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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume LI

Ne-Yo, not surprisingly, shrouds a beautiful woman in a bikini with his awful attempts at game, the swollen anthemic rock of Ireland’s Kodaline turn a fidelity track into a made-for-TV PSA on corporate honesty, and a duo […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey – so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Lyricapsule: Inspiration from The Beatles’ ’A Day in the Life’ Dies; December 18, 1966

Some of the best narratives are mined from newspaper and magazine headlines, whether fictionalized or not. From the twisted seriousness of Nirvana’s “Polly” about the rape of a 14-year-old in Tacoma, Washington, Cobain threading a […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume L

Nick Lowe contemplates the value of a dollar on Christmas while snowmen defy the point of melting, B-52′s icon Kate Pierson somehow got Fred Armisen to wear the most bedazzled set of kitchen gloves and […]

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Lyricapsule: CBGB Opens its Doors; December 10, 1973

Christened the birthplace of American punk, the iconic LES-Manhattan nightclub, and first slingers of acronym irony, CBGB & OMFUG – or Country, Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers – opened on this day […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLIX

Drunk big country no apology bros, dad-talk graffiti soldiers, Lana Del Rey in lipstick font form and more as another crop of lyric video contenders vie for your time on the intranets. Meanwhile, doe-eyed humans […]

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Lyricapsule: The Million Dollar Quartet Session; December 4, 1956

A perfect little snapshot of rock n’ roll’s budding poster-children, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis caught each other in Memphis, Tennessee’s Sun Studios on a whim on this day in […]

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Lyricapsule: National Maximum Speed Law Drops, Sammy Hagar Vindicated; November 28, 1995

In 1974 Big Brother decided to institute a National Maximum Speed Law across all highways and byways imposing a 55 mph speed limit, attempting to tarnish American’s need for speed because of some silly oil […]

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Lyricapsule: George Harrison Drops ‘All Things Must Pass’; November 27, 1970

Aside Ringo – poor Ringo – Harrison got the shaft for a long time the way of Beatle respect, shadowed by the iconic Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit. Even when the band disbanded and solo records started […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘As Time Goes By’ Debuts in ‘Casablanca’; November 26, 1942

Casablanca, one of the most infamous films of all time, if not the most, made its debut in NYC on this day 71 years ago, simultaneously debuting its pinnacle emotive moment when that hussy Illsa Lund […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.