Some random cerebral impulse this morning reminded me of the D.C.-based blues band The Nighthawks, who were a very big deal in the club scene back in the day. So here they are with a sizzling version of “Sixteen Tons” (which has always been a sort of alternative national anthem in my mind) performed in 1984.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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