David Byrne Sues Charlie Crist for $1M Over Song Use

Use of Talking Heads song 'Road to Nowhere' at issue
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 6:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – David Byrne has sued Charlie Crist for $1 million, saying the Florida governor used the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in an ad without permission. Crist, who was then running in the Republican Senate primary, used the song in an attack ad targeting Marco Rubio. "I was pretty upset by that," Byrne tells Billboard.

Crist is hardly the first politician to run afoul of a musician, and he has a ways to go before he matches John McCain, who in the course of his 2008 presidential campaign managed to cross the Foo Fighters, Chuck Berry, and most notably Jackson Browne, who sued. Says Byrne's lawyer: "I was fairly astonished that this soon after the settlement of Browne vs. McCain, yet another politician with national aspirations is doing this again."

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