Gavin Paul

Bo Diddley; Photo: n/a

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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Milli Vanilli; Photo: n/a

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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Alan Bean on the Moon; Photo: NASA/Charles Conrad

Lyricapsule: The U.S. Sends Some More Men to the Moon; November 14, 1969

A mere four months after the late Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew took their infamous step and leap for man and mankind on the moon, ‘Murrica shot another crew – Apollo 12 – […]

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Lyricapsule: Marshall Mathers Becomes Eminem; November 12, 1996

Before he became a “Rap God,” Mr. Mathers had to become Eminem. Opposite the ecstasy-binge of a Dr. Dre-produced major-label debut, the self prescribed “little white boy from Detroit” dropped his first set of studio-cut […]

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Ted Nugent

Lyricapsule: Motor City Madman Executes Squirrel; November 7, 1974

Citing lack of fortitude amongst his virgin band, The Amboy Dukes, Ted Nugent disappeared into the Colorado wilderness in the summer of 1974 to recollect his gun-toting, animal-destroying self, emerging on this day of the […]

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Lyricapsule: Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ Sticks Around for 43 Weeks; November 6, 1982

Incubated on the Northern England soul circuit in the 70s when it was a Gloria Jones’ brass-punch of a DJ fave, Jones painting the Motown sound black with the song’s battered declarations on the tainting […]

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Lyricapsule: Susan B. Anthony Fined for Attempting to Vote; November 5, 1872

Renowned suffragist, raging granny, woman on silver dollar from 1979-1981, Susan B. Anthony walked into a presidential election polling booth on this day in 1872 and got slapped with a $100 fine for attempting to […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan vs. the Blowfish; November 3, 1995

Easy targets, shooting the Blowfish in the proverbial AOR barrel. “Only Wanna Be With You,” despite Cracked Rear View’s absurd amount of record sales – 16x Platinum and counting! – for anyone who knows that […]

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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.