Lyricapsule: Thich Quang Duc’s Immolation; June 11, 1963

Rock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being part of the former. But most can agree that the two can […]

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Lyricapsule: Joe Walsh Reflects – ‘Life’s Been Good’; June 10, 1978

Post-Bernie Leadon Eagle‘s pinch hitter, Joe Walsh, mounted his run for the best rock punchline of the 70s on this day in 1978, when his mock-ballad jam, “Life’s Been Good,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 […]

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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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Lyricapsule: Joan of Arc is Burned at the Stake; May 30, 1431

Citing the voice of God as incentive to lead the French to victory over the English during the Hundred Years War, a 19-years-young Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy on this […]

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Lyricapsule: Percy Sledge Takes ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ to No. 1; May 28, 1966

Recorded a month and some change prior without a lyric game plan, previously unknown Alabama hospital orderly, Percy Sledge, started a two-week Billboard No. 1 run on this day in 1966 with “When a Man […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Drop ‘Pet Sounds’; May 16, 1966

One of the defining albums of the progression of rock, The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds dropped today in 1966, all at once signifying mastermind Brian Wilson’s decent into his own mind hell whilst raising the orchestral bar for […]

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Lyricapsule: Lewis & Clark Head West; May 14, 1804

Lewis & Clark took off from St. Louis on this day in 1804, embarking on the head-west journey of all journeys west to study, catalogue and map unknown ‘murrica. ‘Dudes put the Rocky Mountains on […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan Creates the Lyric Video; May 8, 1965

Written on shirt cardboards from a laundromat, wily Dylan, in his “give the anarchist a cigarette” Bringing It All Back Home prime, flipped a stack full of lyric cue cards for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for […]

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Pearls Before Swine Drop Morse Code F-Bombs; May 7, 1967

Part of that wonderfully dark corner of the 60s folk movement that wasn’t afraid to mess with society’s flower-power whoring of the genre, Floridian college drop-out Tom Rapp and his marry band of iconoclasts, Pearls […]

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