Tom Tom Club

Genius of Love

Composed by Tom Tom Club

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One of the most sampled rhythm tracks in all of hip-hop -- Grandmaster Flash copped the backing track in toto for 1982's "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)" and Mariah Carey had not one but two hit singles that lifted the rhythm -- Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" has other charms besides its immediately appealing, rubbery rhythms. For one thing, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel's animated video, which took off from the cartoony style of the Tom Tom Club album cover, was one of MTV's first classics. More importantly, the dreamy, sighing, yet curiously flat and emotionless lead vocals of Tina Weymouth and sister Laura Weymouth are in themselves wonderful and also predict the rise of singers as distinct as Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and the girls of Bananarama, to mention only two acts that could do some fascinating things with this song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tom Tom Club 1981 Real Gone Music
No Image 1990 Island 5:34
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 5:34
Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 5:34
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Live @ the Clubhouse 2002 Artist Direct Records 7:17
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
Old School Nation! 2004
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 7:28
Make the Style: Complied by Shinichi Osa 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Old School Jams, Vol. 5 2004
Various Artists
SPG 7:30
12"/'80s/2 2005
Various Artists
Family Recordings 5:34
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 4:36
Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Ultimate 16: Retro '80s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:31
Old School Celebration 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 5:34
Dance Classics: The Ultimate Collection [Universal International] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:27
The Greatest 80's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Old School Funk Celebration 2007
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:34
Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986 2008
Various Artists
Strut 5:37
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:32
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Rhino
Out Come the Freaks! An Island Post Punk Anthology 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Island Records 2:31
More 80's 100 Hits 2009
Various Artists
Demon Records / 100 Hits 3:28
Genius of Live 2010 Nacional Records 7:15
Shame 2011
Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical 3:26
Old School, Vol. 11 2011
Various Artists
Thump Records
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:34
80s Fundamentals 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 5:34
No Image
Various Artists
5:38
Nova Classics, Vols. 1-10
Various Artists
Radio Nova 3:53
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