KSDK – David Bryne's cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" has got exactly what we need.
If you've ever wondered what a Talking Heads take on the 1989 classic would sound like, watch the video below. So far, the sentiment about the performance has been positive – David Bryne is trending on Facebook and Google.
Bryne covered the song Tuesday night at a concert and rally aimed at raising awareness and support for radio performance royalty. In the U.S., only song composers get radio royalties, not the performers.
Artists at the event covered songs that were popularized by artists who were not the writers, and who thus weren't compensated when their songs received massive airplay. For instance, since Whitney Houston didn't write "I Will Always Love You," she never saw any money when it invaded the radio.
As for "Just a Friend?" Here's Bryne's explanation for why Biz Markie didn't get due compensation for what's (probably) the only Biz Markie song you've heard:
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 song got.