When R. Kelly went onstage with Phoenix at Coachella this year to perform a surprise live mashup of “Ignition (Remix)” — hands-down the greatest pop song to ever compare a lady to an automobile and, God willing, our future national anthem — he reminded us once again of what is arguably the song’s greatest virtue.
And its virtues, they are many. But its crowning glory is this: No matter who’s singing or playing it or mashing it up, no matter what the hell they’re doing to it, this song cannot be bad. It is by definition a remix, and as such is infinitely remixable. It is invincible. Incorruptible.
Don’t believe me? Just TRY to hate a single one of these versions. TRY.
1. The Hood Internet threw this together after hearing the live Coachella mash-up with Phoenix’s “1901”:
From their website: “Hopefully this means R. Kelly is at the stage of his career where he just shows up and sings “Ignition (Remix)” over other people’s songs all the time.” (YES PLEASE)