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- Posted on Oct 15th 2010 11:30AM by Kenneth Partridge
'Genius' might not have been written for wage slaves, but Thursday, when bassist and frontwoman Tina Weymouth sang the line, "What you gonna do when you get out of jail?" many in the room were probably thinking of cubicle walls, not prison bars.
"I'm gonna have some fun!" the audience responded, watching as Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz -- the married pair that made its name as the rhythm section in Talking Heads -- led the seven-piece band through the song's bittersweet quasi-hip-hop bounce.
At a Tom Tom Club show, you come for 'Genius,' but you stay for the other tunes. The best of the rest included 'Wordy Rappinghood,' a goofy rap jam nearly as good as Blondie's 'Rapture'; a spare, spiky cover of 'Under the Boardwalk,' complete with turntable whooshes; and 'Who Feelin' It?' a 2000 number that picks up where 'Genius' left off.
The ska song 'She's Dangerous,' also from 2000's 'The Good, the Bad, and the Funky,' the band's most recent studio album, found Jamaican vocalist Mystic Bowie standing in for Frankie "Toots" Hibbert, who sings on the record. On 'Le'Elephant,' Weymouth and singer Victoria Clamp went bilingual, singing, "Kill, kill, kill," among other phrases, in French, foreshadowing the night's triumphant closer.
That finale: the Talking Heads classic 'Psycho Killer.' Weymouth and Frantz founded the Tom Tom Club in 1980, a few years after it was recorded, and if their side project has specialized in fuller bodied, less geeky grooves, singing along to "Q'est que c'est?" never gets old. The most awkwardly funky song of 1977 retains its crown 33 years later.