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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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Al Green - I’m Still In Love With You
CF: This was my favourite record to play when I brought Tina to my apartment in Providence, when we first met. I was courting her and I put on this song because Al Green is so romantic. The white ladies love it, the black ladies love it, the yellow ladies love it. Everybody loves Al Green.

TW: It’s not just his singing voice, it’s that band.

CF: This is the record I would put on to woo Tina, and it worked.

TW: I always went to Chris’s house to listen to music, because he had the best collection. And yes, it worked, over time. It took a few years because at the time, that’s the weird thing, I had a different boyfriend and he had a different girlfriend. But once we got together it did become the soundtrack of our romance.

CF: And then later on, the first Talking Heads hit we ever had in America that cracked the Top 40 was an Al Green song, ‘Take Me To The River’. I remember getting a message indirectly from him, that he thought it was “pretty good for some white kids from the suburbs”.



Feb 19, 2013 2:15pm

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

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M
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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Chris
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

*rolleyes*

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kennydojo
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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Grimm
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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Chris
Feb 20, 2013 10:37am

In reply to kennydojo:

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

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Gar
Feb 24, 2013 11:47am

Good lord they are such luvvies.

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