Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
This great post about “Genius Of Love” by Tom Tom Club was written by Taylor Rock, a music enthusiast who has been powering some of the greatest Daily Song Fix picks. Feel free to say hello in the comments!
Tina Wymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads founded Tom Tom Club in 1981. Later that year, their hit song “Genius of Love” appeared on the band’s self-titled debut album. It was originally recorded in the Bahamas with Tina and Chris laying down drum and bass tracks, respectively. Tom Tom Club features an extremely talented patchwork of musicians including Tina’s sisters, veterans of Talking Heads’ tours and young Bahamians and Jamaicans. “Genius Of Love” gained breakthrough fame in the clubs when a 12-inch version was released in 1982. This particular version of “Genius of Love” was recorded live and appears on the re-release of the Talking Head’s album, Stop Making Sense.
Tom Tom Club is credited as a pioneer of new age, fresh funk and freestyle music as their beats have been sampled by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Ziggy Marley, Mariah Carey (random!) and many others. It is rumored that Chris Frantz persuaded Tina Wymouth to learn bass for the formation of the Talking Heads with David Byrne when the trio moved from Providence, Rhode Island to Manhattan in 1974. Both graduates of Rhode Island School of Design, the couple continues to play music and record today from their Connecticut studio, The Clubhouse.