Serialized Pop Song, The

R. Kelly love in NY Times Magazine’s Year In Ideas issue:

If you consider it only as a concept, “Trapped in the Closet” seems inevitable. It touches on the big entertainment megatrends: the branded franchise, the automatic spinoff to DVD, the self-updating content of podcasting, the campy soap opera of “Desperate Housewives.” As for the song itself, that’s a different story. “Trapped in the Closet” may indeed be without precedent. It is also completely bananas…

With no end in sight, Kelly claims to have written as far as Chapter 23; he has also suggested that he’ll turn “Trapped in the Closet” into a play or a movie. But the true joy of “Trapped in the Closet” doesn’t come from the increasingly ridiculous plot twists – by Chapter 9, the love triangle has grown into an octangle that includes a midget stripper named Big Man. Rather, it comes from the incantatory melody, which unspools itself like some R&B liturgy, floating on Kelly’s passionate articulation and sudden, thrilling falsetto. When Kelly sings “the midget’s the baby’s daddy” – well, by Chapter 11, you probably saw it coming, but even so, the line just soars.

The author has coined this concept “The Serialized Pop Song.”

Let’s assume this trend inspires other artists. Which indie rock band (it’s more fun than that way) would YOU like to see make a 9-part Serialized Pop Song? Summarize the plot, and extra points if you include a spatula and/or midget.

The funniest comment (decided by Scott, Jim, and Jed) will receive R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet” Parts 1-12 DELUXE DVD.

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