Black Kids, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You”
In honor of the beginning of August, I’m digging into the vaults. A year ago, when I returned from serving an LDS mission in Florida, this song immediately penetrated my brain and refused to relinquish its hold for the entire month of August. Black Kids certainly possess a number of Smiths/Morrissey-esque qualities (androgynous gender confusion being chief among them), although they seem to be a little less depressed. Despite the somewhat downbeat subject matter, “I’m Not Gonna” is a blast of pure pop fun set to throbbing synths and jangly electric guitars — and it doesn’t get any better than that. So, in short, this song provided the soundtrack for my August 2008; Perhaps it will do the same for you in 2009.
P.S. Tune in tomorrow for the first installment in a week-long series: Covers Week! All next week, Rhombus will be featuring great songs as interpreted by some of our favorite artists, including Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, the Killers and many, many more. It should be great fun, so be sure to check in every day this week, beginning tomorrow!
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