Skip to comments.David Byrne Sues Florida Gov. Charlie Crist For $1 Million
Posted on 05/24/2010 7:04:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
David Byrne is suing the governor of Florida, alleging that he used the Talking Heads' 1985 single "Road to Nowhere" without permission or proper licenses.
Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages from Gov. Charlie Crist, who's also Florida's former Attorney General, and his senatorial campaign for use of the song earlier this year in a website and YouTube ad attacking his then-Republican primary opponent, Marco Rubio. Crist has since changed his campaign and is running as an independent candidate.
The suit (Case Number 8:10-CV1187-T26 (MAP)) was filed early Monday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.
Byrne tells Billboard.com that he became aware of the Crist ad from a friend in New York, where the Talking Heads co-founder resides. "I was pretty upset by that," says Byrne, who had Warner Bros. Records contact the Crist campaign, which subsequently stopped using the ad. But, Byrne contends, "in my opinion the damage had already been done by it being out there. People that I knew had seen (the ad), so it had gotten around. The suit, he adds, "is not about politics...It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for."
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Byne’s a commie, but I loved Talking Heads.
” Bynes a commie, but I loved Talking Heads.”
Yeah he is, but what a “ useful idiot” he is!
Ironic that Crist would choose the song “Road to Nowhere”...
“Stop Making Sense” top 50 album of all time..
Yep. David Byrne made it cool to be a nerd.
If at a rally, its usually covered by a rights management group. But if Crist used it in an ad, he's in deep doo doo.
You may ask yourself, where is my beautiful wife?
Just rewards for ole Chollie!
While an ASCAP or similar license should allow for candidates to come out to music at an in person venue... the former AG for Florida should know that you can’t just build an attack ad around the property of a songwriter with a copyright.
I hope Charlie gets to pay dearly.
I’ve been asking myself that question for about 10 years now, lol....
Crocodile tears are flowing from me with wanton abandon ;-)
What’s the name of the track that has ‘here we go again’ ‘who knows what she’s thinking’ and ‘who knows what I’m thinking’?
Has a great horn section.
I knew someone who had helped run clubs in the punk/New Wave scene in ‘70’s NYC.
He insisted that all of those bands put on heavy schtick with their gimmicks ... EXCEPT for the Talking Heads, who actually took themselves seriously.
Of course, that same fellow was sure that Debbie Harry wasn’t going to see her 35th birthday due to her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, and she pulled through.
...Well,,, ya got half of it right, the right half, love their music. The fact that “Bynes”,,, try Byrne’s politics may be radical liberal socialist commie pinko drivel, try to separate the issues. Find some common ground, like music, and then DEBATE THE FOOKIN DIFFERENCES!!!
“David Byrne Sues Florida Gov. Charlie Crist For $1 Million”
More Suits about Buildings and Food.
In Crist’s case, it should be, ‘And you may ask yourself, my God, how did I get here?’
Possibly the worst dancer in the history of RNR!!
Good writer and performer, though.
And you might ask yoursel
“Where is my beautiful house?”
And you may ask yourself
“ Where is my savings account? “
And you may ask yourself
“ My God! What have I done? “
I like him because he produced the b-52s album, Mesopotamia. It has a definite Heads feel to it.
And you may ask yourself
'Where is my tanning bed?'
I LOVE that track! Thank you very much! I never knew what the hell to search for on youtube for that song.
Thank you again.
Talking Heads, Road to Nowhere:
He should have used a Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music) song.
Bryan Ferry, believe it or not, is pretty conservative.
“And you may ask yourself
‘Where is my tanning bed?’ “
I think maybe it went the way of the house ;-)
Crist should have used “Burning Down The House”...he’s quite the flamer you know.
Great band, and musician.
“He should have used a Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music) song.”
This one might have been apropos.
QueerCrist aside, a primo, relentless moving bass line:
It was quite a pity that New Wave music self-destructed. It seemed to have a lot more potential, opening a whole bunch of avenues, most of which mysteriously turned into dead ends.
A lot of it came to the fore hand in hand with MTV, music that would never have seen the light of day otherwise, and a TV channel that needed constant new content, both visually and musically interesting.
Unlike Punk, New Wave had to be pop, which kept it commercially grounded and viable. Plus the visual angle of a video artist made it special.
It is understandable why the Talking Heads split up, though. While that much creativity resulted in some groundbreaking concepts, the instability and ego of especially Byrne could not work and play well with others for very long.
Well Charlie, this ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco...
This other article (I was going to post until I found this thread already on FR) still calls Crist a Republican even though they acknowlege he’s an INDEPENDENT.
New wave broke through in America because of MTV but it was already underway in England without it.
It was the second british invasion of rock and roll.
Movie poster tagline: ""Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit?"
That is a GREAT album!! +11
Years ago David Byrne made a Latin album. Coming off the Talking Heads he was able to get the best NY Latin musicians to play on it. To function as his session musicians following his lead.
A few months after it came out I read an interview by a Latino guy who worked on it. His words were roughly “We Latino guys couldn’t stand working for that effete skinny faggot but the money was too good to turn down. We were relived when it was finished”
I like it more as the years go by. I have the original LP somewhere also.
“is not about politics...It’s about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for.”
STFU Art boY
LoL! Very Witty!
Remain in Court.
My Freshman religion teacher looked like David Byrne, and would often quote him.
And you may ask yourself, why do my cds all end up in the bargain bin?
Rap killed the other music genres on MTV in the late 80’s-early 90’s.
Some knuckleheads complained that MTV wasn’t playing enough black music, and you know very well just how potent the race card is. MTV caved.
I used to love watching MTV in its early days, but when they switched the majority of their videos to rap, that was the end for me.
While rap was a dead end street, it had something that the rest of pop music lacked—no association with the big record labels.
One of the worst ideas of the suicidally bad ideas produced by the RIAA was that MTV should pay huge royalties for the privilege of showing music videos that were commercials for the RIAA.
This fits right in with the RIAA business paradigm that the record companies should get all the money from music, at zero cost to them. None for the artists, none for the print media, TV or radio stations. The RIAA wants every dime.
For years they had included a contract clause in music contracts that the composers and artists were nothing more than “fee for hire”, so deserved no royalties of any kind. Essentially minimum wage slobs. But they had not enforced that clause. So they got congress to pass a special bill to insure that no artist had any claim to anything, that the record company didn’t freely give them. That the clause was still good.
Now they are pushing congress to pass a law that radio stations can’t air their music without paying huge royalties as well. On top of that, that anyone airing music, even public domain music, should be assumed to be airing copyrighted music, and have to pay royalties for it, unless they could prove that the music was public domain after the fact.
They also want to overturn the old ruling that cassette and VHS recording of copyright material for personal use should be legal. That all music is essentially their property.
Holy heck. I don’t think that even demons in Hell could be that insanely greedy.