Posted in TV | music on July 14, 2010

MIAs

Video from last night's episode of Letterman below...

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M.I.A. & Martin Rev- Born Free

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Comments (53)

Whatever it takes to distract from the actual music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:07 AM

This was always my favorite "Where's Waldo?" scene.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:08 AM

Her 15 minutes isn't up yet?

I'm betting HARD NYC will be cancelled!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:11 AM

where would she be without these samples? Surely Vega/Rev are getting some cash from this fiasco.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:20 AM

agreed. the only thing compelling is the sample

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:24 AM

But which is the real M.I.A. ?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:32 AM

The Official Hipster Stamp of Approval has been removed and replaced with The Official Hipster Backlash.

What a fucking joke. Not her, you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:35 AM

BrooklynVegan - You should consider getting rid of the comments section. It's played out and such a drag to read.

Posted by YoYoYo | July 14, 2010 10:35 AM

Being John MEHlkovich

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:35 AM

Pitchfork posted this today with words that said M.I.A. is genius.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:37 AM

MehIA

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:38 AM

visually, ti s fun to watch but the song really is garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:39 AM

who let the guy from journey play keys?

Posted by d | July 14, 2010 10:40 AM

oh my bad, it's the dude from suicide.

-10 hipster points.

Posted by d | July 14, 2010 10:43 AM


Thats Martin Rev right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:43 AM

Totally agree with you Anonymous 10:35 AM. (hipster backlash)

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:50 AM

get your apostrophe's right here

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:55 AM

fuck you 10:43.

nothing "hipster" about Martin Rev - accept for the nozzles who like to namedrop listening to Suicide but don't know what the guy actually looks like....

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 10:57 AM

pretty revolutionary of her to marry edgar bronfman's son...hardcore!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:01 AM

"who let the guy from journey play keys?"

OMG, YOU F--KING NITWIT!!!!!!!!!! Here is the epitome of music knowledge held by 99% of BV commenters!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:06 AM

this is horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:06 AM

will the real MIA please stand up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:12 AM

nitrous mafia!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:46 AM

10:35 - if it's such a drag to read, why are you reading it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:47 AM

I preferred The Steel Train performance on Letterman on Monday the 12th of their song 'Bullet'.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 12:02 PM

Who is her drummer?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 12:03 PM

That shows hows stupid and unrealistic Pitchforks sense of music and culture is.
Song is horrible.
Is Marin Rev just hard up for money or something???
Anything to distract from the actual music is right...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 12:57 PM

No, she's just in bed with Pitchfork. They've been promoting the shit out of her for the last what, 6 months? They're not going to shit on her at this point.

Posted by Joakim | July 14, 2010 1:05 PM

wow she's so keepin it real. Nobody is more street than her!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 1:05 PM

Double skinny latte REVOLUTION!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 1:32 PM

best performance on Letterman in a long time.

That was great.

Posted by bbb | July 14, 2010 1:44 PM

I don't care what country or culture you are from, socks and sandals are hideous.

Posted by LKJ | July 14, 2010 1:48 PM

As a few people said, "agreed. the only thing compelling is the sample"

Yes, and this is true of Paper Planes, too.

I can't help but believe that Joe Strummer would be very angry knowing a Clash tune was used for this doofus's music. And then she got famous on the back of it.

Posted by LKJ | July 14, 2010 1:50 PM

...and lest we forget, ripped off Wreckx-n-Effect's Rumpshaker:

"All I wanna do is a boom-boom-boom and a zoom-zoom..."

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:01 PM

i love rockin' socks and sandles. i invented it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:03 PM

Love letterman's reaction to this. He's just baffled by the theatrics of it all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:13 PM

That shows hows stupid and unrealistic Pitchforks sense of music and culture is.
Song is horrible.
Is Marin Rev just hard up for money or something???
Anything to distract from the actual music is right...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:13 PM

this vid rules. you really hate MIA for some reason brooklyn vegan guy. maybe post another stupid thing about Wavves

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:30 PM

that was boorrrrrrrrrrring

Posted by p | July 14, 2010 2:52 PM

I have lost a serious amount of respect for Martin rev
to work with MIA.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 3:13 PM

3:13 It is pretty lame.

Posted by LKJ | July 14, 2010 3:23 PM

I could only bear to watch with the sound off, and even then lasted only 49 seconds.

Posted by LKJ | July 14, 2010 3:24 PM

i don't get it, why the backlash? how is this shitty gimmick song any worse than all her previous shitty gimmick songs? did people expect her to get talented and learn piano for this new album or something? how did you not see this coming? i mean, she's always been this bad, why are people suprised about it now? is tearing down MIA, the new over-hyping MIA or something? shame on you fickle fans for a.) forcing her down my throat for years and then b.) changing your minds about the whole thing and bailing without ever owning up the mess you made.

Posted by Paul Schaffer and the Band | July 14, 2010 3:31 PM

MIA only ever had a few alright songs anyways. this just adds to her list of shit. I never understood the hype

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 3:32 PM

mia only had hype from slumdog and that died when it hit hbo.

the single sounds like happy hardcore shit with a political agenda I dont care about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 3:59 PM

"Love letterman's reaction to this. He's just baffled by the theatrics of it all."

what theatrics? It's a bunch of ugly women who look stupid.
he's baffled because his ears just got raped by this bullshit. I dont know how you make it through a minute without cringing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:08 PM

wow. i couldn't even make it through that clip.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:11 PM

3:31, I've hated her from the get-go, let there be no mistake.

Posted by LKJ | July 14, 2010 4:32 PM

that's the "clean" version of the Eminem song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:42 PM

John Barry and Matt Monro would be rolling over in their graves if they heard this shite. Makes you wish Elsa the lioness would appear and devour her latte-swelled arse.

Posted by smack | July 14, 2010 5:07 PM

That performance was really loud.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 7:22 PM

i admire MIA for pushing the musical envelope and taking chances. This song is among her best.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 7:38 PM

7.22 it's okay grandma/grandpa. Remember when I showed you the volume control on your computer like the on on your TV?

Posted by sonny jim | July 14, 2010 8:33 PM

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