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Good the Bad and the Funky
     

The Good the Bad and the Funky

by Tom Tom Club
 
Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, the ingenious rhythm section that drove the Talking Heads, revisit that funky groove thing with the Tom Tom Club's first release since 1992's Darksneakloveaction. Like their 1981 debut, Tom Tom Club, this newest collection of electronic pop delivers the kind of

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Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, the ingenious rhythm section that drove the Talking Heads, revisit that funky groove thing with the Tom Tom Club's first release since 1992's Darksneakloveaction. Like their 1981 debut, Tom Tom Club, this newest collection of electronic pop delivers the kind of happy hip-hop that very much resembles the duo's fresh, original sound. But like any great dance record, it's all about the rhythms, and here Weymouth and Frantz weave a tight, textured beat of bass, drums, scratching, and loops. Weymouth delivers her vocals in a nonchalant, sweet-rapper style, which lends that breezy, English-pop feel to originals such as "Who Feelin' It" and the Funkadelic-influenced "She's a Freak." For diversity, the album also features a host of guest vocalists who dip into genres such as dub reggae (Mystic Bowie), ska (Toots Hibbert), and soul (Charles Pettigrew). Also making a cameo appearance is the synthetic, '80s-tinged keyboard sound from the group's 1981 hit "Genius of Love," which returns here to adorn a clever, robotic cover of Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby." And why shouldn't the Toms quote themselves? If this disc has half the splice potential of their debut -- which has been sampled by the likes of Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, Tupac Shakur, and Puff Daddy -- these beats, too, will go on and on.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
This aptly titled release from '80s art rockers and Talking Heads side project Tom Tom Club is indeed good, bad, and funky. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz have explored a stunning amount of musical styles within the confines of this album, with every song sounding like it was produced by a different group. The use of a variety of vocalists, including Weymouth, who at times sounds like a 16-year-old Japanese girl instead of her more mature self, as well as Mystic Bowie and Charles Pettigrew only seems to heighten the variety of sounds offered. The lyrics are simple, yet clever, and laid over a variety of sampled tracks, scratching, and other turntablism and live instrumentation. The resulting sound ranges from dub to dance-pop to spacy funk. The variety does allow for some unevenness, however, though duds like the repetitive and spare "Time to Bounce" are more than balanced by gems like "Happiness Can't Buy Money" and the instrumental cleverness of "Lesbians by the Lake," among others.
Spin Magazine - Joshua Clover
Contemporary advances in synth-funk may have left the Club sounding relatively thin, but their Tom Tomfoolery and soul classicism are still in the jam.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431060328
catalogNumber:
10603

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Performance Credits

Tom Tom Club   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Clavinet
Chris Frantz   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus,Sampling,Loops
Toots Hibbert   Vocals,Background Vocals
Abdou M'Boup   Percussion,Kora
Tina Weymouth   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Loops
Bruce Martin   Organ,Keyboards
Charles Pettigrew   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sergio Rotman   Saxophone
Bill Coleman   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bernie Worrell   Introduction
Chris Frantz   Producer
Doug McKean   Engineer
James Rizzi   Artwork
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Tina Weymouth   Producer

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