Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth will celebrate 30 years of the Tom Tom Club next month. The couple will perform their hit “Genius Of Love” on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on January 11. Tom Tom Club performed the song on Soul Train during its first TV appearance in 1983. Tom Tom Club is touring in support of its new album Genius of Live.
“Tina and I had our first dates in art school watching Soul Train on my little portable black and white TV,” Chris Frantz said in a statement. “So Soul Train was an important television program to us. To be invited onto the show to perform was almost unbelievable. We played ‘Genius Of Love’ on the show one morning in L.A. and shot ‘Stop Making Sense” that night with Talking Heads at The Pantages Theater. You could say it was a very big day. Now, with the release of Genius of Live, we are excited to be playing ‘Genius Of Love’ on the Jimmy Fallon Show, one of the coolest shows on TV today.”
The band’s anniversary will continue with an appearance at New York’s Irving Plaza on January 12. Talking Heads—Frantz and Weymouth’s other successful project—was the first rock band to headline Irving Plaza in 1978. “At that time, our manager was looking for the right place for us to play, somewhere in size between CBGBs and the Beacon Theater,” Frantz continues. “He took us to see Irving Plaza and we agreed that it was perfect. It had been an Eastern European social hall and included all the right ingredients for some great shows. So, our manager promoted the show himself and it was a huge success. The next band to play there were our friends The B52s. It became THE place to play when you had graduated from CBGBs. It will be a blast to return there with Tom Tom Club.”