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Hunter Thompson elaborates about Jimmy Carter on David Letterman

… Hunter S. Thompson elaborates on Carter, his famous speech and his alleged mean streak that put him on the same plane as Muhammad Ali and Sonny Barger (the godfather of The Hells Angels).

Tom Waits on David Letterman, Dec. 21, 1983

Tom Waits – Letterman 12-21-83 (via Open Culture)

Waits has made something of a tradition of visiting Letterman’s show, or maybe Letterman has made a tradition of inviting him. Music journalists often slap the word “reclusive” in front of his name, but Waits does make his media appearances, the best of which he makes on Letterman’s show. You’ll find many such segments on Youtube, including ones from 1983,19861987198820022004, and this year. In 1986, Letterman introduced Waits as “probably the only guest we’ve had on this program who was born in the back of a taxi,” which I assume still holds true. Just above, we’ve embedded his 1983 Christmastime sit-down, which Waits’ fans seem to regard with special fondness, and in which Letterman first learns this choice fact. Beyond that, Waits sings two songs and discusses his various unorthodox residences (motel, trailer, car), the use of brake drums as percussive drums on his then-latest album, and how he intervened when a schoolboy was suspended for bringing one of Waits’ records to show-and-tell. In Waits, we have the prime living exemplar of a certain particularly American style of performing and songwriting, and in Letterman, we have the prime living exemplar of a certain particularly American style of simultaneously silly and self-aware humor. What luck for the country that these two can get together as often as they do.

X Perform on David Letterman (circa 1983)

My note: Oh man this clip shows why Letterman is/was the best. He *actually* cared about the bands and let the bands actually play. This X album was a huge fave of mine (still is). They perform songs from the great album “More Fun in the New World” produced by Ray Manzarek (The Doors).  Must be from around 1983.

BTW, X reunited with original lineup to play at SXSW in 2014.

PS Saw X on 40th anniversary tour with original line-up in San Francisco in 2015.

Hunter S Thompson – Interview by Letterman (1987)

Hunter S Thompson – Interview by Letterman (1987)