Actor/writer/director/musician/Oscar Winner David Byrne does not take kindly to politicians stealing his music for campaign usage, and when Florida politician Charlie Crist used the Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere” for a campaign spot, Byrne got litigious. The results are that Byrne was offered a video apology by Crist, and that apology is now public. Check it out…
Wow. It’s what’s called being owned, that. But Crist was in the wrong, and Byrne was in the right, so this is what happens. The song closed out the album Little Creatures, and was a single for the band Talking Heads. The implications of a “Road to Nowhere” had to be catnip for politicians, espeically with “Bridge to Nowhere” having been a campaign issue in 2008, but this sends out a clear signal that this song is off limits.
It wouldn’t be fair to talk about the song “Road to Nowhere” without including it also, though with Talking Heads, their entire catalog is pretty great. If you’ve never listened to a Talking Heads album, let me recommend More Songs about Buildings and Food and Remain in Light. Here’s the video for Road to Nowhere:
How embarrassing was that for Crist?