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Baker's Dozen

Genius Of Lovers: Tom Tom Club's Favourite Albums
Paul Smith , February 19th, 2013 07:11

The former Talking Heads and husband and wife duo Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth whittle their record collection down to 13 all-time favourites

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There were no marital disputes when Tom Tom Club set about compiling their favourite 13 albums, says Tina Weymouth. “I just let Chris control it and then there’s no disagreement!”

In fact it was Tina who drew up the initial list, which Chris Frantz later revised, aided by their vinyl library. From their Fairfield, Connecticut abode-cum-studio, even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t disturb the husband and wife’s music flow. “We put in a generator, which only powers the music room and our kitchen, but you can see where the priorities lie,” says Chris.

Tom Tom Club are set to release Downtown Rockers, their first EP in a decade, on March 18 via Edel. The title track finds them in a reflective mood, name-checking Debbie, Patti, Lou and their mates from CBGB. They’ll return to the UK in June to play the Deerhunter-curated ATP in Camber Sands.

From garage rock to dub, these albums chart a career that began in art school, where they met David Byrne, before relocating to New York, where they gave Talking Heads their drum and bass backbone. Since Tom Tom Club’s mega dance hits ‘Genius Of Love’ and ‘Wordy Rappinghood’ in 1981, they’ve gone on to produce records for the Happy Mondays and collaborate with Gorillaz. Ultimately, their Baker’s Dozen represents four decades of musical companionship.

“It’s no secret,” says Tina. “Chris is the guy who got me into this.”

Click on the image below to begin scrolling through Chris and Tina's choices.


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Feb 19, 2013 2:15pm

Third full paragraph, "Talking," not "Taking."

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Feb 19, 2013 3:58pm

It's weird, I read that Talking Heads book "Fa fa fa fa fa fa" and thought the guy writing it was blowing the 'Tina's obssession with David Byrne' angle out of proportion but wow, she really doesn't help herself does she?

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Feb 19, 2013 4:41pm

"Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, brought reggae to the world"

Er no, Jamaicans brought reggae to the world


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Feb 19, 2013 6:01pm

In reply to Chris:

Jamaicans created reggae. Island records brought reggae to the western record buying world.

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Feb 19, 2013 6:53pm

Brooklyn is in the western world, as is Toronto, and Jamaicans brought reggae to both places...

Boring band, boring list of OK records, +1 point for repping cajun, -1 for being friends with Lou Fucking Reed, and "Loaded" sucks too.

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Feb 19, 2013 9:06pm

They do seem like such stereotypical upper middle class white arty types, don't they? I still love Talking Heads, though.

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Feb 19, 2013 10:26pm

al green is brilliant. the harder they come, too. pressure drop, draw your brakes... good list, nuggets as well. fafafa fafa fafa fafa

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Feb 19, 2013 10:28pm

What's with all the bitter dislike of wealthy people in the comments section on this site? What does income have to do with anything? And it should be pointed out that everyone commenting on this site, from a global and historical perspective, is FUCKING RICH.

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Feb 20, 2013 10:37am

In reply to kennydojo:

No, Jamaican emigres brought the music to the western world.

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Feb 24, 2013 11:47am

Good lord they are such luvvies.

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