Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club’s Tina Weymouth on Talking Heads, the early days of hip hop, and timeless dance music classics.
Born in California, Tina Weymouth first met her future partner (in life, love and music) Chris Frantz in the early 70s when she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design. It was also there that she and Chris first met David Byrne, who they later followed to New York City. The three lived together in a loft space on the Lower East Side and before long Talking Heads was formed, with Tina on bass, Chris on drums, Byrne on vocals and guitar, and Jerry Harrison on keys and guitar. Four albums (and much success) later, Byrne and Harrison left the band to make solo albums and Chris and Tina were encouraged to do the same. Calling themselves Tom Tom Club, they signed with Island Records and flew to the legendary Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas to record. Tom Tom Club’s first single Wordy Rappinghood was a unique mix of playground rap over a playful funk groove charting at number one in 17 countries, whilst the second single Genius Of Love has since been sampled by hip hop artists many times over. The band’s self-titled debut album in 1981 has become a classic of its era, bringing mainstream attention to the burgeoning hip hop scene at the time. Chris and Tina went on to work with Talking Heads again, and released many more Tom Tom Club albums, as well as working as a studio production team for artists such as Happy Mondays or Ziggy Marley. Living in Connecticut these days, Chris and Tina are still making music and running their own studio, the Club House, keeping the club, well… busy.