Tom Tom Club (album)

Tom Tom Club is the debut studio album by Tom Tom Club, released in 1981, containing the UK hit singles "Wordy Rappinghood", which reached No. 7 in June 1981 and "Genius of Love", which reached No. 65 in October of the same year. It was re-released in the UK in 1982 to include "Under the Boardwalk", which reached No. 22 in August 1982. When released in the United States, "Genius of Love" peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] Both "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Genius of Love" topped the US dance chart.

Tom Tom Club
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1981[1]
RecordedNovember 1980 – April 1981
StudioCompass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
GenreFunk[2]
Length39:35
LabelUS: Sire/Warner Bros. Records
23628
UK: Island/PolyGram Records
Argentina: A&M
Australia: Mercury Records
ProducerChris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Steven Stanley
Tom Tom Club chronology
Tom Tom Club
(1981)
Close to the Bone
(1983)
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
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Record Collector[4]
Record Mirror[5]
Rolling Stone[6]
The Village VoiceA−[2]

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. The album was further reissued on Limited Edition white vinyl by Real Gone Music on March 1, 2019.

Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 87 on its Best Albums of the 1980s list.[8]

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.[9][10] First printings of the album simply give composer credit on all tracks to Tom Tom Club as a collective.

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-production, engineering, mixing
  • Benji Armbrister – engineering
  • Kendall Stubbs – engineering
  • James Rizzi – cover illustration

ChartsEdit

Sales chart performance of Tom Tom Club
Chart Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 51
UK Albums Chart[13] 78
United States Billboard 200[14] 23

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[15] Gold 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Strong, M.C. (1996). The Great Rock Discography, 3rd Ed. M.C. Strong. p. 811. ISBN 086-241-541-1.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (January 12, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Mills, Ted. "Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Needs, Kris (August 2009). "Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club: Deluxe Edition". Record Collector. No. 365. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Cooper, Mark (October 10, 1981). "Girls in the Club". Record Mirror. p. 13.
  6. ^ Fricke, David (February 18, 1982). "Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 21, 2003. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. 5 March 2012.
  9. ^ "ACE Repertory".
  10. ^ "Search results".
  11. ^ 'Tina Talks Heads, Tom Toms, and How to Succeed at Bass Without Really Trying' - article by Gregory Isola in Bassplayer.com, March 1997 (hosted on webarchive.com)
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 311. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "Tom Tom Club > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2006). The Billboard Albums. p. 1059. ISBN 0-89820-166-7.
  15. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1983". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 6, 2021.

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