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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: David Bowie Connects Major Tom to Ground Control; June 20, 1969

Opposite Hunky Dory‘s “Life on Mars?” two years later, David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” recorded on this day in 1969, appointed the late ever-morphing rocker as the new king of psych-folk, four years before The Dark […]

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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: 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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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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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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Lyricapsule: The Who Become the Loudest Band on Earth; May 31, 1976

The cover of ‘Who’s Better Who’s Best: Very Best of the Who’; Photo: Polydor Records Long before Jack White and his paltry Guinness reach for most metaphors in a concert, there was The Who on this […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan is Born; May 24, 1941

Robert Allen Zimmerman, the name his parents gave him, was born in Duluth, MN on this day in 1941. At some point en route to his iconic status he changed his name to Bob Dylan, […]

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Lyricapsule: Bonnie & Clyde Gunned Down; May 23, 1934

Out on a rural Louisiana road on this day in 1934, two of the “public enemy” era’s most infamous celebrities, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, were gunned down by a quartet of Texas officers, ending […]

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Lyricapsule: Marley is Taken From Us; May 11, 1981

Cancer took Bob Marley from the world on this day back in 1981. The reggae legend was 36-years-young. As with most of Marley’s tunes, their pliability was what made them classics, rife with religious plugs, but presented […]

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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.