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Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom (1988) PDF Print E-mail
Discography
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 12:19

bbcbbFour years after Tom Tom Club's second album "Close to the Bone", the first version of Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom was released in Europe. By this stage, the band's non-US deal with Island had expired and the album was released outside the US on Fontana/PolyGram Records. On the album, the group adapted a more conventional rock style with a harder edged sound and a hint of menace in the lyrics of some songs.

Whereas the previous two albums had been recorded by a loose collective of a dozen musicians, the Tom Tom Club was now reduced to the trio of Weymouth, Frantz and Weymouth's sister Laura Weymouth. There were, however, a number of prominent guest musicians on the record, including Lou Reed and Talking Heads' front man David Byrne on a cover of Reed's "Femme Fatale". The fourth member of Talking Heads, Jerry Harrison, also featured on some tracks.

As with Close to the Bone, the album was not a commercial success although both singles "Don't Say No" and "Suboceana" received quite some radio play, mainly in the UK. The album was the first Tom Tom Club album to be issued on CD and the Japanese CD version featured an added bonus track, the b-side "Devil, Does Your Dog Bite?" which was also featured on the soundtrack for the Jonathan Demme film "Married to the Mob". "Suboceana" was also remixed for dance clubs by house-music pioneer Marshall Jefferson.

The following year Tom Tom Club and Sire decided to issue a radically altered version of the album in the US. The US version of Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom replaced four songs with four others, one of which, "I Confess," was a total overhaul of the original album's "Mighty Teardrop." The running order of the rest of the album was shuffled while the artwork was revamped. Remixes of "Call of the Wild" were released on 12" vinyl only, with live recordings of Tom Tom Club's classic hits "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood" as bonus tracks.

Tracks:

European release:

- Suboceana
- Shock The World
- Don't Say No
- Challenge Of The Love Warriors
- Femme Fatale
- Born For Love
- Broken Promises
- She Belongs To Me
- Little Eva
- Mighty Teardrops

US release:

- Call Of The Wild
- Kiss Me When I Get Back
- Wa Wa Dance
- I Confess (= new version of 'Mighty Teardrops')
- Challenge Of The Love Warriors
- Suboceana
- Don't Say No
- Shock The World
- Little Eva
- Femme Fatale
- She Belongs To Me

 

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