This is M.I.A.'s performance from David Letterman last night to support her new album, /\/\ /\ Y /\. Definitely one of the more unusual performances that show has ever seen outside of Stupid Pet Tricks, I'm sure. M.I.A. (or Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) seems angry to me in this video. Or out to prove something. Perhaps she's still upset about the article that Lynn Hirschberg wrote about her for New York Times Magazine. Hirschberg wrote that M.I.A. supports Tamil Tiger seperatists in her home country of Sri Lanka, who are the ones actually committing genocide. Hirschberg also questions the earnestness of M.I.A.'s concern for Third World issues when, during the interview, she's eating truffle-flavored fries in a posh cafe, less than a few miles from her Billion-Dollar Beverly Hills home. Hirschberg seems to present the question: "Does M.I.A. REALLY know what time it is, or is she just trying to sell us a watch?"
Who cares? I love this performance. The song is "Born Free" and it's sampled from a Suicide song called "Ghost Rider." Suicide are credited as being the first ever synth-punk band, coming from the same New York musical era and scene as The New York Dolls. In fact, that's actually Martin Rev - the keyboardist for Suicide - in this clip: