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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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Lyricapsule: Bo Diddley Debuts ‘The Beat’; November 20, 1955

Leading an infamous pack of defiers who dared to go against the wishes of Ed Sullivan, Mississippi blues-cum-rock innovator, Bo Diddley, dropped “the Bo Diddley beat” on this day in 1955 on The Ed Sullivan […]

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Lyricapsule: The Grammys Strip Milli Vanilli of Award; November 19, 1990

Worse than Chunk getting his ice cream taken away in Goonies, worse than every olympiad’s medal-stripped doping fiasco, there is Milli Vanilli, the cheesy pop puppets of 1990 who attained the status of the only […]

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The World Reacts to Band Aid 30 Lyric Redux

Since Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure gave another star-studded Band Aid reboot to their landmark 1984 anti-poverty charity track, “Do They Know it’s Christmas?,” on Sunday during the British version of The X-Factor. Geldof has cited […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLV

We’d like to think the universe planned a week in which Nicki Minaj is envisioned as a nazi hip-hop dictator and a supergroup trio of German metal heads named after a kind of tank take […]

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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.