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David Byrne Rapping Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” Is Unexpectedly Amazing, Just Like These 10 Other Bizarre Covers

Well, here’s something you don’t hear every day! Former Talking Heads front-man David Byrne attended a a concert and rally for Content Creators Coalition in New York City last night, where he performed an epic rendition of Biz Markie’s hip hop classic “Just A Friend.” Held at the legendary Greenwich Village venue Le Poisson Rouge, the show was sought to raise awareness for a proposed terrestrial radio performance royalty. The policy would allow not only composers but also the singers and performers to receive a royalty whenever their song is played on the radio.

It’s a good cause, and a surprisingly good cover -what else could you ask for! Sometimes the unexpected covers are the most satisfying. Head down below for 10 more creative re-imaginings of classic tunes!

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Watch These Thrones: The Best Collaboration Albums

As Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne tour kicks off this week, there’s really not all that much else to talk about. Between set lists, leather outfits, copious bling and “OMG WILL PREGONCÉ OR FRANK OCEAN OR BOTH MAKE AN APPEARANCE?”, it’s a truly immersive experience, permeating all facets of daily life and conversation. So while we wait very impatiently for our turn to Watch The Throne, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite collaboration albums of all-time.

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David Byrne Gets Charlie Crist Apology on Tape

Nearly a year after David Byrne filed a $1 million lawsuit against then-governor of Florida Charlie Crist for the politician’s unauthorized use of the 1985 Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere” in a primary campaign ad, the two parties have reached a settlement, and while its financial terms are confidential, one element is not – ??the apology video that Crist recorded (presumably as a term of the settlement, not, you know, for kicks).
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