Posted: 22 May, 2015
Relive the amazing Aussie rockers who graced the Letterman stage over the years
(Screenshot from youtube)
After 22 years, The Late Show with David Letterman has finally come to an end with the gauntlet being passed on to Stephen Colbert to reign in a new late night age.
But with so many years of love, life and laughter from the legendary host we thought it appropriate - nay, NECESSARY - to relish in the years of live music featured on the show. More specifically, all of the awesome Aussie acts that dominated the stage and showed those yanks what rock'n'roll really is!
Take a look at our Top 10 list of the most memorable Aussie music acts to grace the late night stage in honour of the great David Letterman.
Triple M's Top 10 Most Memorable Aussie Music Acts on Letterman
1. Silverchair - "Abuse Me" - (1997)
The boys from Silverchair made a few appearences on Letterman over the years. But this one in 1997 to promote their second album 'Freak Show', when Silverchair has pretty securely dominated the US, is really special. The boys are just so young! And Johns still has that fresh angst and endearing rock-innocence that made early Silverchair so bloody great.
2. INXS & Ray Charles - "Please" - (October 1993)
Now *this* is a highlight in music history. INXS and Ray Charles ended up on stage together while INXS were promoting their 9th studio album 'Full Moon, Dirty Hearts' - and let it be said, Hutchence and Charles are at their impossible best! The energy is electric, and you can just see the two feeding off each others vibes. Brilliant!
3. The Living End - "Roll On" - (2000)
The Melbourne boys didn't find themself with a chart topping LP, but they sure as hell rolled out the big guns for their stint on Letterman. And hey, you ride a double bass on international TV, you get some serious life goal points.
4. Midnight Oil - "Outbreak of Love" - (1993)
The night the US was introduced to Peter Garrett...and those dance moves. But Letterman's "favourite Aussie band" sure do kill it (as per usual)!
5. Wolfmother - "Woman" - (2006)
If you can get past Andrew Stockdale's annoying temperament, Wolfmother is one rocking gig. So much so that the boys were featured on Letterman numerous times, playing to a frothing audience and all. In this 2006 clip we see the original lineup for Wolfmother crank out their hit 'Woman' to promote their debut self titled album.
6. Powderfinger - "My Happiness" - (2001)
Powderfinger is one of Australia's most acclaimed bands - but Dave and Paul seem more fascinated with the fact that there's an Australian Rolling Stone...hmmm. Still, the boys resulting show is a banger, and sure does give the finger to anything but some serious recognition of rock skills.
7. Crowded House - "Chocolate Cake" - (1991)
Okay, okay, okay - they're technically not Australian. But there's only one place those hip-thrusts can come from...and that's DOWN UNDER.
Check out Crowded House's 3rd spot on the Late Show. Clearly ol' Dave can't get enough!
8. The Vines - "Get Free" - (2002)
OK. This just could not be considered anything vaguely musically brillaint, but lead singer Craig Nicholls certainly brings the show to life as it remains one of the most talked about Late Show's ever produced. A clearly intoxicated Nicholls melts down into a fit of screams and drops to the floor to writhe and wriggle us into nonsense halfway through the show. Still, a rather entertaining cringe nonetheless.
9. The Baby Animals - "Painless" - (1992)
While on tour with Van Halen, The Baby Animals (lead by a banging Suze Demarchi) took to the Late Show stage. We still don't know what Letterman whispered to Suze at the end...but I bet we could have a guess.
10. Jet - "She's A Genius" - (2009)
Promoting their album Shaka Rock the boys hit up Letterman for the 2nd time.