Song 21 Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love, 1981

'Watcha gonna do when you get out of jail? I'm gonna have some fun! What do you consider fun? Fun! Natural fun!' Has to be the best opening to anything, ever. And is this song adorable, or what? Even if it reminds me of something you'd see on Sesame Street, except they're talking about getting out of jail, and drugs (on the longer versions), not to think about it too much. Anyway, there's a singing doggie. If this tune sounds familiar to you, that's because it probably is: according to Wikipedia, 'Genius of Love' was one of the most sampled songs of the 80s and later went on to be chewed up and reused by everyone from Mariah Carey to 50 Cent. These days I think of it as the inspiration for the barely suppressed urge I get at times to skip up to co-workers and total strangers and ask them what they're gonna do when they get out of jail. Good thing I've been able to keep a lid on it so far - I get the feeling nobody will ever give me the answer I'm looking for.

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