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The Black Lips made their American national television debut in October 2007 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and played "O Katrina".In May 2008 Black Lips made their UK TV debut performing 'Bad Kids' on BBC3's The Wall.Their debut for Vice Records, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo, was released in February 2007.It is supposed to have been recorded at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, but fans, musicians, and journalists have expressed doubts about that claim and speculated that some or most of it was recorded in a studio with John Reis.They gained national attention in 2006 with features in Spin and Rolling Stone.The band got exposure in The New York Times during the 2007 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in which they played a dozen shows over a three-day period.Pé, who spent his early twenties buying alcohol for his then-underage future bandmates, dropped out of school and accepted the band's offer.In 2005, they released two more 7 inch vinyls through Slovenly Recordings.
They were kicked out of school during their senior year after the Columbine Massacre in 1999 because they were regarded as a "subculture danger." They released their first 7-inch in 2002 with tracks from their first ever studio LP ~ completed in 2000 with producer/guitarist Eric Gagnon of The El Caminos.The same song was going to be used in a commercial by British supermarket chain Tesco, but, according to the band, the company decided not to go through with the deal because of concerns with the lyrical content of the song. Following some antics at their show in Chennai, the band became worried about being arrested and imprisoned for "homosexual acts" so they fled the city and eventually the country.The band summed up what happened in an interview at the musical festival: "they kissed, and some weiners were pulled out..." Vice Records documented the trip.The film made its debut at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2009.A song called "Arboles De La Barranca" was performed by Black Lips for the film Rudo y Cursi.