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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "Ignition" (live)

Grace from Australia sent me this R. Kelly cover about eight months ago.

Is it right to write about "Ignition" from within my parents' home? No. It's too dirty. Nevertheless...

After reading a Nabokov short story about lepidoptery, do you grab a big net and a mason jar and go butterfly catching?

But, does staring at an Escher lithograph drive you to the study of higher geometry?

Still, isn't it the case that immediately after reading a Dick Francis novel, you ride a horse in a steeple chase/solve a crime through cunning detective work?

Each of the above artists is an expert in the field of his subject matter, and sometimes portrays it from an obscure, inaccessible perspective - one which I can often appreciate, but rarely relate to. This is true too of R. Kelly and his subject matter: doing it. But unlike zoology, math, and the world of equestrian crime, sex is not the domain of experts. It is for us all. When I listen to an R. Kelly recording, I'm not aroused or seduced, but shamed. I wish he wasn't kickin' it with my girlfriend. In his version of "Ignition," Mr. Oldham gives voice to the amateur love-maker. He's self-conscious and ironic, but not detached or untrue. It's the self-aware awkwardness and ridiculousness of his attempt to be sexy that makes it seem so authentic and, well, sexy. When at 3:19, things fall apart, he and his "partner" start laughing. Now they're having fun. This I can relate to. This is hot. I don't know about the lascivious science of R. Kelly, but I do know about being laughed at in bed.


Boat - "Holding All The Globes"

The last slow dance ever. Played by a four-piece band, two of whom seem to have nothing to do but show enough good taste to do nothing. [Info]

Posted by Jordan at July 12, 2005 5:07 AM

excellent cover ! and you nailed>/i> it, my friend, you nailed it ...

Posted by garrincha at July 12, 2005 11:32 AM

what is "lepidoptery?"

Posted by stephanie at July 12, 2005 4:44 PM

stephanie - the study of moths/butterflies!

jordan - i think your comments on the "Ignition" cover may be my favourite musicblog post this year, by anyone.

Posted by Sean at July 12, 2005 6:11 PM

yeah, I agree. I laughed out loud at work. and that is NOT DONE.

Posted by dan at July 12, 2005 11:43 PM

As long as you know it's dirty...

Posted by damama at July 13, 2005 11:24 AM

this r kelly cover is fucking awesome, thank you

Posted by eric at July 13, 2005 11:29 AM

Garrincha, Sean and Dan - Thanks.

Mom - This post is actually by the other Jordan who writes for STG.

Posted by Jordan at July 13, 2005 1:42 PM

The Bonnie Prince Billy Ignition MP3 is not hosted anymore. I'm looking to contact someone who downloaded it and could send me a copy. Pawel.

Posted by Pawel at August 21, 2005 7:50 AM

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