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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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The Velvet Underground - Loaded
CF: We’re still friends with Lou.

TW: And also with John Cale.

CF: Unfortunately John Cale wasn’t on this one, it was sort of mark II of the Velvet Underground and it had two marvellous songs, ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Rock and Roll’. Lou was still singing in those days. I always say: Lou, if you’re reading this, please start singing again. He had a great style and he’s right up there with the greats and gave up on singing. As we get older things sometimes happen with the voice. In those days he was young and vital. The chord progressions in those two songs in the guitar introduction were wonderful and very moving.

TW: I knew about Velvet Underground when I was 17 in New York City in college, getting into all kinds of trouble, but I never got to see them. It was a big attraction for me later on when I was older and finally graduating and I wanted to move to New York. The Velvets weren’t together any more but this is the place that nurtured and gave them their essence.

I was always fascinated by him: are these really friends that’s he’s writing about? What’s going on here? Likewise with Berlin because it was so dark and I didn’t know whether it was attractive or not to me, but musically that orchestration, those arrangements were just lush.

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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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