Genius of Love

Tom Tom Club

About Genius of Love

"Genius of Love" is a 1981 hit song by Tom Tom Club from their 1981 eponymous debut album. It reached number one on the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart.


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What you gonna do when you get out of jail?
I'm gonna have some fun
What do you consider fun?
Fun, natural fun

I'm in heaven
With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend
There's no beginning and there is no end
Time isn't present in that dimension
He'll take my arm
When we're walkin', rolling and rocking
It's one time I'm glad I'm not a man
Feels like I'm dreaming, but I'm not sleeping

I'm in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton's musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin' and shakin' to Bob Marley
Reggae's expanding with Sly and Robbie

All the weekend
Boyfriend was missing
I surely miss him
The way he'd hold me in his warm arms
We went insane when we took cocaine.

Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow
Who needs to think when your feet just go
With a hiditihi and a hipitiho
Who needs to think when your feet just go ...
Who needs to think when your feet just go ...
James Brown, James Brown
James Brown, James Brown

If you see him
Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend
Well he's the genius of love
He's got a greater depth of feeling
Well he's the genius of love
He's so deep.

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Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club is an American New Wave band founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both also known for being members of Talking Heads. more »

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Written by: Tina Weymouth, Christopher Frantz, Adrian Belew, Steven J.C. Stanley

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group

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8 facts about this song

Song and Music Video
"Genius of Love" was released in 1981 by "Tom Tom Club," a side project formed by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, two members of the popular band "Talking Heads." - The song's music video was one of the first to incorporate animations, and it was showcased as part of the first-year broadcast on MTV.
Commercial Success
It reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance chart, establishing Tom Tom Club's presence in the music world. - The single achieved a certified gold status by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.
Musical Style
"Genius of Love" is characterized by its unique fusion of Afrobeat, reggae, and funk, which made it stand out musically at the time. - It is best known for its catchy refrain “I'm in heaven, with my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend.”
Critical Acclaim
Critics often applaud "Genius of Love" for its innovative sound that inspired a new wave of dance-oriented pop music. - The single has been recognized as one of the classic tracks of the early 80s, appreciated for its ingenuity and its earthy, infectious rhythm.
Influence and Legacy
"Genius of Love" has been extensively sampled by various artists, such as Mariah Carey in her number one hit "Fantasy," and Tupac Shakur in his song "High Speed." - The song is still revered as a classic in the genre, having been featured in different media over the years, like the popular movie "Bridget Jones's Baby." - It continues to be a popular choice on music-streaming platforms and radio, indicating its long-lasting appeal.
Recording and Production
The song was recorded in the Bahamas at Compass Point Studios, a sought-after recording studio during the early '80s. - It was produced by Weymouth, Frantz, along with Steven Stanley, a renowned record producer.
Lyrics & Inspiration
The lyrics include references to multiple influential musicians, including James Brown and Bob Marley. - It's noted that the song was inspired by the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City.
Live Performance
"Genius of Love" has been performed numerous times in various live settings by Tom Tom Club, often as the highlight of their live shows. - The Talking Heads also included it in their Speaking in Tongues tour in 1983.

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