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Freitag, 30. November 2012
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Downtown Rockers Cover by Tom Tom Club

Downtown Rockers Cover by Tom Tom Club

We are proud to announce the release of the new EP “Downtown Rockers” by iconic group Tom Tom Club. It is the first new material by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, founding members of Talking Heads, in more than a decade. The EP features 5 new songs plus 4 remixes and will be released in Europe via earMUSIC on December 7th, 2012.

The title track from the new album "Downtown Rockers" features Tom Tom Club’s characteristic upbeat fusion of electro and funk. The song pays tribute to the many bands that created the downtown music scene in New York City in the 70's from The Velvet Underground to the Talking Heads. The song was mixed by Ed Stasium, who also recorded and mixed Talking Heads '77 and umpteen Ramones classics.
Chris Frantz explains, "We recorded the basic tracks soon after Tom Tom Club toured with the Psychedelic Furs in October of 2011 at our home studio. These tracks were built from improvised jam sessions with Bruce Martin on keyboards and Pablo Martin on guitar, Tina Weymouth on bass and Chris Frantz on drums. This is the same way we began "Remain In Light" with Talking Heads. This time our only instruction to the other players was to keep the parts simple with lots of space like Booker T. and the MGs would do."

1. Downtown Rockers
2. Won’t Give You Up
3. You Make Me Rock and Roll
4. Kissin’ Antonio
5. Sweets to the Sweet
6. Downtown Rockers (Ed Stasium E-Dub Mix)
7. Downtown Rockers (Arthur Baker Superstar DJ Mix)
8. Kissin' Antonio (Entro & Ginseng Short Mix)
9. Kissin' Antonio (DJ Latin Bitman Mix)

Tom Tom Club was originally formed by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in 1981. Graduates from the Rhode Island School of Design, they moved to New York City where they founded Talking Heads as a trio with David Byrne. Chris played drums, Tina played bass and David sang and played guitar. In early 1981, Talking Heads took a hiatus after five years of touring internationally and four studio albums, and Chris and Tina began the Tom Tom Club.

When legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry failed to show up for the scheduled recording sessions in the Bahamas, Blackwell allowed Chris and Tina to produce the album themselves with Jamaican engineer Steven Stanley. Tom Tom Club's first single was “Wordy Rappinghood,” an unusually original mix of schoolyard rap over a funky groove that went into the top of the charts in 17 countries. “Wordy Rappinghood” turned out to be seminal in bringing mainstream attention to the new spirit of hip-hop.  

The group’s second single was the remarkable “Genius of Love.” Released in the UK before North America, the track was bubbling up in the underground with dozens of unsolicited remixes and versions--most notably, Grandmaster Flash’s "It's Nasty/Genius of Love" in 1982—a massive hit in the clubs and on the R&B and dance charts, soon earning the Tom Tom Club debut a Gold sales award. In 1995, Mariah Carey hit #1 with “Fantasy,” her version of “Genius of Love” featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard rapping over the original instrumental track. “Genius of Love” continues to be frequently sampled by various artists, from Tupac Shakur to most recently, T.I. feat. Fergie and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Tom Tom Club continues to celebrate more than thirty years as a band. Last year, they performed their timeless classic “Genius of Love” on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” It was a flashback to one of the group’s earliest career highlights - playing the hit song on the highly popular TV show “Soul Train” back in 1983 – at a time when it was in heavy rotation on urban radio stations.
Last fall, Tom Tom Club rocked their first U.S. tour in 10 years and released “Genius of Live.” The album featured select tracks from classic album “Live At The Club House” as well as a various remixes by artists like Ozomatli, Kinky, Money Mark and The Pinker Tones.
In 2002, Frantz and Weymouth were inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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