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Tom Tom Club - Genius of Live

by Steve Reynolds Rating:8.5 Release Date:2010-12-06

Tom Tom Club's legacy is infamous but for all their obvious connections, they shouldn't be forgotten for creating their innovative and avant-garde self-titled debut album in 1981. In 1991, former Talking Heads' members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth built their own studio and subsequently called it the Clubhouse. This album is a collection of live takes from the Clubhouse originally recorded in 2003. The flip side to this album is a host of DJs getting all loco and demonstrating their knob twiddling skills on TTC's classic single 'Genius of Love'.

The live album allows the band to be much more roomy with their sound and it's an eclectic mix of funk, reggae, electronic and the no-flab skinny guitar - ubiquitous in the glory years of Talking Heads. 'The Man With the 4-Way Hips' more than demonstrates this with its infectious boogie woogie bass complemented with a set of bongos the size of a small country. It certainly set the template for such classic albums as Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, as its hybrid of different styles pushes the musical boundaries and opens up possibilities for the musicians who have endlessly sampled Tom Tom Club's classic sound over the last two decades. Stand out tracks still remain the sublime 'Wordy Rappinghood' and the inventive 'Genius of Love'. Still standing the test of time, Tom Tom Club's hugely creative output will continue to impress and be revered for years to come.

The remixes are certainly varied - Money Mark gives us trancy hillbilly; Ozomatli is all big beats and squelches; DJ Bitman dubs it up; Pinker Tones bounces the track all over the places with dot dash electronic; King Koya is more sedate and chilled; Monareta makes a mess of it all by splicing a load of blips and dots irrelevant to the original prose. The rest of the mixes leave a lot less to be desired.

For the clubhouse album - 8.5; for the remixes - 5.

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