Bassist Tina Weymouth (pronounced WAY-muth) joined fellow RISD grad Chris Frantz and his friend David Byrne to form Talking Heads in 1975. Dubbed “thinking man’s dance music” by The New York Times music critic John Rockwell, they released their first album to loving critical acclaim in 1977, the same year Weymouth and Frantz wed. The two went on to form the Tom Tom Club in 1981. As they continued to write, record and tour with Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club’s first singles, “Wordy Rappinghood” and “Genius of Love,” gave them top ten hits around the world, a parallel success that helped boost the profile for Talking Heads worldwide as well, before that group was finally dissolved in 1995. In addition to two live albums and eight studio albums for Talking Heads, Frantz and Weymouth recorded five studio albums, one double live album, plus a slew of singles as Tom Tom Club. Their last EP, Downtown Rockers, was released on vinyl in 2012. Their uniquely original styles, both as Tom Tom Club as well as Talking Heads, have spawned hundreds of derivations and reminders of their enduring influence on popular music. Talking Heads was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” single has been sampled countless times. In 2013, Weymouth and Frantz took the Tom Tom Club around the world for one last spin before returning to their latest project, Chris und Tina, a tiny electronic duo begun in 2004. Frantz and Weymouth are also known for their classic productions of Grammy winner Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers as well as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.
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