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M.I.A. storms Letterman, Rev not impressed

M.I.A. has been taking a bit of a hit lately -- new album /\/\/\Y/\ was released to mixed reviews (hey, we dig it) and her performance at this weekend's HARD dance party in Los Angeles was cancelled, allegedly over poor ticket sales. (It will go on next month without her.)

But that didn't stop Miss Arulpragasam from hitting Letterman last night, talking nine Tatooine-hipster clones and Suicide's Martin Rev --  but no gingers -- to the Late Show to sing/yell her latest single "Born Free." Of course, the joint borrows samples from Suicide's 1977 track "Ghost Rider," so it was pretty cool seeing the seasoned Rev up there straight-up destroying some synths.

It might have been the most riveting thing on television since Brian McCann's bases-clearing double moments earlier during the MLB All Star Game, but clearly the best part was Rev dissing Letterman during the traditional post-performance circle-jerk handshake. Rev even turned his back again, moments later, when a front-and-center Letterman looked back and waived to the band.  

But fear not, the host still got game. His "Happy Halloween" post-performance quip directed at the clones was classic Letterman.

 

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