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Tom Tom Club in conversation & guest mix from The Rapture

Record label boss and electro enthusiast Mark Jones is joined by new wave duo Tom Tom Club, who talk about their musical inspirations.

In the latest of his occasional series of 6 Mixes exploring synthesised music past and present, record label boss and electro enthusiast Mark Jones is joined by new wave duo Tom Tom Club to talk about their musical inspirations. Originally formed as a side project of Talking Heads by husband-and-wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Tom Tom Club found success in the emergent dance music scene of the 1980s, going on to have crossover hits with 'Wordy Rappinghood' and 'Genius of Love.' The latter would go on to be sampled a huge range of artists, most famously Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. The duo tell Mark about how the band formed, the early 1980s New York clubbing scene which made them famous and the music which informed their sound including tracks from ZAPP, James Brown and Manu Dibango. Bringing it up to date in the last 30 minutes, there's a guest mix from New York dance-punk band The Rapture whose new album 'In The Grace Of Your Love' carries the torch of 80s dance music into 2011, referencing Tom Tom Club and early house music. Mark also takes time to preview the synth based acts appearing at this year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight, which takes place next week.

2 hours

Music Played

  • DEVO

    Whip It

  • The Rapture

    How Deep Is Your Love?

  • Talking Heads

    Once In A Lifetime

  • Erasure

    When I Start To (Break It All Down)

  • Bestival 2011 Preview

    • Big Audio Dynamite


    • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs


    • Blancmange

      Living On The Ceiling

  • Tom Tom Club In Conversation

    • Tom Tom Club

      Wordy Rappinghood

    • Booker T. & The MG’s

      Green Onions

    • James Brown

      I Got You (I Feel Good)

    • The Beach Boys

      Good Vibrations

    • Cream

      Sunshine Of Your Love

    • Manu Dibango

      Soul Makossa

    • Kraftwerk

      Trans-Europe Express

    • Zapp

      More Bounce To The Ounce

    • M

      Pop Muzik

    • Fitz and The Tantrums

      Money Grabber

    • Tom Tom Club

      Genius Of Love (Money Mark remix)

  • Luke From The Rapture's Gospel Mixtape

    • Albertina Walker

      Till You Come

    • Dorothy Love Coates

      I Won't Let Go

    • Stella Burke

      No Time To Spare The Lord

    • Clara Ward & The Ward Singers

      Someone Bigger Than You

    • Cassieta George

      Walk Around Heaven Each Day

    • Bessie Griffin

      I Just Have To Call His Name

    • Imogene Green

      Every Now And Then

    • Jessie Mae Renfro

      By And By

    • Bessie Griffin

      Since I Met Jesus