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* RhythmTypewriter: "Wordy Rappinghood" starts with one.

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* SoloSideProject: What the band was initiallly to Frantz and Weymouth. They started performing full-time as the Tom Tom Club after Music/TalkingHeads' breakup in 1991.


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* StartMyOwn: Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth started the band because they were tired of [[IAmTHeBand David Byrne's stranglehold on Talking Heads]].


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* NotableMusicVideosNotableMusicVideos: "Genius of Love" was one of the first animated music videos.


* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, specifically Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, Jamaican rhythm section/production team Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, and Music/JamesBrown.

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* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, specifically Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, Jamaican rhythm section/production team Sly and Robbie, disco pioneer Hamilton Bohannon, Kurtis Blow, and Music/JamesBrown.Music/JamesBrown. %% listed in order of lyrical appearance

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* LeadBassist: Tina Weymouth fronts the band.


!!Albums
* Tom Tom Club (1981)
* Close to the Bone (1983)
* Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom (1988)
* Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom (US version) (1989)
* Dark Sneak Love Action (1991)
* The Good, The Bad, and the Funky (2000)
* Live @ the Clubhouse (2003)

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!!Albums
!!Studio Discography:
* ''Tom Tom Tom Club Club'' (1981)
* Close ''Close to the Bone Bone'' (1983)
* Boom ''Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom Boom'' (1988)
* Boom ''Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom Boom'' (US version) (1989)
* Dark ''Dark Sneak Love Action Action'' (1991)
* The ''The Good, The Bad, and the Funky (2000)
Funky'' (2000)

!!Live Discography:
* Live ''Live @ the Clubhouse (2003)Clubhouse'' (2002)[[note]]Reissued in 2010 as ''Genius of Live'' with a bonus disc of remixes[[/note]]


Originally established as a side project, the Tom Tom Club comprise a loose aggregate of musicians, sound engineers and artists of the Compass Point All Stars family, including Tina Weymouth's sisters and guitarist Adrian Belew, the latter of whom toured with Weymouth and Frantz in the expanded version of Talking Heads in 1980 and 1981. They enjoyed early success in the dance club culture of the early 1980s with the hits "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood," taken from their self-titled first album released on Creator/SireRecords in the US and Island Records elsewhere in 1981.

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Originally established as a side project, the Tom Tom Club comprise a loose aggregate of musicians, sound engineers and artists of the Compass Point All Stars family, including Tina Weymouth's sisters and guitarist Adrian Belew, the latter of whom toured with Weymouth and Frantz in the expanded version of Talking Heads in 1980 and 1981. They enjoyed early success in the dance club culture of the early 1980s with the hits "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood," taken from their self-titled first album released on Creator/SireRecords in the US and Island Records Creator/IslandRecords elsewhere in 1981.


* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, Jamaican rhythm section/production team Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, and Music/JamesBrown.

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* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding specifically Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, Jamaican rhythm section/production team Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, and Music/JamesBrown.


* PopculturalOsmosis: ''Genius of Love'', one of the most sampled rhythm tracks of all time, particularly within the rap/R&B/hip-hop genre, with dozens of unsolicited remixes and versions.

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* PopculturalOsmosis: ''Genius "Genius of Love'', Love", one of the most sampled rhythm tracks of all time, particularly within the rap/R&B/hip-hop genre, with dozens of unsolicited remixes and versions.



* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, [[Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone Sly Stone]], and Music/JamesBrown.

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* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, [[Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone Jamaican rhythm section/production team Sly Stone]], and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, and Music/JamesBrown.


* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/Smokey Robinson, Music/BobMarley, [[Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone Sly Stone]] and Music/JamesBrown.

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* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/Smokey Robinson, Music/SmokeyRobinson, Music/BobMarley, [[Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone Sly Stone]] Stone]], and Music/JamesBrown.


* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/BobMarley, Music/BootsyCollins and Music/JamesBrown.

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* ShoutOut: "Genius of Love" mentions a number of black musicians, inluding Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/BootsyCollins, Music/Smokey Robinson, Music/BobMarley, Music/BootsyCollins [[Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone Sly Stone]] and Music/JamesBrown.

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* RevolvingDoorBand: Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth are the only constant members.


* SpokenWordInMusic: [[StepUpToTheMichrophone Chris Frantz]]'s spoken account of the band's beginnings in "Atsababy (Life Is Good)".

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* SpokenWordInMusic: [[StepUpToTheMichrophone [[StepUpToTheMicrophone Chris Frantz]]'s spoken account of the band's beginnings in "Atsababy (Life Is Good)".

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* SpokenWordInMusic: [[StepUpToTheMichrophone Chris Frantz]]'s spoken account of the band's beginnings in "Atsababy (Life Is Good)".


"Genius of Love" has been sampled or reinterpreted by many artists, including emcee Redman, Funkdoobiest, and Mariah Carey in her hit single "Fantasy." "It's Nasty" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was one of the early hip-hop versions of the song. However, the sample was re-recorded by a live band, as was common practice at the time. Another version, "Genius Rap" (1981), by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, was the first cover version.

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"Genius of Love" has been sampled or reinterpreted by many artists, including emcee Redman, Funkdoobiest, and Mariah Carey in her hit single "Fantasy." "It's Nasty" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive was one of the early hip-hop versions of the song. However, the sample was re-recorded by a live band, as was common practice at the time. Another version, "Genius Rap" (1981), by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, was the first cover version.

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