So for a variety of reasons, I have been listening -- obsessively of late -- to one of the great unheralded albums of our lifetime.
Del Shannon's posthumous -- produced by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne -- 1991 masterpiece Rock On.
Here's my critique of it from the Magazine Formerly Known as STEREO REVIEW.
In any event, I posted that on Facebook the other day and a friend sent me the link to this clip of Shannon on the Letterman show in 1987.
I think any objective person would have to concede that's one of the greatest rock-and-roll performances in the history of the music.
I mean seriously -- when Shannon did that, he had already performed "Runaway" more times than Judy Garland had done "Over the Rainbow," and yet he's absolutely not phoning it in.
Words fail me.
[h/t Trademark Dave]