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Baker's Dozen

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


Smokey Robinson And The Miracles - Going To A Go Go
CF: It was one thing that Tina and I could agree on musically with great enthusiasm when we first met.

TW: You know how I got that album, Chris? I traded it for Carol King’s Tapestry.

CF: That was a good trade! I heard it when I was still at boarding school in Virginia. I’d had my Beatles records and my Rolling Stones records and one of my friends there said “Beatles and The Stones? Those guys are GAY! You gotta listen to James Brown And The Four Tops and Smokey Robinson And The Miracles” and of course I still kept my enthusiasm for The Beatles and The Stones, but I broadened my horizon by getting into Motown. It was so pervasive; there was really no way to escape it. The songs were sometimes sentimental but in a really good way. I was visiting Tina’s apartment and she showed me her records. I can only remember two in that collection – Smokey Robinson and Santana. I think I said “oh she likes Smokey Robinson? This is good.”

TW: I left all of my Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin at home for my sisters, so I had to restart my collection.