Tom Tom Club’s Chris Frantz on Paris, Pizza & Other Alt Essentials

Chris Frantz has been essential in the shaping of music for the last four decades. In the ‘80s it was through the emergence of new wave with his seminal group, Talking Heads. In the ‘90s it was through the extensive sampling of his influential side-project-turned-main-project, Tom Tom Club, particularly 1981’s “Genius of Love.” Inarguably the group’s most recognizable song, it continues to inspire to the present day.

The first samples of “Genius of Love” showed up at the time of its release in 1981 with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “It’s Nasty (Genius of Love).” Mariah Carey’s 1995 multi-platinum No. 1 smash “Fantasy” was based entirely around “Genius

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