"Genius Of Love"
"Only The Strong Survive"
When an email came my way telling me that Tom Tom Club was interested in performing at my desk, I thought, "They've got to be kidding." I had no idea that this super-fun band was even still making music, but yeah: We'll be ready.
When it began back in 1981, Tom Tom Club was a side project of Talking Heads' rhythm section: the bass of Tina Weymouth and the drums of Chris Frantz. Tom Tom Club's music was a staple of parties and clubs back then, and the music took on a life of its own in various samples and remakes — most notably the pop hit "Genius of Love."
It turns out that, all these years later, the band has regrouped. It's now touring and releasing a live album from those early days, titled Genius of Live.
In the creative spirit that inspired Tom Tom Club in the first place, the band put together a special acoustic set for its Tiny Desk Concert. You'll hear that famous "Genius" melody line played here on accordion by Bruce Martin, with rhythms from a washboard (by Mystic Bowie), a cowbell (by Chris Frantz), an egg shaker (by Kid Ginseng) and small drums (by Fuzz).
Here, Weymouth plays her bass lines on an acoustic guitar, and she and Victoria Clamp have all the fun singing — not only in "Genius of Love," but also in "Wordy Rappinghood." (The band also performs a nice zydeco tune led by Mystic Bowie.) All in all, it was simply a blast — one of the most energetic and joyful concerts in our series so far.