Declan McManus, a.k.a. Elvis Costello, is 61 today. Here he is with the Attractions performing his first big hit, “Alison.” It can take you right back to 1977.

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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.