Thursday, February 27, 2014
David Byrne Covers Biz Markie To Make A Point
Arguments about copyright law don't get much more life-affirming than this. Earlier this week, David Byrne (joined by Tift Merritt and Marilyn Carino) announced in his email newsletter that he'd be performing Biz Markie's enduring, endearing novelty hit "Just A Friend" in an event at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on February 25, 2014. And that's exactly what he did at the rally for the Content Creators Coalition, a new advocacy group. And, as you can see from the fan video above, it was oddly sublime.
The Talking Heads leader's jubilant cover came at a show called Artists' Pay for Radio Play, where the Content Creators Coalition was calling attention to the fact that the United States is a rare place where performers don't get royalties for radio airplay.
The Content Creators Coalition's concerns are ultimately far broader than radio royalties. But they've begun by urging Congress to review the current radio airplay royalty system, and you can sign their petition HERE