"If only they would buy the records, too!" Weymouth laments. "Everyone would like to be on the radio and selling records because there's a security in it. You have to elicit the interest of the pedophiles now to do that. It's a cliché to say video killed the radio star, but video is killing the video star, too! It's killing everybody."
Even the past is not safe: Only the first and the most recent of Tom Tom Club's five albums are in print; the other three are in limbo. Close to the Bonehas never had a release on compact disc, and nothing from Dark Sneak Love Action or Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom is included in the group's live show. A Tom Tom Club "best of" had to be scrapped in 1999 because none of the master tapes could be located. Even the original 24-track masters for "Wordy Rappinghood" and "Genius of Love" are missing, eliminating the possibility of remixing them.
9:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, Tickets cost $12.50. Call 954-564-1074.
Hear a sample from the interview with Tina Weymouth
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The Culture Room, 3045 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale
The current Tom Tom Club tour (which brings the band to Florida for the first time) may well be Tom Tom Club's last stand. "We may never come back again," cautions Weymouth. But the group plans to go out grooving. "In a live situation, this is a beautiful band," she adds. "It's very tight, with a funky, loose feeling at the same time. It's gonna feel good."