From NBC’s Lauren Selsky
Former Florida Governor and failed United States Senate candidate Charlie Crist released a video yesterday apologizing for his use of the 1985 Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in a 2010 campaign YouTube ad.
In the apology video, Crist says to camera, "The use of David Byrne's song, and his voice in my campaign advertisement without his permission was wrong and should not have occurred." Crist also acknowledges "Mr. Byrne has never permitted his songs to be used for advertisement of any kind."
As Time's Swampland blog points out, Byrne is just one of many rockstars who've asked Republican politicians to stop using their music during campaigns, accusing them of distorting their song's messages.
Here’s all of what Crist says in the video:
"Hi I'm Charlie Crist. During 2012 I ran for a seat in the United State Senate. During that campaign, a video advertisement utilized a song made famous by David Byrne and the Talking Heads called Road to Nowhere. The advertisement was posted on my campaign website, on YouTube, and sent out via email. Regrettably, the campaign did not ask permission to obtain a license from Mr. Byrne to use Road to Nowhere in the advertisement. In fact, Mr. Byrne has never permitted his songs to be used for advertisement of any kind - a position I respect deeply. The use of David Byrne's song, and his voice in my campaign advertisement without his permission was wrong and should not have occurred. I do not support, nor do I condone any actions taken by anyone involved in a senate campaign that were inconsistent with David Byrne's rights or with any other artist's rights or the various legal protections afforded to intellectual property I sincerely apologize to David Byrne for using his famous song and his unique voice in my campaign advertisement without his permission. I pledge that should there be any future election campaigns for me, I will respect and uphold the rights of artists and obtain permission or a license for the use of any copyrighted work. Thank you."