When it began back in 1981, Tom Tom Club was a side project of Talking Heads’ rhythm section: the bass of Tina Weymouth and the drums of Chris Frantz. Tom Tom Club’s music was a staple of parties and clubs back then, and the music took on a life of its own in various samples and remakes — most notably the pop hit “Genius of Love.”
It turns out that, all these years later, the band has regrouped. It’s now touring and releasing a live album from those early days, titled Genius of Live.
In the creative spirit that inspired Tom Tom Club in the first place, the band put together a special acoustic set for its Tiny Desk Concert. You’ll hear that famous “Genius” melody line played here on accordion by Bruce Martin, with rhythms from a washboard (by Mystic Bowie), a cowbell (by Chris Frantz), an egg shaker (by Kid Ginseng) and small drums (by Fuzz).
Here, Weymouth plays her bass lines on an acoustic guitar, and she and Victoria Clamp have all the fun singing — not only in “Genius of Love,” but also in “Wordy Rappinghood.” (The band also performs a nice zydeco tune led by Mystic Bowie.) All in all, it was simply a blast — one of the most energetic and joyful concerts in our series so far.
Jeremy Hunt has just said he’ll allow Murdoch to own all of BSkyB. We have just three days to flood the government’s public consultation with requests to stop the deal.
We’ve done it before — in the last consultation Hunt said our avalanche of 40,000 messages delayed the deal as his officials had to read each email carefully, fearing a legal challenge. But the government is pushing the deal through despite the hacking scandal of murdered Milly Dowler — the latest grim episode that shows howMurdoch’s media tramples standards and ignores ethics.
Murdoch already controls more of our media than is legal in many countries – and is notorious for using his power to skew our politics. The official consultation ends this Friday — let’s tell the government we don’t want his media empire to control our largest commercial broadcaster. Send a message now — using your own words to make it stand out — calling on Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron to refuse Murdoch’s BSkyB deal until there’s a full Competition Commission review and a full public inquiry into phone hacking.”