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Five questions we're asking ourselves after seeing M.I.A. storm late night television

By Chris Richards

If you missed M.I.A.'s incredible performance of "Born Free" on Letterman last night, give thanks for the miracle of YouTube and watch it above. It features a crew of M.I.A. lookalikes and some righteous keyboard slashing from Suicide's Martin Rev.

After the acute disappointment that is M.I.A.'s new album, our sunken hearts are beating back to life and our boggled minds are reeling with questions. Such as...

1. What does Paul Shaffer think of Rev's infamous play-with-the-back-of-the-wrists-and-elbows technique?

2. We were hoping for Sepultura's Igor Cavalera, but who was that drummer in the funny hat?

3. In the casting call for M.I.A. doppelgangers, did it mention that candidates should also be able to dance awkwardly?

4. Will Dave's "Happy Halloween!" quip after the performance actually inspire packs of young women to attend October parties dressed as M.I.A. clone gangs?

5. If this song sounds ten-gazillion times better on live television than it does on "/\/\/\Y/\," can we assume that M.I.A.'s upcoming tour dates are going to be her best yet?

By Chris Richards  |  July 14, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: M.I.A., Suicide  
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