“I dig playing that bassline, and I love the beats”: Tina Weymouth on the Tom Tom Club’s The Good The Bad And The Funky

Tina Weymouth of Tom Tom Club performs on stage at Eden Sessions 2013 at The Eden Project on June 29, 2013 in St Austell, England.
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Tina Weymouth and her husband, drummer Chris Frantz, began branching out from their regular gig with Talking Heads in 1981. According to Weymouth, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell had always regretted not signing them, so when David Byrne took a break from the group to work on a solo record, Weymouth and Frantz soon found themselves at Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. 

Named after a nearby dancehall, the Tom Tom Club enjoyed early success with their self-titled debut and its enduring hit, Genius of Love. “It was a period of crossroads," Weymouth told BP. "We didn't know what was going to happen.“

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