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Black Kids

Once again demonstrating the power of the Internet in breaking new bands, in a matter of months the Black Kids came from obscurity to become one of the most talked-about bands at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon, all on the basis of four songs posted on the band's MySpace page and a lot of buzz among music bloggers. Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, the Black Kids consist of Reggie Youngblood on guitar and lead vocals, Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley on keyboards and backing vocals, Owen Holmes on bass, and Kevin Snow on drums. Reggie and Ali, who are brother and sister, met the other three members of the group while attending the same Sunday-school classes as kids (Reggie points out that in the often-conservative South, Sunday school is a great place to socialize with the opposite sex), and in 2006 they got together to form a band.

Combining bouncy '60s-style pop, '80s new wave atmospherics, and upbeat dance grooves played with a playful, organic spirit, the Black Kids had earned a loyal local following when they posted their four-song EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, on their MySpace page in August 2007. The witty, hook-laden tunes impressed music fans in Florida and Georgia who had seen the Black Kids' live shows (in particular a fabled appearance at the 2007 Popfest in Athens, GA), and several bloggers began writing up the band. Word spread like wildfire across the Internet, and "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" and "Hurricane Jane" were being hailed as potential hit singles. After Vice magazine, New Musical Express, and Pitchfork Media began talking up the band, the Black Kids' appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon in October 2007 found them turning away hundreds of curious music fans and winning rapturous notices in the music press, all without the benefit of a record deal. Not long after the CMJ appearances, the Black Kids signed a management deal with Quest Management, and were booked to play their first tour of England while weighing offers from several record labels. After signing with Columbia Records in the States and Almost Gold Recordings for distribution in regions outside North America, they recorded their debut, Partie Traumatic, produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The album was officially released in July of 2008. ~ Mark Deming
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Thus it matter if they are black or not. The Kingdom of God is color blind. He made us all equal and His love for us is the same.
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I really wanted this band to stick around. My ex and i loved them back in the day
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Dkke
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none of them look black to me.
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emmagracewar h o l
Love black kids! There isn't one song of their's that I haven't liked, which is really rare for me. I'm very picky, but every one of their songs are so catchy and instantly make me happy. Can't believe it's taken me this long to discover them!
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None of them are black
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martheye
thelastand.8 That song was written for his sister who I'm guessing is gay. I could be wrong though.
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It's 1985 all over again! I can dig it. It's got a soul.
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Kind of wondering why in "not gonna teach your bf" why he says you're the girl I've been dreamin of since I was a little girl. He's a guy. Just wondering... .
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These people never get old! Even better, I found this group all on my own a few years ago and brought their popularity locally, being I was really the only kid in high school that knew who they were.
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Boo black kids haha racism
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LOVE this band.
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724558717
i love the Black Kids
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POWER OF THE INTERNET! BOOYAH!
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bares repeating these guys are quite good, I cant wait for the next studio release.
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I know the lead singer and the drummer!!! be jealous!!
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yolajazzy
looooooooooo v e them
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bronwenjohns o n
I like their 80's beat.
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that's right
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oh hey girls
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<3 this band... so playful and spirited ...love the ispired mix of their sound... its amazing.
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castlecat2ma i l
Alternative indie i think. :3 Check on a website like Barnes and noble.
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In which genre is black kids classified?
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They're awsome pieriod. and I love the fact that they hit after simply posting they're music, way to use your resources!
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First time hearing this band- they sound great whatever their influences and inspirations .
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sbholl84
They really do sound very much like the Cure. Fortunately, I love the Cure, and I'm a lot more tolerant of derivation than some. Good sound. I like it.
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just picked up Partie Traumatic, I love it! btw you can like something without trashing anything else.
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Such a great band finding their own sound so fast.
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Yeah it does almost exactly like the Cure in full-on "Love Cats" mode.
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I did a double take, I thought it was the cure, but I like it either way ^^
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spike_64_0
By Holly's logic, Miley Cyrus > The Beatles
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limelove5
i really like this, but i truly thought it was the cure! oh well, i love the cure too, so iss all good!
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gingersweene y
sometimes it sounds like cure but then........
if the cure wants to keep up they need to put out new content and stuff
the black kids are good but most people have no idea who they are
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skinink69
The Cure are classic. These guys aren't too shabby either. Everyone has influences and that's ok!
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luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
Er... everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it should be noted that bands like Black Kids wouldn't even EXIST if it weren't for The Cure.

-Arvis
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luv4cockerpu p s
Ok #1 the cure sucks compared to black kids
#2 black kids is newer so they are automaticall y better soon the cure will dieee. lol
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themurderato r
"They Sound a million times better then the Cure does or will ever sound."

...you dumb idiot.

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luv4cockerpu p s
They Sound a million times better then the Cure does or will ever sound.
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could they try sounding anymore like the cure?
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rdash1
Love em!
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=}
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I'm fine with hearing a bands influences in their music. But, sometimes a band sounds a little too similar to another band. I don't think I need to even say which band Black Kids sounds too much like.
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the twelves remix is the shizzzz.... gets me pumped on fifa
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rayjay92
black kids eh?
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gooood banddd!!!!!!
(:
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good stuff however they need a new songer he has annyoing voice ever!!! he wish he could be anywhere near robert smith
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when i first heard them the first thing i thought was "a poppy version of the cure" lol i still like them though.
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nemasfms
I think colekink meant "The Twelves" remix of I'm Not Gonna Teach. You can find it all over the place.
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drsimone
seeing these guys on Sunday... can't wait.
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