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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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Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Chris Frantz: The first time we heard Kraftwerk we were in college at Rhode Island School of Design. We drove to New York in Tina’s family van with some friends who were in the painting club with us. We went to the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art and ended up in Soho at a place called The Kitchen, where we later played with Talking Heads, and saw a performance by John Cage. Soho was still in its early days then, it wasn’t all built up the way it is now with fashion boutiques. We went to the Spring Street Bar, as the drinking age was 18, at the time and we thought maybe we’d see some famous artists. It had a jukebox and someone had put in a row of quarters and just hit ‘Autobahn’ over and over like 20 times. So the song, this great, very long song, played the entire time we were in the bar and it made a big impression on us.

Around the time we were forming Tom Tom Club in 1981, we were spending a lot of time in the Bahamas at Compass Point Studios, and we met this interesting artist called Emil Schult. It turned out that he was not only the guy who designed artwork for Kraftwerk but had written a number of the lyrics. And then we were on tour with Talking Heads, and maybe Tina you should complete this story - we were in Germany and Ralf Hütter came backstage after our show.

TW: This was before we met Emil. At that time, David Byrne thought lyrics were everything. So I thought maybe Ralf’s were like that, maybe he takes a lot of pride in lyrics. They were about a different world concept and sounded both throwaway and prophetic. But the music was compositionally so brilliant and I should have said something about that, but instead I said “oh I love your lyrics” to try to break the ice. He said, “what?! The lyrics are stupid!” and I didn’t dare open my mouth again.

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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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