Tom Tom Club, the side project of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz from Talking Heads, enjoyed two big hit singles in the UK back in 1981 and 1982. Wordy Rappinghood got all the way to #7 (which no doubt pissed off David Byrne as it wouldn’t be until 1985 that Road To Nowhere would give the whole band a Top 10 hit) while their cover of Under The Boardwalk reached #22.

In between these, there was also a flop single which peaked at #65, despite which it has proven to be their most enduring and memorable song. One that makes me think of sunshine, sandy beaches and a wonderfully blue sea lapping onto a Caribbean shore:-

mp3 : Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love (extended version)
mp3 : Tom Tom Club – Lorelei (instrumental version)

I hate winter.


  1. Genius Of Love is one of the great singles of the 80s. It reminds me of summer days and night in Coney Island – not exactly the safest place to go in those days.

    After the accomplishments of Talking Heads through 1980, it was really smart of Chris and Tina, Jerry as well, to stretch their wings and show their own identities. It was also a turning point for me as a fan. After Byrne showed his solo abilities on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and Songs From The Catherine Wheel, the other members had little choice. I’m not sure Byrne ever saw it that way. From this point the on there seemed to be a different dynamic. Some of this likely came from the fact that they had reached a new height, an ever expanding audience and acceptance, but some of it had to do with the strength of personalities now all out in the open. If they never really came off as a cohesive unit in the past, it was now going to be that much more difficult. As a fan, I felt like Talking Heads lost its way lost it’s way after Speaking In Tongues. The album it self doesn’t rank high at all in my estimation. But it is obivious that the individual members of the band put their stamp on individual songs, regardless of the fact they shared writing credits.

  2. One thing I found to be strange was, in 1983, this 12″ single would only be found in the cut-out bin section of record stores. I bought a copy, for USD1.99, at a time when full albums were going for USD8.99 and singles USD5.99.
    Genius of Love is, to me, a snapshot of NYC in the summer time; full of life, street art & music. The music video will always remind me of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

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