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Tom Tom Club is Tom Tom Club's first album, released in 1981, containing the UK hit singles "Wordy Rappinghood," which reached No. 7 in June 1981; "Genius of Love," which reached No. 65 in October of the same year; and "Under the Boardwalk," which reached No. 22 in August 1982. When released in the U.S., "Genius of Love" peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] Both "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Genius of Love" topped the U.S. dance chart.

Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club CD album cover.jpg
Studio album by Tom Tom Club
Released October 1981[1]
Recorded November 1980–April 1981
Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Length 39:35
Label US: Sire/Warner Bros. Records
23628
UK: Island/PolyGram Records
Argentina: A&M
Producer Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Steven Stanley
Tom Tom Club chronology
Tom Tom Club
(1981)
Close to the Bone
(1983)Close to the Bone1983
Singles from Tom Tom Club
  1. "Wordy Rappinghood"
    Released: February 1981
  2. "Genius of Love"
    Released: September 1981
  3. "On, On, On, On..." / "L'éléphant"
    Released: January 1982 (Japan only)
  4. "Under the Boardwalk"
    Released: June 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]

The album was re-released on May 19, 2009, as a part of a two-CD deluxe package with the band's second album, Close to the Bone.

Slant Magazine listed the album at #87 on its Best Albums of the 1980s list.[5]

Contents

Track listingEdit

Composer credits as registered with ASCAP or APRA: all works by Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Adrian Belew and Steven Stanley, unless otherwise noted below.[6][7]

LP versionEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" (Tina Weymouth, Lani Weymouth, Laura Weymouth, Frantz, Stanley) - 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" - 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" (Belew, Frantz) - 1:25
  4. "L'éléphant" - 4:50

Side 2Edit

  1. "As Above, So Below" - 5:23
  2. "Lorelei" (Tina Weymouth, Laura Weymouth, Frantz, Belew, Stanley) - 5:05
  3. "On, On, On, On..." (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Belew) - 3:33
  4. "Booming and Zooming" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Belew) - 4:32

Cassette versionEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood"
  2. "Genius of Love"
  3. "Tom Tom Theme"
  4. "L'éléphant"

Side 2Edit

  1. "As Above, So Below"
  2. "Lorelei" (Remix)
  3. "On, On, On, On..."
  4. "Under The Boardwalk" (Kenny Young, Arthur Resnick)

CD versionEdit

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" – 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" – 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" – 1:24
  4. "L'éléphant" – 4:51
  5. "As Above, So Below" – 5:22
  6. "Lorelei" – 5:05
  7. "On, On, On, On..." – 3:33
  8. "Booming and Zooming" – 4:35
  9. "Under the Boardwalk" – 5:46
  10. "Lorelei" (Remix) – 6:17
  11. "Wordy Rappinghood" (Long Version) – 6:42
  12. "Genius of Love" (Long Version) – 7:26

Deluxe Edition CD1

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" – 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" – 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" – 1:24
  4. "L'éléphant" – 4:51
  5. "As Above, So Below" – 5:22
  6. "Lorelei" (Album version) – 5:05
  7. "On, On, On, On..." – 3:33
  8. "Booming and Zooming" – 4:35
  9. "Under the Boardwalk" – 5:46
  10. "On, On, On, On..." (Remix) - 3:44
  11. "Lorelei" (Remix) – 6:17
  12. "Spooks" (Single version) - 6:32
  13. "Elephant" (Single version) - 5:12
  14. "(You Don't Stop) Wordy Rappinghood" (Single version) – 4:08

PersonnelEdit

Tom Tom Club
Technical
  • Steven Stanley - co-producer, engineer, mixing
  • Benji Armbrister - engineer
  • Kendall Stubbs - engineer
  • James Rizzi - cover illustration

ChartsEdit