Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom

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Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom
Tom Tom Club - Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom CD album cover.jpg
Studio album by
StudioCompass Point Studios, Bahamas; Sigma Sound Studios, New York City
GenreNew wave
LabelSire/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records (U.S.)
Fontana/PolyGram Records (UK)
ProducerChris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Arthur Baker
Tom Tom Club chronology
Close to the Bone
Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom is a 1988 album by Tom Tom Club and included the band's cover of the Velvet Underground track "Femme Fatale" with David Byrne on backing vocals. The track "Suboceana" was released as a single in the UK in late 1988 and received some radio airplay. In the US, a 12-inch (5 track maxi-)single of the song was released, which featured a remix by Marshall Jefferson, and contains the track "Devil, Does Your Dog Bite". That song is a bonus (track 11) on the Japanese issue of the album that has the original 10 songs (like the European 1988 issue).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, except where noted.

  1. "Suboceana" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Laura Weymouth) – 4:53
  2. "Shock the World" – 3:51
  3. "Don't Say No" – 4:30
  4. "Challenge of the Love Warriors" (Frantz) – 3:07
  5. "Femme Fatale" (Lou Reed) – 2:48
  6. "Born for Love" – 4:24
  7. "Broken Promises" – 3:45
  8. "She Belongs to Me" (Bob Dylan) – 4:03
  9. "Little Eva" – 4:00
  10. "Mighty Teardrop" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Laura Weymouth) – 4:13

US/Canada (1989) track listing[edit]

The album was heavily revised for issue in the US and Canada. Three tracks of the original 1988 issue were dropped ("Born for Love", "Broken Promises" and "Mighty Teardrop"), while four new tracks were added ("Call of the Wild", "Kiss Me When I Get Back", "Wa Wa Dance" and "I Confess").

  1. "Call of the Wild" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Mark Roule, Gary Pozner) mixed by Gary Wilkinson
  2. "Kiss Me When I Get Back" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Mark Roule, Gary Pozner) mixed by Louis Scalise
  3. "Wa Wa Dance" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Mark Roule, Gary Pozner) mixed by Gary Wilkinson
  4. "I Confess" (Tina Weymouth, Frantz, Mark Roule, Gary Pozner) mixed by David Sussman
  5. "Challenge of the Love Warriors"
  6. "Suboceana"
  7. "Don't Say No"
  8. "Shock the World"
  9. "Little Eva"
  10. "Femme Fatale"
  11. "She Belongs to Me" (on CD version only) mixed by Mark Roule


  • Tina Weymouth - bass, keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals; harmonium on "Femme Fatale"
  • Chris Frantz - drums, keyboards, percussion, front cover painting
  • Mark Roule - guitar, background vocals
  • Gary Pozner - keyboards, drum programming, percussion, background vocals
  • Laura Weymouth - background vocals
  • Wally Badarou - Synclavier on "Challenge of the Love Warriors" and Bell keyboards on "Broken Promises"
  • Steve Scales - bongos, percussion on "Challenge of the Love Warriors"
  • Jerry Harrison - keyboards, background vocals on "Femme Fatale"
  • Lou Reed - guitar, background vocals on "Femme Fatale"
  • David Byrne - guitar, background vocals on "Femme Fatale"
  • Eddie Martinez - guitar on "Born for Love"
  • Jay Berliner - Spanish guitar on "Broken Promises"
  • Glenn Rosenstein - rhythm guitar on "Born for Love", keyboards on "She Belongs to Me"
  • Heidi Berg - violin on "Little Eva"
  • Coco Arnesen Roule - vocals on "Call of the Wild"
  • Tiny Valentine - vocals on "Wa Wa Dance"

Engineered and mixed by Glenn Rosenstein
Additional engineering by Mark Roule and Steven Stanley

Chart performance[edit]

The album spent 11 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #114 in May 1989.[3]


  1. ^ "Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom - Tom Tom Club - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Tom Tom Club". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Billboard 200: Tom Tom Club". Billboard. 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017.