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Lyricapsule: The Surfaris Drop ‘Wipe Out’; June 22, 1963

Immortalized by high-school marching bands following its release on this day in 1963, wave-chaser of a bass-drum and jangly guitar chase “Wipe Out” by Cali beach-bums, The Surfaris, was one of those rare cheeky cult […]

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Lyricapsule: The Byrds Drop ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’; June 21, 1965

Though The Byrds only used four verses of Bob Dylan‘s original wit, this day in 1965 kicked the veritable fence down between folk and rock, when The Byrds chased the pop panache of the British […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Lyricapsule: Derek and the Dominos’ First Gig; June 14, 1970

Spurned from dissipating energy from Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton was quietly entering his masterpiece phase in the Spring of 1970. And by quietly we mean strung out on smack, blow and the unrequited […]

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Lyricapsule: Alanis Morissette Drops ‘Jagged Little Pill’; June 13, 1995

Before Alanis Morissette‘s definition of “Ironic” confused a generation of young students of English, the abrasive alt-rock starlet wasn’t abrasive at all — she cut her teeth as a child actor, dabbling in teen pop in […]

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Jersey Teen Faces 10 Years Behind Bars over Violent SoundCloud Rap

Photo: George Douglas Peterson via SoundCloud Eighteen-year-old Michael Schmitt of West Caldwell, New Jersey is facing up to 10 years in prison, reports Buzzfeed, after posting a controversial rap on his SoundCloud profile, illschmitt✖︎ ✖︎, alluding to violence […]

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French Muslim Rapper’s Bataclan Gigs Incite Protests

French rapper, Médine, raps in the halls of the Bataclan in Paris, in the official video for his song of the same name; Photo: YouTube Despite both of his shows selling out and the Bataclan’s […]

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Lyricapsule: Thich Quang Duc’s Immolation; June 11, 1963

Thich Quảng Đức’s self-immolation on June 11, 1963; Photo: Malcom Browne via Wiki Rock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being […]

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Lyricapsule: Mickey Mantle’s Jersey Gets Retired; June 8, 1969

Mickey “Muscles” Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter to cross the mound retired in 1968 after a 17-year stretch in the MLB. In 1969 on this June day, the New York Yankees gave the same honor to […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Grease’ Hits Broadway; June 7, 1972

A year after debuting in a Chicago blues club, the iconic post-war musical Grease orchestrated its way onto Broadway on this day in 1972. Much of the gritty, midwestern drama and sass was torqued along […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. 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.