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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 J.B.'s - Doing It To Death
The J.B.'s - Doing It To Death

CF: This record was around the time that Tina and I started going out, dancing in bars to ‘Doing It To Death’ and also ‘Gimme Some More’ and ‘Pass the Peas’. There are so many great James Brown albums but this one is nice because James isn’t even on it!

TW: I mean, James is great, but he’s the kind of guy who’d be in a room and the band would be jamming and he’d walk from one person to the next and listen to them and go “yeah, yeah, yeah, love it, that’s great.” He’d learn what they were doing and at the end of it he’d say, “I wrote this!” So I love this one because, in our own way, we’re saying, man, what a band. Even without James.

CF: I met him in Compass Point. My father, who was an army general and an attorney, was visiting and I took the opportunity to introduce him to James Brown. He said “Mr Brown, my son made you famous”, because our Tom Tom Club song ‘Genius Of Love’ was a hit at the time, with the lines “James Brown, James Brown”. James Brown said, “General Frantz, your son might be a genius, but I was already famous.”

Then we met him a couple of other times. Tina I think you had a nice conversation with him at Sigma Sound?

TW: Well, he was working in the studio attempting to help La Toya Jackson put something together. We were working on Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers’ first album. This was 1987. One of his assistants asked me to tell him his limousine was there. I said “Mr Brown! I’m told your limousine has arrived!” He had no idea who I was, but introductions were made and he said: “You’re my children. You’re all my children!”

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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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