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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 15 Lyric Videos of 2017

Now that facts officially don’t matter anymore, it’s an ever curious evolution of the lyric video as high internet art — for all we know, lyric video directors and bands could be screwing with us, […]

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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: John & Yoko Launch ‘War is Over’ Poster Campaign; December 15, 1969

One of John & Yoko’s ‘War is Over’ billboards erected in Manhattan in December of 1969; Photo: Getty/Beatles Bible “So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings […]

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Lyricapsule: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘Foxy Lady’; December 13, 1966

The cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxy Lady’ ’45 b/w ‘Manic Depression’; Photo: Polydor  Further immortalized with a Wayne’s World nerdcore pelvic thrust 30 years later, Hendrix‘s purported only happy song he’s ever recorded, “Foxy Lady,” was cut […]

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Lyricapsule: The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hits Charts; December 12, 1964

Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield (left) and Phil Spector (right) at Gold Star Studios in 1965; Photo: Getty 5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for […]

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British Ad Agency Creates Feminist Christmas Carol Album for Charity

The album art for ‘Hyrrs: Festive Hymns Made Feminist’; Photo: Grey London/Goldstein Music Progressive British ad agency, Grey London, has teamed up with fellow Brit music production creatives, Goldstein Music, to put a feminist spin […]

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Lyricapsule: Lead Belly Dies; December 6, 1949

Huddie William ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter; Photo: Michael Ochs Archive via The Telegraph One of blues’ finest chain-links to the African griots that birthed rhythm into traditional gospel and field songs, Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter passed […]

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Lyricapsule: World Aids Day; December 1, 1988

Bruce Springsteen walks the ‘Streets of Philadelphia; Photo: Vevo The very first of now eight global public campaigns created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of enemies against humanity we tend to forget, World […]

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Lyricapsule: Van Morrison Drops ‘Astral Weeks’; November 29, 1968

The cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’; Photo: Warner Bros. Van Morrison‘s true solo album, released on this day in 1968, as 1967’s “Brown Eyed Girl“-opening pop rocket Blowin’ Your Mind was released without his […]

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

Sammy Hagar rides a cop for his lack of speed law coolness in the official video for ‘I Can’t Drive’; Photo: Vevo/YouTube In 1974 Big Brother decided to institute a National Maximum Speed Law across […]

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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.