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Tom Tom Club Genius of Love

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Uploaded on May 24, 2008

The Tom Tom Club is a New Wave band founded in 1980 by spouses and Talking Heads alumni Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz.

Although originally established as a side project, the Tom Tom Club enjoyed early success with hits such as "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood", which were taken from their self-titled first album which was released on Sire in the US and Island Records elsewhere in 1981.

Genius of Love" has been sampled or reinterpreted by many artists, including rapper Redman, Funkdoobiest, and Mariah Carey in her hit single "Fantasy". "It's Nasty" (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was one of the early rap versions of the song - however, the sample was re-recorded by a live band, as was common practice at the time. Another version, "Genius Rap" (1981), by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde was the first version.

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