Gavin Paul


Lyricapsule: Aerosmith Bail Out 53 Pot-Busted Fans After Gig; October 3, 1978

Somewhere during the set of Aerosmith‘s Fort Wayne, Indiana stop along their Live Bootleg! Tour on this day in 1978, a gang of policemen raided the tuneage times to crack down on as many pot-smokers as […]

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Lyricapsule: Donovan Debuts ‘Catch the Wind’; September 30, 1965

Hailed Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan — despite originally being spawned from Scottish lands — a 19-years-young Donovan made his Stateside debut on this day in 1965 on the short-lived variety show, Shindig!, fresh-face troubadouring, yes, […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Hit The ‘Ed Sullivan Show’; September 27, 1964

Jealousy just west coast-sparkling over the fact that they were “getting eclipsed by a group called The Beatles from London” earlier in the year, The Beach Boys flexed their American pop arm today in 1964 […]

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Lyricapsule: Bessie Smith Dies; September 26, 1937

Pioneering women’s path to the blues spotlight, vocalist Bessie Smith‘s life was cut short at the top of her game on this day in 1937, the victim of a car crash and a contentious white […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVIII

Freddy Mercury still ain’t got no time for monkey business on a Mr. Bad Guy update, some Greek stoner metal-heads make a mid to deflower some zombie parts, Green Day simmer down the political statements with a new Revolution […]

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Lyricapsule: Radiohead Drop ‘Creep’; September 21, 1992

The unfortunate foundation on which Radiohead built their alt-rock launch into stardom, the angst of Thom Yorke and crew catapulted unto the world on this day in 1992 with hit single “Creep.” Winning hearts on […]

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Lyricapsule: AC/DC Drop ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’; September 20, 1976

Wild-eyed Aussie misfits, AC/DC exploded 1976’s arena rock scene on this day with their third effort, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Tough panache task, considering their sophomore effort being T.N.T. It was dynamite. King-screamer Bon Scott […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘No Nukes’ Concert; September 19, 1979

One of those rare moments when people actually understand the power that they have over political action, a few hundred thousand people converged upon Madison Square Garden on this day in 1979, and the next […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVII

Norah Jones goes Mad Men jazz lounge, Dolly “Backwoods Barbie” Parton quests for pretty in so much damn pink, Drive-By Truckers teach some ‘filthy and fried’ lessons to the youth, and more, in the 37th week of […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Shakur Dies; September 13, 1996

There are those that profess his existence. There are those that resurrect him via voodoo hologram tricks. And there is the Pac, rhymes echoing for eternity since the anniversary of his death on this day […]

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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.