Price paid: $3
Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY
I tell you he was a masterpiece
“How are you?”, says I
“Just cool.”, says he
It’s fairly common knowledge that The Tom Tom Club were started as a side project by Talking Heads’ members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. Details on the band’s history and accomplishments will undoubtedly be covered in greater detail in future blog posts; suffice it to say that the band’s longevity has outlasted the Heads, their most recent album ‘Downtown Rockers’ was released in 2012.
Admittedly their greatest period of activity and chart success was in the early 80s with a string of strong singles including ‘The Pleasure of Love’, ‘Wordy Rappinghood’, and this single. ‘Pleasure of Love’ was the second (and last) single from their 1983 album ‘Close to the Bone.’ It reached #23 on the US Dance charts, but sadly found little success abroad.
The sleeve art is a nervous rainbow riot of urban life which rhythmically compliments the tone of the song. It was designed by Brooklyn artist James Rizzi, who would help define the early 80s visual tone of the band through several sleeve designs and video animation for ‘Genius of Love’ and this single. Rizzi’s work is know for its dense style littered with anthropomorphic subjects, not totally dissimilar to NYC artist Kenny Scharf.