Posted in music | pictures | video on July 1, 2008

photos by Zach Dilgard

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club played after Dan Deacon and before Devo at McCarren Pool last week. They were fun. The highlight for everyone seemed to be their hit "Genius of Love". The low point for me was a cover they did towards the end. I can't remember which song, but it was a popular song, and it made me think "wedding band" more than "this group contains two original Talking Heads members". Speaking of which, they also played "Take Me To The River", the Talking Heads song that is actually an Al Green song. Tom Tom Club's reggae frontman Mystic Bowie sang on that one. He has a great voice, and I wouldn't call that cover bad. It was actually okay, but it wasn't even close to as good (obviously) as it would have been had David Byrne been singing it with the same bass player and drummer. The show wasn't free, unless you happened to know someone who lived nearby with roof access. Check out "Take Me To The River" as it looked and sounded from very high up...

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

Tom Tom Club @ McCarren Pool

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Comments (22)


is that a mint green hoffner bass that tina is playing? wtf?


Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:13 PM

I wish that camera zoomed in so I could see me and my pals. Tom Tom Club was not my thing. I used to listen to them but their live show felt like something for a cheezy European festival.

Posted by GZA | July 1, 2008 2:16 PM

^ yes, i think the term you're searching for is HAS BEEN.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:17 PM

Wow..Tina looks pretty good for a woman almost 50..Kim Deal take note

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:18 PM

tom tom club was an awful, awful fit for this show. and their sound was off (as was dan deacon's).

Posted by MonsoonSeason | July 1, 2008 2:26 PM

These ladies has aged even better than Duran Duran

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:27 PM

the cheesy cover song was 'You Sexy Thing' by Hot Chocolate, and yes... it felt like a wedding band. I liked the rest of their set though, especially 'Wordy Rappinghood'.

Posted by jp | July 1, 2008 2:27 PM

the bad cover was "i believe in miracles".

yeah and take me to the river was unnecessary nostalgia, esp. since there were still some great tom tom club songs that they didn't play.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:27 PM

so is the video of a view from some douche bag's $1 million condo on McCarren Park?

Posted by butternuts | July 1, 2008 2:34 PM

that show sounds horrible
and like it should have been free. what were there like 45 people there?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:39 PM

Click the name to watch the full song "Genius of Love" in high rez!

Posted by Genius of Love | July 1, 2008 2:40 PM

the guy might not be a douche bag. he could be very nice and generous.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:59 PM

"what were there like 45 people there?"

If you watch the video, you will see more than 45 people.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:09 PM

ok, maybe 50 people

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:32 PM

that black dude's pants are unreal....
wasn't he in Living Colour ?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:33 PM

Did they do Wordy Rappinghood?

Dug 'em when they opened for T. Heads at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium back in '83. I think they did the same cover song then...

fyi - the Tennis Stadium was a great (if not too comfortable) outdoor music venue. Bowery/Live Nation/ToddP take note.

Posted by drewo | July 1, 2008 3:47 PM

back in '83.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:52 PM

maybe '84. They reprised Burning Down The House for the encore. Just sayin'.

Posted by drewo | July 1, 2008 4:52 PM

stop---hammer time.

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Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:35 PM

tina weymouth looks great.

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