Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood

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  "Wordy Rappinghood" is a song by American new wave band Tom Tom Club. The song was the lead single from the band's debut studio album, Tom Tom Club. It uses part of a traditional Moroccan children's song and game, "A Ram Sam Sam". In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart along with "Genius of Love".

 
 

Structure, instrumentation and production

The song opens with the sound of a typewriter and features jarring synthesizer chords and a distinctive drum break. The words of the fifth verse are spoken in French: "Mots pressés, mots sensés, mots qui disent la vérité, mots maudits, mots mentis, mots qui manquent le fruit d'esprit" which translate as: "hurried words, sensible words, words that tell the truth, cursed words, lying words, words that are missing the fruit of the mind."

Tine Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club had bought a house in Nassau, Bahamas, next door to Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Records, and it was Blackwell who arranged the recording in his Compass Point Studios. Frantz and Weymouth brought in Steven Stanley, a 21-year-old keyboard player who had been the sound engineer on Ian Dury's album "Lord Upminster", and bass player, Monte Browne, a former member of T-Connection.

 

Track listings

  • European 7" single
A. "Wordy Rappinghood" – 3:50
B. "Wordy Rappinghood" (You Don't Ever Stop) – 4:05

 

Chart performance

Chart (1981–1982) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1
France (IFOP) 9
Ireland (IRMA) 10
Italy (FIMI) 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 35
Spain (AFYVE) 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 7
US Billboard Bubbling Under the Top 100 105
US Billboard Disco Top 80 1

 

 

 

 

Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood / (You Don't Stop) Wordy Rappinghood

UK Island WIP 6694 (1981).

Record produced by C. Frantz and S. Stanley.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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