Over the weekend Michael Stipe celebrated his 55th birthday. Here’s R.E.M. with their first TV appearance, on Letterman, performing “Radio Free Europe,” in 1983.

Ed Kilgore

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.