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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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Tina Weymouth: Not only are there no holds barred in these lyrics, but I thought that the orchestration was awesome for a really raw garage band. They didn’t do what is now typically punk, when everybody plays the same thing at the same time. They were like a classical quartet. The interweaving of the parts was just brilliant. They don’t simply play the root note, but they each play a part that is contrapuntal to and complements the other parts.

We asked Iggy to sing with us once, with Talking Heads. But he was too shy of it at the time. He said: “Oh my god, people would perceive me as trying to take the place of that guy.” We weren’t asking him to replace anybody, we were just asking him to play with us, but lots of people get mixed up about us. They don’t know if we’re Talking Heads or Tom Tom Club. Well, y’know, they just have to ask!



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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