January 22, 2013

A fond trope of today’s mountain-a-minute blogosphere, especially in these increasingly millennial times, is an oral history or retrospective celebrating the 10th/20th/25th/40th/whatever anniversary of a piece of art. Since we’re pushing past the 10th year anniversary of when the Internet discovered indie rock in the beginning of the millennium, we’ve already gotten some of those pieces regarding albums like Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights and The Strokes’ Is This It?; hell, the Interpol album got two oral histories, which is a shockingly large amount of Interpol history for anyone to consume.

There’s another 10 year anniversary we should all be noting today. I can’t be 100% sure of the date because keeping track of single release timing is iffy, and I definitely wasn’t paying attention at the time. But Wikipedia affirms that January 22, 2003, was the date when R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” was released, and I’ll be damned if I ever feeling like listening to Interpol’s asthmatic whine more than I do Kellz’s landmark R&B accomplishment. There isn’t really a better way to celebrate the date than by listening to the song again and again; you could re-read John Darnielle’s 100 reasons why it slays, or try to track down the original “Ignition” (a song I don’t think anyone has ever heard) for comparison’s sake. But yeah, just watch the video again and again. It’s the beginning of the week but we can still have some fun.

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