Van Morrison is 70 today. Here he is 50 years ago with the Belfast-based group Them performing their much-covered song “Gloria.” I even used to sing this in my own terrible little garage band, Anthem for Doomed Youth.

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UPDATE: Note to MuddyLee: I think United Mind Workers is a much better name than Anthem for Doomed Youth. Our name, borrowed from one of those British World War I poems, was chosen by the kid who owned most of the equipment. And in the end, equipment was our downfall: we broke up after our rented strobe light got stolen.

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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.