Downtown Rockers (2012) Print
Discography
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:05

On September 11th 2012, released 'Downtown Rockers', their first new material in more than decade.  The EP features 6 new songs, and wase released digitally and on vinyl.

'Downtown Rockers' features Tom Tom Club’s characteristic upbeat fusion of electro and funk.  Chris Frantz explains, "We recorded the basic tracks soon after Tom Tom Club toured with the Psychedelic Furs in October of 2011 at our home studio. These tracks were built from improvised jam sessions with Bruce Martin on keyboards and Pablo Martin on guitar, Tina Weymouth on bass and Chris Frantz on drums. This is the same way we began "Remain In Light" with Talking Heads. This time our only instruction to the other players was to keep the parts simple with lots of space like Booker T. and the MGs would do."

The lead single "Downtown Rockers" pays tribute to the many bands that created the downtown music scene in New York City in the 70's from The Velvet Underground to the Talking Heads. The song was mixed by Ed Stasium, who also recorded and mixed Talking Heads '77 and umpteen Ramones classics.  Arthur Baker, who has worked with Tom Tom Club in the 80s, also produced a dance remix of "Downtown Rockers".

Tracks:

  • Downtown Rockers
  • Won't Give you Up
  • You Make me Rock and Roll
  • Kissin' Antonio
  • Sweets to the Sweet
  • Love Tape
  • Downtown Rockers (E-Dub Remix)
  • Won't Give you Up (Instrumental)
  • You Make me Rock and Roll (Instrumental)
  • Kissin' Antonio (Instrumental)
  • Sweets to the Sweet (Instrumental)
  • Downtown Rockers (Instrumental)

The first five tracks are available on vinyl , the rest only in the digital package.

In February 2013, "Downtown Rockers" was released on CD in Japan only. The CD comes with all the bonus tracks from the digital edition.