a bag of firecrackers, the Black Lips are an Atlanta-based combo who, after their debut in 2000, soon developed a reputation as one of the Peach State's wildest bands. The Black Lips consisted of Cole Alexander on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Ben Eberbaugh on lead guitar, Jared Swilley on bass, and Joe Bradley on drums, when they released their first single. After a second single and a handful of out of control live shows that led to them being banned from several Georgia venues, they caught the attention of Greg Shaw at Bomp! Records, who signed the band to a recording deal. The Black Lips cut their self-titled first album in mid-2002, but before it could be released, Ederbaugh was killed in a freak auto accident when a driver going the wrong way crashed into his car at a toll booth. The death occurred only a few days before the Black Lips were to set out on an East Coast and Midwest tour; believing Ederbaugh would have wanted them to continue, the band set out as a three-piece and made plans to add a new lead guitarist for a more extensive tour in 2003, scheduled to support the release of the album. Their second album for Bomp!, 2004's We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow, featured new guitarist Jack Hines. After the album's release, Hines left the band and was replaced by Ian St. Pé. The Black Lips jumped to In the Red for the 2005 effort Let It Bloom. The band then put out Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo -- their first release for Vice -- and Good Bad Not Evil, both in 2007. 200 Million Thousand followed in 2009, also on Vice. In early 2010, the band hit the studio with producer Mark Ronson and began work on their sixth album, Arabia Mountain, which was released in June of 2011. After failing to get first choice Phil Spector or second choice Ronson, the band enlisted the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Dap Kings member Tommy Brenneck to co-produce their slick, Southern rock-inspired seventh album. Underneath the Rainbow was released by Vice in spring of 2014. Following the release of the album, guitarist Ian St. Pé left the group, and Jack Hines rejoined the lineup on six-string. The Black Lips saw more personnel changes in 2017, as drummer Joe Bradley dropped out and Oakley Munson took over behind the kit; the group also added a sax player, Zumi Rosow. With its membership settled again, the band was ready to hit the road in support of the Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? album, released in May 2017 and produced by Sean Lennon. ~ Mark Deming
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  3.   Veni Vidi Vici
  4.   Cold Hands
  5.   Drugs
  6.   Bad Kids
  7.   Family Tree
  8.   Spidey's Curse
  9.   Boys in the Wood
  10.   It Won't Be Long
  11.   Squatting in Heaven
  12.   Rebel Intuition
  13.   Don't Mess Up My Baby
  14.   Short Fuse
  15.   Take My Heart
  16.   I'll Be with You
  17.   Noc-a-Homa
  18.   Raw Meat
  19.   O Katrina
  20.   In My Mind There's a Dream
  21.   It Feels Alright
  22.   Christmas in Baghdad
  23.   Gung Ho
  24.   Interlude: Got Me Alone
  25.   Buried Alive
  26.   Make You Mine
  27.   Do the Vibrate
  28.   Dirty Hands
  29.   Big Black Baby Jesus of Today
  30.   Funny
  31.   The Last Cul de Sac
  32.   She's Gone
  33.   Lucid Nightmare
  34.   [Untitled]
  35.   Body Combat
  36.   Dorner Party
  37.   Everybody's Doin' It
  38.   Empassant
  39.   Stranger
  40.   M.I.A.
  41.   I Don't Wanna Go Home
  42.   New Direction
  43.   Dumpster Dive
  44.   Bone Marrow
  45.   Trapped in a Basement
  46.   Starting Over
  47.   Slime and Oxygen
  48.   Fairy Stories
  49.   Feeling Gay
  50.   Not a Problem
  51.   Hippie Hippie Hoorah
  52.   Boomerang
  53.   Sea of Blasphemy
  54.   Mr. Driver
  55.   We Know
  56.   Dog Years
  57.   Again & Again
  58.   Old Man
  59.   Finale: Sunday Mourning
  60.   New Direction Ronson Dub Remix
  61.   Mad Dog
  62.   Can't Hold On
  63.   Take Me Home
  64.   The Lie
  65.   Waiting
  66.   Nightmare Field
  67.   Time
  68.   Dandelion Dust
  69.   Elijah
  70.   Workin'
  71.   Navajo
  72.   Punk Slime
  73.   Interlude: Bongos Baby
  74.   Drive-By Buddy
  75.   Let It Grow
  76.   Transcendental Light
  77.   Can't Dance
  78.   Loser's Lament
  79.   Come Ride With Me
  80.   Gentle Violence
  81.   Boone
  82.   Justice After All
  83.   Lock and Key
  84.   Drop I Hold
  85.   Off the Block
  86.   Bicentennial Man
  87.   I Saw God
  88.   Smiling
  89.   I Saw a Ghost (Lean)
  90.   How Do You Tell a Child That Someone Has Died
  91.   Step Right Up
  92.   Juvenile
  93.   Arboles de La Barranca
  94.   Occidental Front
  95.   Wayne
  96.   Overture: Sunday Mourning
  97.   Crystal Night
  98.   You Keep on Running
  99.   Go Out and Get It
  100.   Interlude: E'lektric Spider Webz
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