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Magnetic Fields Wordsmith Drops Scrabble-Inspired Poetry Book

How a man with the ambition to write 100 love songs as an ‘introduction’ to the world, even if settling on 69, is just now penning his first book is a confounding question for the […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume X

The Kaiser Chiefs take letters to the chalkboard, rap-rock mystic upstarts Deadgroove make use of the old slide film grain burn-ups and violin stud Owen Pallett opts for sterile gallery-like shots of everyday boring objects, […]

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Lyricapsule: Tina Turner’s ’500,000th’ ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ Vocal Take; March 7, 1966

Now considered one of his pinnacle recordings, Phil Spector‘s 1966 homage to unconditional love, “River Deep, Mountain High” just about drove everyone mad at an AFM session for the song on this day 47 years […]

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The Men – ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Incessantly managing to find another slice of pure 70s rawwk, this time without ripping off The Stooges or paying homage to MC5, founding guitarist Nick Chericozzi swears, the Brooklyn rabble-rousers fifth garage-door kick, Tomorrow’s Hits, […]

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Lyricapsule: The Rise and Fall of Disco at the Grammys; February 27, 1980

The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences decided disco should be part of the Grammy Awards party on this day back in 1980 with Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive,” awarding the starlet the first and last […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume VIII

Lily Allen goes twee for the love of the dating game, The Hold Steady play it animated nondescript with an ode to the bar scene, and Sisyphus with a no-lyric-lyric-video curveball, as we notch into […]

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Lyricapsule: Snoop Dogg is Acquitted of Murder; February 20, 1996

“I didn’t have no expressions. You know what I’m sayin’? It was all inner. I prayed on it,” said the Lion formerly known as Dogg to MTV, following the emotions he visited while the verdict of […]

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Lyricapsule: The Cash Family Shoots Down ‘Ring of Fire’ Hemorrhoid Ad; February 19, 2004

In a sad state of posthumous legacy affairs, not even a year after Johnny and June Carter Cash passed away, Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the 1963 gem “Ring of Fire” with the late country elite, […]

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Lyricapsule: Just Another Love Song; February 14, Forever

The “love song” is a misnomer. Or obsolete, rather, as a case really can be made for every song ever made containing some bit of love. Stopping, buying, hurting, tenderizing, interrupting, it’s all been done a […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume VII

Kaleidoscopic chest-thumping, obsessively moleskinning, big-budget .gif graffiti – plenty of stops pulled out this week on the internets in dire hopes of literary sexing up your eyeballs. Or whatever Dominique Young Unique means when she says she’s […]

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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.