Tom Tom Club, Tom Tom Club (1981)
Like a lot of people I’m sure, I first found out about Tom Tom Club when I saw the Talking Heads concert film – Stop Making Sense; the rhythm section from the Heads had formed Tom Tom Club as a side-project. They (and in particular this self-titled debut) remain a curious and wonderful blend of synth-pop, disco-styled early hip-hop and dance music. I’ve always loved this album – and its big-feature single Genius of Love – and yet I have only recently picked up the LP. I had the album on CD for a time – but for the most part I’ve just enjoyed hearing the singles and big album cuts when I hear them. But the idea of Tom Tom Club as entity has always been fascinating to me – a side-project that grew into its own thing and remains distinct from the main act.
Sample Track: Wordy Rappinghood
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