Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Road to Nowhere, Indeed

Congratulations to the Talking Heads' David Byrne, who now joins Heart, the Foo Fighters, and Bruce Springsteen on the list of artists who got pissed when a Republican used their song without permission in their campaign.

The song that got former Republican and now independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist into trouble was "Road to Nowhere." Which inevitably leads to the question: what the ever-loving hell was he trying to do with that song? Imply that his candidacy was going nowhere? Disparage his own term as governor of Florida? Seriously, how on earth could you use that song in a campaign? At least with "Barracuda," "Times Like These," and "Born in the U.S.A" you could see the strategy behind using the song (even if the choice of "Born in the U.S.A." was jam-packed with unintentional comedy). I have no idea what Crist was going for here. Maybe our Florida correspondent can help us out.

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