The latest FIFA football rankings are out, and a scrappy Northern Ireland side has risen four places to 32nd in the world. That’s three spots ahead of the Republic of Ireland, and clearly this week, Northern Irish eyes are smiling. And pointing and laughing at the Irish, I’m sure.
As someone whose borderline obsessed with the other football these days, that seemed like an interesting story to me. And as someone whose borderline obsessed with music, that interesting story made me think of Van Morrison, though I have no way of being sure he actually gives a shit about the national team, nor for that matter the rankings of the world’s other national teams.
But now I’m stuck with Van the Man on the brain, so let’s turn to London’s Rainbow Theatre on the evening of July 24, 1973. Morrison and a sizeable band tore up the stage that night, and now it’s up on The YouTube for all the world to drool. And, hey, if you like what you see, you can always download it from The Trader’s Den. Enjoy the awesome airkicks, a CaraVan staple.