Gavin Paul


Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXIX

The Strokes dive back into the land of gleaming the Tron cube, Major Lazer takes a flaccid toe-dip into cold-water adventure with Justin Bieber, NOFX return from the LA punk gutter with a “moron bro” sex, drugs […]

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Lyricapsule: Hunter S. Thompson is Born; July 18, 1937

Hunter S. Thompson, the wild, mad mind behind ‘gonzo journalism‘ was born on this day in 1937. A notorious devourer of life at a rapid pace, Thompson was just about the most reflective man that […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXVIII

Victims of the Orlando nightclub attack unite with a message on their bodies as a canvas, John Prine digs into the fishing-time Americana vaults, a tone-deaf Brazilian pop crew hypnotize the masses with a beautifully confounding […]

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Lyricapsule: The Rolling Stones’ First Gig; July 12, 1962

The sweet, devilish Jagger-Richards essence of the new rock that rolled, The Rolling Stones, was born on this day 54 years ago. Triumphant tour commemorating the run now in the books, in the meantime, let’s roll […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Alley Oop’ the Caveman Goes No. 1; July 11, 1960

Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a […]

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Lyricapsule: The Gold Record is Birthed; July 8, 1958

Long before ringtones and multi-million dollar deals with cell phone companies, the defining barometer of success — as defined by the mass of units shipped to retail outlets — the Gold Record was birthed on […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXVII

A new experimental hip-hop crew chooses to televise its revolution, James Vincent McMorrow finds comfort from the bottom of a swimming pool, De La Soul dedicate an entire website to an interactive joint and more, […]

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Lyricapsule: Elvis Births Rock & Roll; July 5, 1954

A loaded statement in the history of rock, depending on what type of lineage tree your music heart follows, Elvis’ freewheelin’ wizardry of rockabilly and jump on Arthur Crudup‘s mid-40s blues staple “That’s All Right,” […]

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Lyricapsule: The Band Drops ‘Music From Big Pink’; July 1, 1968

How sacred the big pink house recording space in upstate New York was to the dudes then known as Bob Dylan‘s touring backing band, when they cemented themselves as THE Band, is irrelevant to the […]

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Lyricapsule: Tim Buckley Dies; June 29, 1975

Jeff Buckley claimed to have only met his father once before the singer-songwriter predecessor passed from a heroin overdose in 1975 on this day a year out of the 27 Club. Be that as it […]

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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.