City Pages (Minneapolis), “How gospel innovator Kirk Franklin and “Stomp” unexpectedly stormed the pop charts 20 years ago this week”

If gospel choirs and anarchist collectives had anything in common, surely it was bashing the video channel and its skin-drenched paeans to mammon. Credit the groups’ shared evangelical impulse. With these two simple motivational anthems — each had a second verse same as the first — the groups sought unlikely fans outside their normal audiences. And they found them: Their albums went triple platinum, becoming the biggest ever sellers for, respectively, gospel choirs and anarchist collectives.

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