Gavin Paul

Lyricapsule: Queen Drop ‘A Night at the Opera’; November 21, 1975

Queen‘s fourth record, A Night at the Opera, was a go-for-broke rock moment, the most expensive album ever recorded at the time, a theatrical sojourn in the name of rock and unconventional pop. Silver-throated Freddie […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLVI

Noel Gallagher swoops in with his High Flyin’ Birds crew to deliver a beautiful message about the world from space, Jersey punks Screaming Females paint up dirge-y frustrated love message on a rural Illinois wall, Diplo […]

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Russian State Media Co-Opt Five Finger Death Punch Lyrics for Anti-West Op-Ed, Band Responds

Lead singer Ivan L. Moody of Five Finger Death Punch in the official video for ‘Wash it All Away’; Photo: YouTube Vladislav Surkov of Russian State Media site RT whipped up a mighty piece of […]

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Lyricapsule: Echo & the Bunnymen’s First Gig; November 15, 1978

  The most infamous drum machine named ‘Echo’ and its right hand dudes the Bunnymen made their debut in their Liverpool stomping grounds on this day in 1978 at a dive called Eric’s Club. Pre-Pete […]

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

Pete Conrad’s iconic reflection shot through Alan Bean’s helmet on the Apollo 12 mission to the moon on November 19 of 1969; Photo: Pete Conrad/NASA A mere four months after the late Neil Armstrong and the […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ Drops; November 8, 1971

Opposite their first three albums, Led Zeppelin IV channelled a mad genius bit of occult that Robert Plant became increasingly infatuated with, released on this Fall day in 1971. Mostly by way of the refined […]

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

The cover of Ted Nugent’s ‘Cat Scratch Fever’; Photo: Epic 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 […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLIV

Swedish thrash metal vets Witchery carry on the All Hallows’ Eve vibe, Queen revive a News of the World gem for the album’s 40th anniversary with a cat-themed animation and a lost Freddie Mercury vocal take, […]

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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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Lyricapsule: The Rolling Stones Hit The Ed Sullivan Show; October 25, 1964

With the Stones‘ 50th anniversary gigs — 50 years, and counting! — behind them, let us roll back the clock just a smidgen less to 1964, opposite their first gig in 1962, at a moment in television […]

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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.