David Letterman’s Great Music (Already Updated!)


Sam Wilkinson

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Steve Martin & his banjo…Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    R.E.M.’s first national TV appearance ever, 1983; they briefly discuss Athens, and why their debut LP Murmur is cheaper than other bands’ records; “So. Central Rain” is so new it doesn’t yet have a name:

    Dinosaur Jr. (dig that longbox!)- the Letterman house guitarist takes the first “solo” (under the verse still); then J takes the second (I guess real “solo”) and just goes to TOWN.


    • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Glyph says:

      Wow look at how young Michael Stipe is!!! And he has hair!! I didn’t know about R.E.M. until Automatic for the People (I was 12 or 13 when Automatic for the People came out).

      X appeared on Letterman as well. I guess being on that late allowed for more freedom. Or maybe people were more experimental and liberal with what music got on TV and Radio in the 1980s.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    Also, I enjoyed this rundown of “unreleased” Letterman bits:


  4. I have no way of picking a favorite, but I love this clip of Lenny Kravitz jamming with Paul Schaffer and company playing “Always on the Run”.

  5. Avatar Will H. says:

    Letterman’s band was the band Ace Frehley used on his first solo album, minus Paul Schafer.
    I’d say it was pretty good without any keyboards.Report

  6. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    How about the time XTC came out of hibernation? Oh, what might have been!


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