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Video: David Byrne Covers Biz Markie

by Rob Slater on February 26, 2014

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne joined a star-studded lineup that featured R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Tift Merritt, Marc Ribot and Cake's John McCrea at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge. The group came together in support of Content Creators Coalition-NYC, a group petitioning Congress for pay-for-play radio royalties.

Byrne donned some overalls and performed Biz Markie's singalong classic "Just a Friend" to illustrate the mission of the Coalition. See, as Byrne points out, "Mr. Markie didn’t write that tune (although he did probably write the rap),” the singer posted in his e-newsletter. “The drum and keyboard loop was lifted from a Freddie Scott recording, but the song was written by Gamble and Huff, the great songwriting team that wrote for The O’Jays and The Spinners. So chances are Biz Markie didn’t see any royalties from all the radio play that song got.”

Watch the replay below complete with Byrne's overalls, old man reading glasses and a lyric sheet. Enjoy.

As with any David Byrne story, it should be noted that all of the Talking Heads members are still alive. And completely available to tour.....

Tags: biz markie, david byrne, just a friend


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