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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 Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
CF: It’s one of those things that everybody can agree on, music that’s adventurous for its time and the vocals and harmonies are beautiful.

TW: And the lyrics are extremely personal. You feel that you’re being spoken to.

CF: It was when the Beach Boys, as they say it nowadays, took it to a whole new level. I liked them before, but when we first heard these as singles, I realised, oh boy, this is some serious art.

TW: It took it beyond the Jan and Dean era. It wasn’t about surfing anymore. It was about the complications of being a young person coming of age and trying to find one’s place in the world. It was deeply moving and I always loved the magical singing.

CF: We had an opportunity to meet Brian Wilson once, in all places, Ibiza.

TW: He also came backstage...

CF: Oh yes, this is a good story. Before Ibiza, we were shooting the Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense over three nights in Hollywood. Various celebrities would come backstage. It was the last night of shooting and I was standing there with Peter Gabriel in a big crowd backstage and all of a sudden everything parted. Brian Wilson came through. It was evidently unusual for him to go out, and he said “I would like to meet Tina Weymouth” and then, what did he say to you Tina?

TW: I was hiding in a corner because I knew that if I partied and if I showed pleasure David Byrne would just give me hell the next show we did. He’s a very jealous guy and hated for anybody else to get any attention, especially me. So when Brian Wilson sat down I got up to leave because I thought “David’s really going to hate this”. Chris held my wrist and said “Tina, he wants to meet you”. So now I was going to have to endure any displeasure from David because I couldn’t possibly be rude to Brian Wilson. All he said was “Oh. You’ve cut your hair.” It was still pretty long. I said “Don’t you like it?” and that was pretty much the end of the conversation.

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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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