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There are many reasons to put a band together; Black Kids have one of their own. Ask Reggie Youngblood, Black Kids co founder, what drives this much talked about group and he replies. "Our goal is to create music that would incite one to dance and to cry." On their much-anticipated Columbia Records debut Partie Traumatic, Black Kids -Ali Youngblood (vocals/keys), Dawn Watley (keys/vocals), Owen Holmes (bass), Kevin Snow (drums) and Reggie (vocals/guitar) hit that goal dead on. Produced by ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Partie Traumatic is an infectious fusion of heart and hips; ten songs as energetic and pop injected as they are emotional and reflective; albeit with a knowing if not sardonic twist. "We've been getting the impression that the record appeals to people of all ages," Reggie explains, "but really, it's a teenager's record. Those perfect pop records, which deal with women? That inspired us. It made us anxious to get our hearts broken. We want to pass that disease on: chronic, unnecessary heartache and lust."
Witness "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You". Offers Reggie, "I'm Not Gonna…" is by far, the easiest song we've ever written. I conceived it while working in a miserable call center, presented it to the group at our first rehearsal, and we played it then exactly the way we play it now. I've read that it's the kind of song every band dreams of writing. Rightly so. I think the title existed long before the song did." Much like Partie Traumatic, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boy Friend How To Dance With You" is a nod towards and subsequent reinvention of Black Kids eclectic influences; i.e. The Smiths, Beatles, disco, New Order, 80's Hair Metal, New Wave, Prince and Neil Young or as Reggie sums it up, "Every Goddamn thing."
Flat out cool and peppered with New Wave guitars and synths "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You," was released in Spring 2008 in the UK. Shortly afterwards, the single was embraced by the notoriously harsh British press and then made its way on to the UK charts and radio, debuting in the single sales charts at an impressive #11. The song took them from sold out performances around the country to national television, appearing on top music show "Later… With Jools Holland" in April before they returned to the US for a jubilant coast–to-coast tour with Cut Copy.