Chris Frantz Says

Chris Frantz: We recorded Genius of Live in front of an audience of friends and neighbors just after September 11. 2001, which was a desperate time in America. We were hoping to counteract the bad feeling by having some good, funky rock and roll music, but the record never got a proper release. So about a year ago our friend Tomas Cookman [who runs Nacional Records] said, “I’ve been playing this live record and people keep saying, ‘Who’s that? That sounds really badass.’” So we agreed to have him re-release it with a bunch of remixes, including some by these Latin Alternative artists. The first two Tom Tom Club albums were big in Latin America, which I had forgotten about.


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