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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  417 reviews
One of the most dynamic groups of the '70s and '80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House" that captured the post-baby boom generation's intense, affectless st ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Brian I wouldn't say it's "400 pages of Chris Frantz being bitter"- his relationship with Tina is the clear central point of the book. That said David is de…moreI wouldn't say it's "400 pages of Chris Frantz being bitter"- his relationship with Tina is the clear central point of the book. That said David is definitely portrayed as a stubborn artist. I'd say it's worth reading if just for the accounts of their early tours but if you're that high on Byrne the book does take its shots at him. (less)

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Martin
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-studies, audio
This is the 4th rock autobiography I've read or listened to (Peart, Helm, R. Robinson). By far, it is the worst. If we add up everything Frantz writes about meals eaten 40 years ago in restaurants that no longer exist and compare that to what he writes about Jerry Harrison, the restaurants win the word count competition by a large margin. How could Frantz not get a damned editor? It is clear from reviews of this book, for instance in the WSJ, that the reviewers did not actually read this book.

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Ian
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, memoir, music
Back in the late seventies and early eighties I used to listen to the albums released by Talking Heads. I really liked some of their songs but thought others were just so-so. I never saw them live, but in 1984 I went to the cinema to see the concert film “Stop Making Sense” which I thought was absolutely fantastic. I still play some of my favourite songs from that film. One of the things I liked about this book was that it also reminded me of some of the band’s songs that came after that period, ...more
Dave
Chris Frantz ends his autobiography by explaining that he's not a person who "moves on" from friends and family. Instead, he "remains" and "remains in love." Chris Frantz and his wife Tina Weymouth have been a matched set for over forty years since they met at the famed art college RISD and formed the rhythm section (drums and bass respectively) a unique and original band with classmate David Byrne and later Jerry Harrison. This is not just another rock legend biography, but a lifelong love stor ...more
Peter Boyle
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, music
Remain in Love is Chris Frantz's entertaining account of his time in the band Talking Heads. It begins with memories of a happy childhood and continues with his time in the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met future bandmates Tina Weymouth and David Byrne.

Frantz's relationship with these two people forms the most interesting aspect of the story. He was smitten with Weymouth from the start. They married in 1977 and are still together today. Frantz declares his undying love for Weymouth mu
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Geoff
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Talking Heads are one of my favorite bands of all time, so I was very interested to read this memoir account by drummer Chris Frantz. Frantz and his wife Tina Weymouth were the rhythm section for the Heads and the creative partnership behind Tom Tom Club, and their marriage and relationship really created a steady foundation for the band and their lives. David Byrne comes off pretty badly in this book ("David is a person incapable of returning friendship") and I think some of that comes down to ...more
Daniel Field
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I should start by saying I truly think Chris Frantz is an amazing drummer and has always seemed to me a good person. There's something wonderful about the enduring love he has with Tina, and it is made very obvious in this book.

However, this might be one of the worst memoirs I've ever read. Frantz is a creative person, but that does not make one a good writer or memoirist. And I don't necessarily blame Frantz - it is far harder than it seems to write a good music memoir, but it almost feels like
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Lee
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inevitably, David Byrne comes across as a complete jerk here, and the pages are filled with either examples of Byrne's petty, obnoxious behaviour or the (soon to be fulfilled) expectation of yet more Dave acting like a tw*t. Despite this -- and maybe a little too much sketchy 'Gee, X was really nice/not so great'(Bob Geldof makes a fleeting appearance being his usual 'charming' self) -- there's plenty of stuff about making those great records, the amazing list of collaborators (Johnny Marr - 'Gr ...more
Elisa
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I finally finished reading Remain In Love, the book by Chris Frantz, drummer for Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. Man, I did not like this book at all. I can pretty much summarize this book by the 3 main themes that run through the book. Let me save you the trouble of reading 400 pages.

1. Chris Frantz is totally over the top in love with his wife Tina Weymouth and has been since they were both at Rhode Island School of Design.

2. He really hates David Byrne and doesn’t try to sugarcoat how he fee
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Kasa Cotugno
I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Frantz's version of the beginnings of one of my favorite groups, Talking Heads. I came to them late, and was a great fan of the film Stop Making Sense, particularly when it returned to San Francisco as part of the SF Film Festival on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. All "Heads" were there as well as director Jonathan Demme. But Chris has dedicated this book to his partner in life, Tina Weymouth, for a reason. To this day they remain a true collaboration, and he cr ...more
Mark Taylor
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
The color of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen‘s clothing at Chris and Tina’s wedding is just one of the scintillating anecdotes that you’ll skim over while zipping through this pedestrian account of what I assume to be an interesting life.

Poor writing and an astonishing lack of insight make this the least essential rock memoir ever.
Tosh
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-bought
Kimley and I on our podcast BOOK MUSIK discuss the Chris Frantz memoir. I was disappointed with the book. Hear the podcast here: Book Musik podcast ...more
Quirkyreader
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
First off, I won this in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you St. Martin’s press.

The irony of this book is that I constantly have Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads Songs stuck in my head. Mostly “Gangster of Love” “Road To Nowhere” and their cover of “Take Me To The River”.

In this book Chris Frantz talks about his life and how his bands and Tina are the most important to him.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the CBGB “years”. That time is one of my favourites in late 20th Century art and music. Fr
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Theediscerning
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The author of this book, Charton Christopher Frantz, starts by saying not many books about his main band, Talking Heads, were much cop. Well, in a way this isn't either, but it at least is an official volume. What's more, I think you can easily declare this has not been ghostwritten. There's an almost blunt, direct stylelessness about the memoir that proves he's not the ultimate purveyor of wordsmithery. The shot game for this book will kill you, if you imbibe every time a girl is rated by her l ...more
Wendy
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020, nov-20
Remain In Love is Chris Frantz's first hand account of his many years in the music business as part of the Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club.
His passion for music and his wife, Tina Weymouth, is evident on every page!
A very informative biography with a vivid description of touring and the many musicians and celebrities he met along the way.
A time in rock & roll history that leaves me with wonderful memories!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of this novel in exchange for m
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Nestor Rychtyckyj
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being at the center of a crazy rock & roll scene is one of the most exhilarating experiences that one can experience in life. Things happen so quickly and then it’s over but the impact lives on forever. Being in CBGB’s in the mid 1970’s was ground zero for the next 40 years of music. The names live on: Television, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Dead Boys, Heartbreakers and so on. Much has been written about those bands and we’ve gotten to know most of these people and wondered at the crazine ...more
Kathryn
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received from NetGalley for review

My initial reaction on finishing Chris Frantz's memoir came as a wave of relief, a feeling of happiness for having read a story steeped mainly in positivity while we continue to ride out COVID. Coming off books weighed down by heartbreaks (Open Book) and heroin (Slowhand), I was ready for something to lift me. I figured I couldn't go wrong with the story of a co-founder of an awesome band who's still in love with his awesome co-founder wife after forty-plus
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chris
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Vacillates between drivel (sorry Chris, really don't care about your wedding or who you thought was "gorgeous," and I REALLY don't care about your f***ing boat) and vindictiveness (Talking Heads broke up almost 30 years ago, but man, he still feels compelled to drag David Byrne through the mud).

Readers should be aware that Frantz and Weymouth have been taking public shots at Byrne almost since the band's inception (https://www.salon.com/2003/12/03/head...). Weymouth, at times, has come off as l
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James Hewkin
I love Talking Heads. Their music is incredible and original and makes me feel great. This memoir by the drummer, Chris Frantz was fascinating but, God bless him, he's a terrible writer. The book was really unbalanced. It goes into painstaking detail about two Talking Heads tours; four Tom Tom Club albums aren't even mentioned and he skims over the last 30 years in less than 50 pages.

Some of the stories are really cool, but he’s not great at telling them. You can tell he’s from a middle-class
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Matthew
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m madly in love with my wife. Still, after fifteen years of marriage and many more together as a couple and on top of that, several more as both friends and frenemies. I’ve gone so far as to memorialize my adoration through prose, whether here on Goodreads or elsewhere in story form; Emily will never not be a subject I’ll tire from, let alone be inspired by. Love is a many splendored thing, after all.

It’s also one worth canonizing – especially one which has lasted the better part of a half ce
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Spencer Rider
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two stars for the admittedly entertaining stories, especially Chris and Tina’s attempt to wrangle a meth-head Shaun Ryder and the Happy Mondays into an actual band. Otherwise: drivel. Structurally, this book is a disaster, spending more time on boring anecdotes from Frantz’s personal life and repetitive descriptions of the 77 tour with the Ramones than the Remain in Light tour (one chapter!) or Chris’s drug problem, or Jerry Harrison altogether. Details get skipped over more as the book goes alo ...more
Pamela
Jul 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Chris Frantz is an utter dullard. Avoid.
Michael Lisk
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Lots of descriptions of meals for some reason. Stay hungry, indeed!
Chad Guarino
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Chris Frantz steps out from behind the drum kit to chronicle an amazing life in music and marriage in Remain in Love, the memoir of the former Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club drummer. This book was highly anticipated for me, as the Talking Heads are one of my favorite bands of the post-punk era and they are also one of the more enigmatic ones, with little information surrounding their time together and eventual break up. Despite this, Frantz's memoir ended up being a bit of a mixed bag for me.

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Jessica Haider
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I am a fan of Talking Heads, but not a Mega-fan. It is not like I have posters up or have all of their lyrics memorized. However, I have a good number of songs on regular rotation. In fact, I played Psycho Killer so much that when my son was 2 or 3 I occasionally heard his little voice from the backseat of my car saying "play Psycho Killer!"

This new memoir by Chris Frantz tells of his youth, his time with the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. Frantz tells of how he met his wife Tina Weymouth a
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Azz
Aug 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
If you hate autistic people and women this is the book for you. It reads like Willy Loman's biography as written by Regina George from Mean Girls. If you like Talking Heads read How Music Works or Bicycle Diaries instead. ...more
Tony Bertino
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good fan service
Angela(Angie)
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to read right before our anniversary. Besides it being a cool music history book, it also is a tribute to the power of love.
William (Bill) Fluke
Sep 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
A book that should never been published! As a big Talking Heads fan I was excited when I heard about this book. Unfortunately, band drummer Chris Frantz had no talent for writing a book and for even a die hard Heads fan there is little to salvage from this book. I had so many criticisms of the book that I began to make notes of things to point out in this review. Here they are:
-instead of providing more insights into things a fan would want to know about the band, he instead gives details and re
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Tom Scott
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I was a teenager I read a lot of rock/punk/music press and literature and I fully bought into the myth-making, the romance, the “man I wish I was there”-ness of it all. It was fun, edifying, giving me fables to cling to, roadmaps to adulthood. Well, of course, I now know it was all bullshit. Underneath it’s just a bunch of people doing people things. So. Here we have a gentle, mostly inoffensive, undaring retelling of an upper-middle-class normal-guy rock ’n roll drummer’s career in a band ...more
Ron S
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, music, cbgb
Art school rockers Talking Heads were one of the oddest and brightest lights to shine from the grotty, hallowed ground of CBGB in the mid-70s. As drummer and co-founder Chris Frantz notes in this fun reading memoir (I’ll get back to that), they “were post-punk before there even was punk.” Frantz married bassist Tina Weymouth, and went on to form dance band Tom Tom Club with her and later work as a producer. Even judged by pre internet/social media standards, there was never a great deal of infor ...more
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