As if we didn't already realize how cool David Byrne is, he
it to a new level last night at a concert for Content Creators Coalition-NYC at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge. Byrne,
wearing overalls, led a cover of Biz Markie's beloved 1989 hit "Just A Friend."
Byrne was part of a all-star lineup that also included John McCrea, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills,
Tift Merritt and Marc Ribot to raise awareness of their plight to petition congress for
pay-for-play radio royalties for artists. According to Consequence of Sound, Byrne explained the cover choice in his
e-newsletter, "Mr. Markie didn’t write that tune (although he did probably write the rap).
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
Watch how Byrne's version of "Just A Friend" went down:
[via Consequence of Sound]
[Published on: 2/26/14]