Gavin Paul

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: 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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Jersey Teen Faces 10 Years Behind Bars over Violent SoundCloud Rap

Photo: George Douglas Peterson via SoundCloud Eighteen-year-old Michael Schmitt of West Caldwell, New Jersey is facing up to 10 years in prison, reports Buzzfeed, after posting a controversial rap on his SoundCloud profile, illschmitt✖︎ ✖︎, alluding to violence […]

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French Muslim Rapper’s Bataclan Gigs Incite Protests

French rapper, Médine, raps in the halls of the Bataclan in Paris, in the official video for his song of the same name; Photo: YouTube Despite both of his shows selling out and the Bataclan’s […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan is Born; May 24, 1941

Photo: N/A 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 […]

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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: Fats Domino, the Riot Inciter; May 22, 1955

Photo: N/A Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., the roly-poly post-war, ivory-tinkling rock legend, arrived at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day back in 1955 to find that police shut the man’s scheduled […]

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Lyricapsule: Neil Young Records ‘Ohio’ With CSNY; May 21, 1970

Mary Ann Vecchio crying out and kneeling over a fatally wounded Jeffrey Miller on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio; Photo: John Paul Filo Neil Young went into the studio on this […]

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Yes, You Should Still be Decoding these Lyrics on Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’

Childish Gambino slaughters a choir in the official video for his new song and video, ‘This is America’; Photo: YouTube/Childish Gambino Should you have missed actor-musician hybrid Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover’s hosting duties on this […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XV

Nicki Minaj comes out of the woodwork swinging at Cardi B from her new Barbie house digs, Nashville’s Erin Rae Sunday-morning strolls endlessly across a window pane on a self-reflection mission, a Pro Era collective offshoot […]

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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.