Good List: 10 Memorable Musical Performances from Letterman

When David Letterman got rolling, his show was one of the few places outside of Saturday Night Live where you had a chance to see a cool band perform live on TV.  

The frustrating thing, though, is that outside of a couple of CDs that were released years ago, it’s very hard to come by some of these performances legally.  But that’s why we have the Internet, isn’t it?

Mental Floss has collected together 11 Letterman performances, including this one from October 6, 1983. Yes, kids, Michael Stipe used to have a lot of hair.  And Mike Mills was a baby!

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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