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Published on Dec 22, 2014
As Tom Tom Club, the husband-and-wife team of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth have had a wild career, from being in the center of the downtown New York scene in the early ’80s — the crucible where punk, new wave, and hip hop melted together — to playing in the Talking Heads and working with everyone from Lou Reed to Grandmaster Flash to Sly & Robbie. And over 30 years after its release, their “Genius of Love” still has one of the most distinctive melodies in pop music, the kind that maybe transports you to the Bahamas (where it was recorded) or maybe even Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” (one of the many songs to sample its hook). In this extended, often touching lecture, held at the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo in November 2014, Chris and Tina open up about their lives in music - and with one another.
The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.