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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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Lyricapsule: The BBC Bans Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’; October 10, 1962

Though the official date roams, today circa 1962 is considered the day the BBC decided Bobby “Boris” Pickett‘s brilliant Halloween gem “Monster Mash” would not receive play on UK airwaves, released just that previous August, […]

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Lyricapsule: Janis Joplin Dies; October 4, 1970

What a shame it is to remember that the legendary “Queen of Psychedelic Soul,” Janis Joplin, was a mere 27-years-young when the music Gods took her from us on this day in 1970. So the […]

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Lyricapsule: Aerosmith Bail Out 53 Pot-Busted Fans After Gig; October 3, 1978

Slater smokes a doobie in the opening scene of ‘Dazed and Confused’; Photo: Alphaville/YouTube Somewhere during the set of Aerosmith‘s Fort Wayne, Indiana stop along their Live Bootleg! Tour on this day in 1978, a gang of […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Hit The ‘Ed Sullivan Show’; September 27, 1964

Photo: The Ed Sullivan Show/CBS Jealousy just west coast-sparkling over the fact that they were “getting eclipsed by a group called The Beatles from London” earlier in the year, The Beach Boys flexed their American […]

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Lyricapsule: Bessie Smith Dies; September 26, 1937

Pioneering women’s path to the blues spotlight, vocalist Bessie Smith‘s life was cut short at the top of her game on this day in 1937, the victim of a car crash and a contentious white […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Shakur Dies; September 13, 1996

There are those that profess his existence. There are those that resurrect him via voodoo hologram tricks. And there is the Pac, rhymes echoing for eternity since the anniversary of his death on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: Johnny Cash Leaves Us; September 12, 2003

Photo: N/A We lost “The Man in Black” on this day in 2003 at 71-years-young. Though Johnny Cash‘s mark on American music is immortal, as the grandfather of country goth, his weary baritone packed so […]

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Lyricapsule: Same Cooke drops ‘You Send Me’; September 7, 1957

Photo: BC Photo Archives/Getty Images Soul the genre still but a faint blip on America’s post-war rock radar, Sam Cooke came finger-snapping in on this day in 1957 and dropped a crossover bomb on the R&B […]

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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. The Detroit suburbs […]

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