*One of Hip Hop’s most sampled tracks is turning 30-years-old. Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” is known for its unique and harmonious perfect mix of bass, funk, and class. And everyone from Grandmaster Flash to Mariah Carey has used it.
“The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop” written by Dan Charnas explores the long use and abuse of the classic track throughout the evolution of Hip Hop, with each artist sprinkling it with his or her own flavor.
All-in-all, Tom Tom Club is certainly glad the group has made the impact it did.
“One of the most gratifying moments in my career: I was walking down [Lower Manhattan's] Houston Street, turning of the corner of 6th Avenue where the basketball courts were,” Tom Tom Club founding member and drummer Chris Frantz told Vanity Fair. “There were a lot of kids playing basketball with their boomboxes out. And every boombox was turned to WBLS blasting ‘Genius of Love.’ It felt so good, I had to stop and just watch for a while.”
The ironic thing about this track is that Frantz and his wife, Tina Weymouth, created it on a sort of fluke, as they did a little recording away from their main group, Talking Heads. The classic vocals are from Weymouth’s sisters. The track was released on their 1981 self-titled album.
Look for the group to perform the song tonight, Jan 11 on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on NBC.