My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-9
Brief Background: Tom Tom Club is the self-titled debut by the band made up of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads. The album was recorded in 1980 and 1981 in the Bahamas. It was released in October 1981.
What I think: This is just a really energetic and fun album the whole way through. The group took some obvious influence from New York City hip-hop and brought it to the Bahamas where they added the quirkiness they made famous in the Talking Heads.
I’ve been looking online and I don’t see “Wordy Rappinghood” referred to as hip-hop or rap, but it certainly is. So, with this song you have white New Yorker’s (and surprisingly not Rapture), bringing the first rap song on an album to this list. I was curious about which song we would see the genres first appearance. I wonder what our first NYC rap album will be! But I digress…
This album is certainly a lot of fun. I sometimes have trouble with fun albums since they often lack in substance. That is not the case with this one. It’s wonderful throughout. For me, the whole first half is where it shines. The second half is far from dull, though I do feel the cover of “Under the Boardwalk” is the weak track on the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a great album, I’m glad it is on the list.
Rating (Out of 5) 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (383/502)
Amount that are new to me: 76%