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Friday 29 November 2013

Reggae's Expanding with Sly and Robbie

There have been a couple of passing references on the blogosphere recently to the Tom Tom Club the side project of Talking Head's husband and wife team of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.
All of which is a good enough excuse, as if an excuse was needed, to play the genius that is Genius of Love.
This track pays homage to a number of their heroes including Smokey Robinson, Kurtis Blow, Bob Marley and of course Sly and Robbie the legendary  Jamaican rhythm section and production duo.
The list of artists they have worked with is truly amazing.
Here are Messrs  Dunbar and Shakespeare with one of their own efforts purchased for 99p from Woollies in Campbeltown.

Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love

Sly and Robbie - Boops (Here to Go)


  1. Excellent tracks today Mr CC. And I did not know of the relationship you described yesterday.

  2. I saw Sly and Robbie at The Channel in Boston in December of 1986. The band were extraordinary. Effortless. Tighter than tight. Played for nearly three hours. Yellowman was up doing his set with them when on a single drum whack the music went from heavy bass skanking reggae to late 1950's rock and roll. They then went into a set which included Blueberry Hill, Tutti Frutti and half a dozen other rock'n'roll classics then at a crescendo, Robbie Shakespeare pulled out an amazing wobbly bassrun and the band hopped straight into "Pull Up To The Bumper".
    Truly the most stunning gig I have ever attended.