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Any Dick or Harry can get funky with the Tom Tom Club's first recording in eight years.

Despite the fact that Perry never actually appears on the album, he's one of the many beacons the Toms felt like honoring. The inclusion of so many influences, however, does cause the disc to occasionally suffer from a lack of focus -- something that having one designated songwriter might have remedied. On the other hand, credit Weymouth and Frantz for adhering to their long-held belief that art -- be it in a coloring book or the Sistine Chapel -- ultimately comes from people feeding off one another's ideas. Consider the fact that a fifteen-year-old turntablist named Kid Ginseng -- who sat in on a few Funky tracks -- would have joined the tour if not for the rigors of school and a 10 p.m. curfew.

They like the music, they like the disco sound: Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club.
They like the music, they like the disco sound: Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club.

"It's all good," Weymouth says with a youthful zeal. "There's so much good art out there. We don't pretend that we created all alone. This record is about picking up the pieces and starting again -- even if we have to be like Sisyphus, who has to push his rock up, over and over again. I guess there's a point to that. Those myths exist for a real reason. They exist to help people."

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