In my travels in Intarspace, I frequently come across news that is no longer news,* and am astonished that I’ve made it this many years into my life without encountering this information until now.
I have two from this week:
First, while reading the CNN obituary for Gerald Levert, I discovered that he did a supergroup album nearly a decade ago with Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat.** Holy shit. How could this possibly have escaped my notice for that long? I can’t even fathom the seductive power that must be contained in such a work. It must be like musical Spanish Fly. Jesus.
Second, while reading the ISB, I discovered that William Shatner did a cover of Pulp’s “Common People” for his Has Been album. Again, where the fuck have I been?
Cultural tardiness like this makes me impressed with myself for having come across Yacht Rock only a few months after it ended.
*Number one on the list of “news that is no longer news,” by the way? Just for my brothers and sisters devoted to street-corner pamphleteering? The Good News. He’s been dead for two thousand years, kids. It’s really, really not news anymore.
**His real name!