It’s not uncommon for rock bands to want to branch out from their signature sound and try something new. Sometimes it’s a disaster, remember Garth Brooks’ Chris Gaines persona. But sometimes a side project band becomes even more popular than the original band. Take Corey Taylor’s Stone Sour, a more radio-friendly rock band that served as a major departure from the Heavy Metal theatrics of Slipknot. In 1981, two members of The Talking Heads got a chance to experiment with a lighter New Wave dance pop style when they founded The Tom Tom Club. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz struck gold with their self-titled debut album.
“GENIUS OF LOVE” The Tom Tom Club
“Genius Of Love” went straight to #1 and a cover of “Under The Boardwalk” hit #31 on the charts. Their breezy synth-pop style stood in stark contrast to the more cerebral punk-influenced sound of The Talking Heads. After a sixteen year run, The Talking Heads broke up in 1991 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Surprisingly, the side project band outlived their creator, as The Tom Tom Club still continue to release new material after all these years. Their last CD, Downtown Rockers, came out in 2012. The band’s lineup has changed multiple times over the years but Tina and Chris have never stopped making new music.