George Bunnell, bass player, songwriter, and yes, historian of the ultimate SoCal psychedelic band of the Sixties, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, was born on this day in 1949. Here’s the Clock lip-synching their immortal hit, “Incense and Peppermints” in 1967. I’d have to guess this video was the model for the “Listen to the Flower People” video in This Is Spinal Tap.

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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.