van morrison: the angry young them!

she\’s \’bout 5\’4\”… from her head to the ground.

One of the greatest defining rock n\’ roll moments outside of the U.S. was from this young Belfast group, looking over the water not east to The Rolling Stones or The Beatles, but west across the Atlantic Ocean separating one small island from an entire continent.

When George Ivan Morrison first visited the States in 1966 – supporting The Doors for a three-week-long residency at the Whisky-a-Go-Go – his namesake, Jim reflected over a drink or two that the two in fact might be blood related.

When Syd Barrett was dethroned in London, ex window cleaner Van remarked to Peter Jenner and a worried Roger Waters that the coup would pose no danger whatsoever to the Floyd\’s commercial viability, since all the teeny boppers who purchased their records no doubt thought Pink Floyd was the group\’s lead singer anyway.

This phenomenal 45 can still be found on many pub jukeboxes throughout Glasgow, partly owing to Morrison\’s Ulster Scots heritage. Put it on for a spin, and you automatically glance back over your shoulder half-expecting to witness an invasion of suited and booted young men wielding open razors and claw hammers.

Primal hormone therapy.

THEM: GLORIA* from \”Gloria b/w Baby, Please Don\’t Go\” 45 (Decca) 1964 (UK) ANGRY YOUNG THEM

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