Here we have a classic video of a classic perfomance of a classic rock song: Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

As a teenager, I was once in a terrible rock band (we broke up when our rented strobe light was stolen after a sock hop performance) that played in a terrible Battle of the Bands at South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia. As I recall, nearly every act peformed this song (except for the winner, who sensibly stayed with James Brown music). It was that iconic at the time. If you remember it, enjoy. If you don’t, just marvel in appreciation or horror.

UPDATE: By popular demand (well, one commenter), I’ll reveal the name of the band I was in during high school: Anthem for Doomed Youth (taken from the title of one of Wilfred Owen’s World War I poems; not my idea, but that of the drummer, who was supplying half our equipment). Yeah, I know it’s bad, but entirely in line with the times. It’s certainly not as bad as calling yourself “The Electric Prunes” and then striving to be taken seriously for recording a Mass in F Minor.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.