Lyricapsule: World Aids Day; December 1, 1988

The very first of now eight global public campaigns created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of enemies against humanity we tend to forget, World AIDS Day launched on this day in 1988 as fear […]

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Lyricapsule: Van Morrison Drops ‘Astral Weeks’; November 29, 1968

Morrison‘s true solo album, released on this day in 1968, as 1967’s “Brown Eyed Girl“-opening pop rocket Blowin’ Your Mind was released without his consent, packaged with art and track arrangements he didn’t clear, Astral […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘As Time Goes By’ Debuts in ‘Casablanca’; November 26, 1942

Casablanca, one of the most infamous films of all time, if not the most, made its debut in NYC on this day 71 years ago, simultaneously debuting its pinnacle emotive moment when that hussy Illsa Lund […]

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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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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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Lyricapsule: Mississippi John Hurt Dies; November 2, 1966

We tend to think of blues as the driving Chicago modern electric woe, or the front-porch bar-chord chugalugs that are just as much gospel howl as world-done-me-wrong sing-alongs. Mississippi John Hurt, who passed away on this […]

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Lyricapsule: The Fugees Revive the Rumble in the Jungle; October 30, 1974

Though English soul-stomper Johnny Wakelin was first to the songwriting homage prize with “In Zaire,” [LISTEN] Muhammad Ali’s infamous bout against the then undefeated heavyweight champ of the world, George Foreman, dubbed on this day in 1974 […]

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Lyricapsule: Norwegian A-Ha Conquers American Charts; October 19, 1985

Though remembered more for its genius live-action-meets-pencil sketch MTV treatment via animator Michael Patterson and director Steve Barron, that took some odd 16 weeks to complete — see below — this synth-pop gem from A-Ha, […]

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