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Tom Tom Club surprised but happy with 30-year history

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When Chris Frantz and his wife, Tina Weymouth, formed Tom Tom Club 30 years ago as an adjunct to their “day job” with Talking Heads, they never would have guessed that it would still be going three decades later.

Nor, Frantz adds, “that 30 years later Tom Tom Club would still be going and Talking Heads is not. ”

“It’s been a good run,” the drummer says of Tom Tom Club’s five albums and defining 1981 hits “Wordy Rappinghood” and “Genius of Love.”

“We still have very fond feelings and ... fantastic memories about our humble beginnings and how much fun we had making those records. And we continue.”

Frantz and Weymouth, both 60, are, in fact, working on new music for Tom Tom Club — including a remake of “Love Tape” by the Spanish electronica group the Pinker Tones, which was recorded for a tribute album — which they expect to have out in late fall. But Frantz says a few tracks for an EP are more likely rather than a full album.

“We’re not really thinking in terms of albums anymore,” he explains. “We’re thinking in terms of singles and EPs, and if we have enough EPs that sound good, then we’ll put them together for an album. It seems like most people are just interested in hearing a good song these days.”

And, he adds, there are other songs that might surface under another name that he and Weymouth, “haven’t rally figured out, exactly, although we’re thinking of calling it Chris Und Tina. Not everything we do is appropriate for Tom Tom Club. When people think of Tom Tom Club, they expect something dancey and bright, and some of our stuff is darker than that.”

Tom Tom Club performs at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, on the Michigan Lottery Main Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak. Admission is $3. Visit www.artsbeatseats.com.

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