Tom Tom Club (album)

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Tom Tom Club
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ReleasedOctober 1981 [1]
RecordedNovember 1980 – April 1981
Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre Funk [2]
Label US: Sire/Warner Bros. Records
UK: Island/PolyGram Records
Argentina: A&M
Australia: Mercury Records
Producer Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Steven Stanley
Tom Tom Club chronology
Tom Tom Club
Close to the Bone
Singles from Tom Tom Club
  1. "Wordy Rappinghood"
    Released: February 1981
  2. "Genius of Love"
    Released: September 1981
  3. "On, On, On, On..." / "L'éléphant"
    Released: January 1982 (Japan only)
  4. "Under the Boardwalk"
    Released: June 1982
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The Village Voice A− [2]

Tom Tom Club is the debut studio album by Tom Tom Club, released in 1981, containing the UK hit singles "Wordy Rappinghood", which reached No. 7 in June 1981; "Genius of Love", which reached No. 65 in October of the same year; and "Under the Boardwalk", which reached No. 22 in August 1982. When released in the United States, "Genius of Love" peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. [7] Both "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Genius of Love" topped the US dance chart.


The album was re-released on May 19, 2009, as a part of a two-CD deluxe package with the band's second album, Close to the Bone . The album was further reissued on Limited Edition white vinyl by Real Gone Music on March 1, 2019.

Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 87 on its Best Albums of the 1980s list. [8]

Track listing

Composer credits as registered with ASCAP or APRA: all works by Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Adrian Belew and Steven Stanley, unless otherwise noted below. [9] [10]

LP version

Side 1

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" (Tina Weymouth, Lani Weymouth, Laura Weymouth, Frantz, Stanley) – 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" – 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" (Belew, Frantz) – 1:25
  4. "L'éléphant" – 4:50

Side 2

  1. "As Above, So Below" – 5:23
  2. "Lorelei" (Tina Weymouth, Laura Weymouth, Frantz, Belew, Stanley) – 5:05
  3. "On, On, On, On..." (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Belew) – 3:33
  4. "Booming and Zooming" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Belew) – 4:32

Cassette version

Side 1

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood"
  2. "Genius of Love"
  3. "Tom Tom Theme"
  4. "L'éléphant"

Side 2

  1. "As Above, So Below"
  2. "Lorelei" (Remix)
  3. "On, On, On, On..."
  4. "Under the Boardwalk" (Kenny Young, Arthur Resnick)

CD version

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" – 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" – 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" – 1:24
  4. "L'éléphant" – 4:51
  5. "As Above, So Below" – 5:22
  6. "Lorelei" – 5:05
  7. "On, On, On, On..." – 3:33
  8. "Booming and Zooming" – 4:35
  9. "Under the Boardwalk" – 5:46
  10. "Lorelei" (Remix) – 6:17
  11. "Wordy Rappinghood" (Long version) – 6:42
  12. "Genius of Love" (Long version) – 7:26

Deluxe edition CD1

  1. "Wordy Rappinghood" – 6:27
  2. "Genius of Love" – 5:34
  3. "Tom Tom Theme" – 1:24
  4. "L'éléphant" – 4:51
  5. "As Above, So Below" – 5:22
  6. "Lorelei" (Album version) – 5:05
  7. "On, On, On, On..." – 3:33
  8. "Booming and Zooming" – 4:35
  9. "Under the Boardwalk" – 5:46
  10. "On, On, On, On..." (Remix) – 3:44
  11. "Lorelei" (Remix) – 6:17
  12. "Spooks" (Single version) – 6:32
  13. "Elephant" (Single version) – 5:12
  14. "(You Don't Stop) Wordy Rappinghood" (Single version) – 4:08


Tom Tom Club



Sales chart performance of Tom Tom Club
Australia (Kent Music Report) [12] 51
UK Albums Chart [13] 78
United States Billboard 200 [14] 23


Sales certifications Tom Tom Club
United States (RIAA) [14] Gold

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