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Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

Genius of Love

Tom Tom Club
80s new wave pop dance alternative


"Genius of Love" is a 1981 song by Tom Tom Club from their eponymous debut album, Tom Tom Club. Song "Genius of Love" was Tom Tom Club's second single. Although the album had not been released in North America, over a hundred thousand copies of the single sold as imports from Island Records's UK, at which point Sire Records made a deal to release the single and the album in North America in late 1981. "Genius of Love" was a huge hit making the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (Peaking at #31), in the clubs and on the R&B and dance charts, soon earning the Tom Tom Club LP a Gold Sales Award in 1982. Despite its relatively low chart position in the United Kingdom, the song received a great deal of airplay on UK radio and became a club favorite in Britain, helped by the popularity of the accompanying video. A song based on the keyboards-and-bass rhythm in "Genius of Love" was used in a long-running TV advertising campaign in the UK by the Bird's desserts company in the second half of the 1980s, the commercials featuring a spin on the psychedelic animation of the Tom Tom Club video using rudimentary CGI. In 2002 it was also used in a popular TV commercial for Kia cars. The song's narrator implies that her boyfriend is a "maven of funk mutation" and compares him to James Brown, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Hamilton Bohannon, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sly and Robbie, and Kurtis Blow. Tom Tom Club appeared in the 1984 Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense performing "Genius of Love," although this incarnation of the group did not include Tina Weymouth's sisters Laura and Lani. Director Jonathan Demme added "Genius of Love" to the concert primarily so that David Byrne could exit the stage and change into his oversized suit, and he assured Weymouth that the performance would not be included on the final cut of the film. When Weymouth saw an early screening of the film she was thus surprised and irritated to see "Genius of Love," but Demme refused to change anything before the official release.


Tom Tom Club is a project by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who were also members of Talking Heads. They began recording albums in 1981 and have enjoyed some success with classic songs such as "Genius of Love" "Under the Boardwalk" "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Pleasure of Love". Show more ...

Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

-'What you gonna do when you get out of jail? '
"I'm gonna have some fun"
-'What do you consider fun? '
"Fun, Natural Fun."

I'm in heaven
With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend.
There's no beginning and there is no end.
Time isn't present in that dimension.
He'll take my arm
When we're walkin', rolling and rocking.
It's one time I'm glad I'm not a man.
Feels like I'm dreaming, but I'm not sleeping.

I'm in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton's musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin' and skankin' to Bob Marley
Reggae's expanding with Sly and Robbie

Ipsimama... Ipsimama

All the weekend
Boyfriend was missing
I surely miss him
The way he'd hold me in his warm arms
We went insane when we took cocaine.

...[foreign language]...
Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon
Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon
Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow.
Who needs to think when your feet just go?
With a hiditihi and a hipitiho
Who needs to think when your feet just go
Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon
Who needs to think when your feet just go
Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon Bohannon
James Brown, James Brown
James Brown, James Brown

If you see him
Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend.
Well he's the genius of love
He's got a greater depth of feeling
Well he's the genius of love
He's so deep.



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