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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


Al Green - I’m Still In Love With You
CF: This was my favourite record to play when I brought Tina to my apartment in Providence, when we first met. I was courting her and I put on this song because Al Green is so romantic. The white ladies love it, the black ladies love it, the yellow ladies love it. Everybody loves Al Green.

TW: It’s not just his singing voice, it’s that band.

CF: This is the record I would put on to woo Tina, and it worked.

TW: I always went to Chris’s house to listen to music, because he had the best collection. And yes, it worked, over time. It took a few years because at the time, that’s the weird thing, I had a different boyfriend and he had a different girlfriend. But once we got together it did become the soundtrack of our romance.

CF: And then later on, the first Talking Heads hit we ever had in America that cracked the Top 40 was an Al Green song, ‘Take Me To The River’. I remember getting a message indirectly from him, that he thought it was “pretty good for some white kids from the suburbs”.