SRK 3628 Tom Tom Club
Produced by S. Stanley, T. Weymouth, and C. Frantz
Released on October 1981
US CHART POSITION #23 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/26/82) . . . UK CHART POSITION #78
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SRK 3628 cover
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A s members of Talking Heads took their first vacation from one another, husband-and-wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth clearly had the most fun with the exotic, smartalecky, and eminently danceable Tom Tom Club. Their debut album turned out to be more than just a good way to let out steam when “Genius of Love” became a crossover dance hit and pushed the album into platinum sales. If the band has a theme, it’s “arty girls just want to have fun too” - the girls in this case being the four Weymouth sisters, who share vocals with a cute, slumber party sloppiness while repetitive rhythm lines fool you into thinking there’s something heavy afoot. Of the remaining seven songs, “Wordy Rappinghood” is a playful followup to Blondie’s “Rapture,” “Lorelei” and “On, On, On, On...” mix catchy melodies with aloof arrangements, and “Booming and Zooming” finds the band utilizing the Byrne-Eno example of “found” vocals in a less ambitious but mildly hypnotic context. Guest guitarist Adrian Belew gives the band some artistic credibility (his signature guitarwork is the focus for “L’elephant”), but for the most part this music is a welcome antidote to the Heads’ (specifically Byrne’s) musical intellectualism. Of course, if the Heads had recorded more albums in the Bahamas, they might have sounded like this too.

SRK 3628 back cover
SRK 3628 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WORDY RAPPINGHOOD    6:27
  2. GENIUS OF LOVE    5:34
  3. TOM TOM THEME    1:25
  4. L'ELEPHANT    4:50
  5. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW    5:23
  6. LORELEI    5:05
  7. ON,ON,ON,ON...    3:33
  8. BOOMING AND ZOOMING    4:32

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. UNDER THE BOARDWALK
  10. LORELEI (EXTENDED)
  11. WORDY RAPPINGHOOD (REMIX)
  12. GENIUS OF LOVE (EXTENDED)

    All songs written by Tom Tom Club

CREDITS

BENJAMIN ARMBRISTER -- assistant engineer
ADRIAN BELEW --
"MONTE" BROWNE --
TYRONE DOWNIE --
CHRIS FRANTZ --
JAMES RIZZI - illustration
STEVEN STANLEY -- engineer, mixing
"STICKY" --
KENDALL STUBBS -- assistant engineer
LANI WEYMOUTH --
LAURA WEYMOUTH --
LORIC WEYMOUTH --
TINA WEYMOUTH --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1981 Sire LP/CS SRK 3628  
UK October 1981 Island LP/CS ILPS/ICT 9686  
AUS'L 1981 WEA LP 600108  
CAN 1981 Sire LP/CS XSR/XM5S 3628  
FRA 1981? Island LP 6313 240  
GER 1981 Island LP 204 102.320  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSI 77002  
US July 23, 1996 Virgin CD/CS 3628 w. bonus tracks
UK   Island CD 842818 digital remaster
UK   Island CD IMCD 103  

 

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