by carl wilson

Kells' Closet (1800's Literary Remix Edition)

A couple of things I had to cut from the "precedents" part of today's column, for yer exclusive Zoil'istic edjimification:

Soul veterans like the Isley Brothers released two-part R&B; songs as far back as the sixties, but that was more for extended-dance-mix and double-yer-profit pleasures than for, like, crazed-soap-operetta suspense.

In fact, Kelly has often duetted in cheater-cheatee scenarios with Ronald Isley himself, who played the cuckold character of Mr. Biggs. Thanks to their work with Kells, the Isleys became the only pop act to put out hits in six consecutive decades. (Or so sources claim, though I wondered about Louis Armstrong.) Many listeners were broken-hearted Mr. Biggs didn’t pop up in Closet chapter 5.

And Drew Daniel - UC Berkeley PhD. student when he's not half of Matmos or all of The Soft Pink Truth - pointed out on ILM the similarity of the Closet suite to the 19th-century craze for verse plays meant to be read (silently or aloud) rather than acted out - which were called, believe it or not, “closet” dramas. So if you're ever asked what Milton, Goethe and R. Kelly have in common, you now have an answer.

It also occurred to me today, opening up my care package from the Internet book store, that Trapped in the Closet is kinda the adult-entertainment version of Harry Potter, with its serial cliffhangers. ... It's R. Kelly's every-flavour beans.

In Depth | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, July 16 at 3:20 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)

 

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some very interesting info here as an appendix to an enjoyable article.
btw, i was among those broken hearted by mr. biggs' absence.

Posted by Del on July 21, 2005 12:28 AM

 

 

According to Joel Whitburn's chart research books, Armstrong charted hits in the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '80s. So six decades, but not consecutive.

As for the Harry Potter connection, don't forget that those rotten Dursleys originally had Potter living in -- yes! -- a closet beneath the stairs.

Posted by J.D. Considine on July 16, 2005 10:21 PM

 

 

 

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