Determined as I was to honor the Ramones yesterday, I didn’t remember it was Bastille Day. So a day late, let’s honor French rock ‘n’ roll, such as it is.

Here’s the pioneering artists, Les Chaussettes Noire, performing “Be Bop a Lula” in 1961. C’est formidable!

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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.