Tom Tom Club

Genius of Love

Composed by Adrian Belew / Chris Frantz / Tina Weymouth

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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 Sire / Universal Distribution / Island / Universal 5:39