Gavin Paul


SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 15 Lyric Videos of 2016

As with last year’s contenders, we’re in a new era of the lyric video as a new art medium. There was no genius Bob Dylan, channel-flipping “Like a Rolling Stone” entry this year, but from Canada […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey — so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Launch ‘War is Over’ Poster Campaign; December 15, 1969

“So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings the immortal John Lennon with Yoko Ono on their 1971 single about the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War is […]

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Baby It’s ‘Consensual’ Outside: Classic XMas Duet Gets Contentious Update

A Minnesota couple has taken it upon themselves to give a consensual update to Frank Loesser‘s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and people are divided like it’s 2016. You know, that classic call-and-response parlor room piano number where […]

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Lyricapsule: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘Foxy Lady’; December 13, 1966

Further immortalized with a Wayne’s World nerdcore pelvic thrust 30 years later, Hendrix‘s purported only happy song he’s ever recorded, “Foxy Lady,” was cut on this day in 1966, a year shy of his debut record, Are […]

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Lyricapsule: The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hits Charts; December 12, 1964

5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his Civil Rights efforts, the Beatles invaded and Bob Dylan got ’em high for the first time — another […]

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Fiona Apple Roasts ‘Trump’s Nuts’ Over an Open Fire

Ever the endearing iconoclast, Fiona Apple dispatched from her Tumblr account earlier this week with a festive roast of everybody’s favorite new President Elect. Camera perched comically Blair Witch–ian from below, Apple rearranged the lyrics […]

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Lyricapsule: The Jackson 5 Wrap Up the Victory Tour; December 9, 1984

The Jackson 5 finished a six-day residency of their final tour together on December 9th, 1984 at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, ending their record-breaking highest-grossing string of dates that made up the Victory Tour. Things started to become the […]

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Lyricapsule: John Lennon is Taken From Us; December 8, 1980

Some misfit human of which we’ll leave unnamed shot and killed John Lennon 36 years ago today, changing the course of music and culture forever in amounts we’re still trying to comprehend. By now the story is […]

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Literal Bohemian Rhapsody Brings Queen Song to Thriller Life

Today in things we wished we would have created, the dudes of Corridor Digital, a rising team of YouTubers eyeing the meme-content genius prize, have unleashed a thrilling interpretation of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that turns […]

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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.