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Johnny Rotten’s Massive New Songbook Started as a Lyric Clearance to Tour China

Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon imitating his drawing of himself for the cover of his new songbook on Conan; Photo: Conan Punk’s favorite rabble-rouser of Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. infamy,  Johnny “Rotten” Lydon is about to drop a […]

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So Here’s Vladimir Putin Singing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’

The Putster being a ‘weirdo’; Photo: @Therealputinofficial1952 Brought to you by the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” the internet has blessed us with King Krule Kremlin taking on Radiohead‘s most sociopath lonerism ballad, […]

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Lyricapsule: Ringo Starr Drops ‘Back Off Boogaloo’; March 20, 1972

Testament to Ringo‘s ability to bring something to the solo table, kooky blues jam, “Back Off Boogaloo,” dropped on this day in 1972 quickly became notorious for its supposed cryptic skewerings of fellow Beatle, Paul […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XI

Neil Young calls it like he’s been seeing it since Mother Nature began to be on the run, a Christian husband-and-wife duo take on the Syrian refugee crisis, Blink-182 pay homage to suburbia and more […]

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Dallas Record Shop Hosts ‘Hip-Hop Book Club’

A digital flier for the inaugural ‘Hip-Hop Book Club'(left) aside crate-diggers at Josey Records in Dallas, Texas (right); Photo: Facebook/Josey Records In the age of reddit AMA’s and internet everything, including yes, our hypocritical selves coming […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Tops Charts Behind Bars; March 14, 1995

The cover art for Tupac’s ‘Me Against the World’; Photo: Interscope Incarcerated for sexually assaulting a fan in November of 1993, this day in March of 1994 saw the drop of Tupac‘s third album, Me […]

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Snoop takes on Clown Trump Nation in New Single, Video for BADBADNOTGOOD Remix

Snoop fires a fake gun at ‘Ronald Klump’ in the new video for the ‘Nightfall Remix’ of BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Lavender;” Photo: PrankvsPrank/YouTube As well-rounded as Snoop Dogg -zilla -adelic Doggy Dogg D-O-double-G Lion Dogg is, he’s usually one to […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ X

At The Drive-In return from a 17-year silence with a hauntingly vindictive take on predatory sexual abuse, Laura Marling kills it softly pink with a lovely tale about sweet, fleeting love, Animal Collective master the […]

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

Phil Spector staring off into the void as Ike Turner talks to Tina Turner in the studio control room during the 1966 recording of “River Deep, Mountain High;” Photo: Getty/Ray Avery Now considered one of his […]

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Lyricapsule: Napster Feds Up; March 6, 2001

Napster’s original death knell rang a resounding sound on this day in 2001, when the budding file-sharing site that started it all began cooperating with the Feds and a court order to block copyrighted material […]

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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.