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Lyricapsule: 34 Years Post-Inception, Iran Green-Lights Queen; August 23, 2004

America: a land where you may be sent to prison for attempting to protect civil liberties, but at least you can buy a damn uncensored Queen record and Bohemian rhapsodize in relative operatic peace. Not […]

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Lyricapsule: Zager and Evans Foretell the Future; August 22, 1969

The ominous foreshadowing damage was long done on this day in 1969, when freaky folk one-hit wondrous duo Zager and Evans ended a six-week run on the Billboard charts with their mirror-ball jam, “In the […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXII

Minnesota underground hip-hop heroes, Atmosphere, go fishing for metaphors, an Indonesian teenager campaigns for thug life status, Green Day double down on the American (shooting) idiot psyche and more, in the 32nd week of the […]

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Lyricapsule: Led Zeppelin’s First Jam Session; August 12, 1968

“The whole room just exploded,” are the famous words bassist John Paul Jones used to describe the vérité of the four dudes who became Led Zeppelin on this day in 1968, as an old Yardbirds cover standard, “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” […]

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Lyricapsule: Son of Sam Killer is Caught; August 10, 1977

The Son of Sam serial killer’s fear-vice on the city of New York during the summer of 1977 ended on this day when NYC police captured David Berkowitz outside his Yonkers apartment. A lot of […]

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Lyricapsule: Jerry Garcia Dies; August 9, 1995

The Deadhead. Love them or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. Life […]

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Lyricapsule: Decca Destroys Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’; August 8, 1960

A famous actress once said that “he who hesitates is a damn fool.” In the music industry, there are many examples of fools and hesitations. Decca Records takes the prize with the decision to pass […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXI

Drive-By Truckers and Aloe Blacc get political, Ariana Grande gets her Whitney Houston a cappella vocal range on, the OG country super(lady)group, Trio, dig up some old ‘wildflowers’, and more, in the 31st week of […]

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Ride the Science: Ex-Physicist Breaks Down Most ‘Metal’ Words

An ex-physicist who pens a blog called ‘Degenerate State‘ with the sole byline of ‘Lain’, took it upon himself to define the most ‘metal’ words in existence. Based on a study Lain did back in […]

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Pixies Extend Olive Branch to Kim Deal with ‘All I Think About Now’

Pixies frontman Black Francis‘ feud with co-founding member of the band, bassist Kim Deal, is one of rock’s most antagonistic, the iconic loud-soft alt-punk band mythically calling it quits via fax, so the story may or may […]

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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.