Tina Weymouth

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Tina Weymouth
Weymouth in 1977, performing with Talking Heads at Jay's Longhorn Bar in Minneapolis, MN. Photo credit Michael Markos
Weymouth in 1977, performing with Talking Heads at Jay's Longhorn Bar in Minneapolis, MN. Photo credit Michael Markos
Background information
Birth nameMartina Michèle Weymouth
Born (1950-11-22) November 22, 1950 (age 71)[1]
Coronado, California, U.S.
GenresNew wave, post-punk, art pop, funk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, author
Instrument(s)Vocals, bass, synthesizer, guitar
Years active1975–present
LabelsEMI, Sire
External video
video icon "Tina Weymouth Tribute Film, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Martina Michèle Weymouth (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and a founding member and bassist of the new wave group Talking Heads and its side project Tom Tom Club, which she co-founded with her husband, Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz.[2] In 2002, Weymouth was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Talking Heads.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Coronado, California, Weymouth is the daughter of Laura Bouchage and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth. The third of seven children, her siblings include Lani and Laura Weymouth, who are collaborators in Tina's band Tom Tom Club, and architect Yann Weymouth, the designer of the Salvador Dalí Museum. Weymouth is of French heritage on her mother's side (she is the great-granddaughter of Anatole Le Braz, a Breton writer).[4][5]

When she was 12, Weymouth joined the Potomac English Hand Bell Ringers, an amateur music group directed by Nancy Tufts, and toured with them. At 14, she started to teach herself the guitar.[6][7]

Talking Heads[edit]

As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, she met Chris Frantz and David Byrne, who formed a band called the Artistics. She began dating Frantz and served as the band's driver. After graduation, the three of them moved to New York City. Since Byrne and Frantz were unable to find a suitable bass guitar player she joined them at the latter's request, and began learning and playing the instrument.

As a bass player she combined the minimalist art-punk bass lines of groups such as Wire and Pere Ubu with danceable, funk-inflected riffs to provide the bedrock of Talking Heads' signature sound.[8]

Other musical activities[edit]

Weymouth playing with the Tom Tom Club, 1986

Full members of the Compass Point All Stars, Weymouth and Frantz formed the Tom Tom Club in 1980, which kept them busy during a fairly long hiatus in Talking Heads activity. When it became obvious that Talking Heads frontman David Byrne had no interest in another Talking Heads album, Weymouth, Frantz, and Jerry Harrison reunited without him for a single album called No Talking, Just Head under the name "The Heads" in 1996, featuring a rotating cast of vocalists. Weymouth has been critical of Byrne, describing him as "a man incapable of returning friendship".[9]

She co-produced the Happy Mondays' 1992 album Yes Please! and contributed backing vocals and percussion for the alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz on their track "19-2000".

Weymouth was a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[10] She collaborated with Chicks on Speed on their cover of the Tom Tom Club's "Wordy Rappinghood" for their album 99 Cents in 2003 along with other female musicians such as Miss Kittin, Kevin Blechdom, Le Tigre, and Adult's Nicola Kuperus.[11] "Wordy Rappinghood" became a moderate dance hit in Europe, peaking at number two in the Dutch Top 40,[12] number five on the Belgian Dance Chart,[13] and at number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Weymouth and Chris Frantz have been married since 1977. They live in Fairfield, Connecticut, and have two sons.[15] Her niece, Katharine Weymouth, served as publisher of The Washington Post.[16]

In March 2022, Weymouth and Frantz were in a car collision with a drunk driver. Weymouth suffered a fractured sternum and three fractured ribs.[17]



  1. ^ "Biography: Tina Weymouth". AllMusic. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Barrett, John (October 20, 2011). "The 20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists". Paste Monthly. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Talking Heads". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 30, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Heritage-d'Anatole Le Braz aux talking heads Archived January 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine dated August 31, 2012 at letelegramme.fr
  5. ^ Bowman, David (2001). This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century. New York City: HarperCollins. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-380-97846-5.
  6. ^ "Tina Weymouth". Biography. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Talking Heads - Tina Weymouth". Spinterview. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Courogen, Carrie (September 15, 2017). "40 Years Later, Talking Heads' Most Valuable Member Is Still Its Most Under-Recognized". PAPER. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Blackman, Guy (February 6, 2005). "Byrning down the house". The Age. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2007. In March, 2007, Weymouth described Byrne as "a man incapable of returning friendship". She told Glasgow's Sunday Herald: "Cutting off attachments when a thing/person is perceived to have served its purpose or there is a perceived threat to ego is the lifelong pattern of his relations".
  10. ^ "Past Judges". Independent Music Awards. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Phares, Heather (2003). "99 Cents – Chicks on Speed". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  12. ^ "www.top40.nl". Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chicks on Speed – Wordy Rappinghood". Ultratop (in Dutch). Ultratop & Hung Medien/hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Chicks on Speed". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  15. ^ "Tina Weymouth". Nndb.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  16. ^ Ahrens, Frank (February 8, 2008). "Post Co. Names Weymouth Media Chief and publisher". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2009. She [Katharine Weymouth] is a niece of Tina Weymouth, the bass guitarist in the new wave band Talking Heads.
  17. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (March 28, 2022). "Talking Heads musicians survive serious collision with drunk driver". The Guardian. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  18. ^ "Bass Player Magazine Interview with Tine Weymouth". Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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