Close to the Bone (Tom Tom Club album)

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Close to the Bone
Tom Tom Club - Close to the Bone.jpg
Studio album by Tom Tom Club
Released July 1983
Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre New wave, funk
Length 37:32
Label US: Sire/Warner Bros. Records
UK: Island/PolyGram Records (non US)
Argentina: A&M
Producer Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Steven Stanley
Tom Tom Club chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Close to the Bone is an album by the Tom Tom Club that was released in 1983. The Tom Tom Club's musicians were: Wally Badarou, Tyrone Downie, Chris Frantz, Roddy Frantz, Rupert Hine, Raymond Jones, Steve Scales, Steven Stanley, Alex Weir; and sisters Lani, Laura and Tina Weymouth. The album was released on compact disc for the first time on May 19, 2009, as a part of a two-CD deluxe package with the band's first album, Tom Tom Club, as part of Universal Music's deluxe editions series.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pleasure of Love" – 6:33
  2. "On the Line Again" – 4:56
  3. "This Is a Foxy World" – 3:39
  4. "Bamboo Town" – 3:56
  5. "The Man With the 4-Way Hips" – 5:48
  6. "Measure Up" – 5:05
  7. "Never Took a Penny" – 3:33
  8. "Atsababy! (Life Is Great)" – 4:02

Bonus tracks:

  1. "The Man With the 4-Way Hips" (extended version)
  2. "Pleasure of Love" (instrumental)
  3. "The Man With the 4-Way Hips" (dub version)
  4. "Yella" (Mr. Yella Version)

Chart performance[edit]

The album spent 13 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #73 in early September 1983.[3]


Two tracks from the album were released as singles, "Pleasure of Love" and "The Man With The 4-Way Hips", the latter reaching number 82 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1983.[4]


Tom Tom Club


  1. ^ "Close to the Bone - 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. 
  4. ^ "Tom Tom Club", Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2015