Let it be understood that Talking Heads’ 1985 classic tune “Road to Nowhere” was not intended for use in political campaigns. Embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist found this out the hard way after setting a campaign ad to the song without singer/composer David Byrne’s permission — which he clearly wouldn’t have gotten anyway — and subsequently facing a $1 million lawsuit, which led to Crist’s wise choice to pull the ad off the air. Silver fox smackdown! –KA

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The rocker wrote on his Web site: “If Crist and his campaign folks had asked to use the song, I would have said no — even if they had offered a lot of money, such as I have been offered in the past for ad use (though I’ve always turned these offers down) … So, my lawyers and I have filed a lawsuit — and we also hope the Republicans might not engage (again) in this kind of illegal behavior in the future.”

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