Music on TV This Week: Tom Tom Club

Has it really been 30 years since Tom Tom Club's club hit "Genius of Love" first asked the question "What you gonna do when you get out of jail?" Starting out as just a fun ("natural fun!") side project for Talking Heads' members Chris Frantz (drums) and Tina Weymouth (bass), Tom Tom Club have found its place in rock history thanks to this often sampled song. While "Genius of Love" peaked at #31 on the Billboard charts back in 1981, the song has lived on thanks to the 22 or more songs that have sampled it over the years.

Weymouth and Frantz recently revived TTC and have released a live double album (Genius of Love) and are celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Genius of Love" by playing Irving Plaza on Wednesday (Talking Heads were the first rock band to play there back in 1978). Before that, though, they take to the airwaves Tuesday night on the show of choice for momentous music occasions, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Expect Questlove to help on drums for "Genius of Love" and perhaps we'll also get a web-only performance of "Wordy Rappinghood."

Elsewhere, Kentucky's Cage the Elephant release their second album this week and are returning to the scene of their network television debut, The Late Show with David Letterman, to promote Thank You, Happy Birthday with a performance of either the raucous "2024" or the more subdued lead single "Shake Me Down." You can't go wrong, either way.

And finally, those 15 year veterans Cake make their return after nearly seven years with the album Showroom of Compassion. Not only have they found independence from major labels with this release, but they've also recorded the album in their own solar-powered studio, making it fossil fuel independent as well. Cake make several appearances this week on the tube, hitting Fallon on Wednesday and the FUEL series The Daily Habit both Thursday and Friday.

Picks for the week

Monday, January 10

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Wombats

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The Black Keys

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Dawes

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Okkervil River

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Fitz & the Tantrums (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Guster

Tuesday, January 11

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: A Day to Remember

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Cage the Elephant

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Escape the Fate

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Delta Spirit

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Tom Tom Club

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: A Perfect Circle (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Steel Train

Wednesday, January 12

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Fitz & the Tantrums

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Duke Spirit

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Bettye Lavette

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Cake

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Morning Benders (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: El Debarge (featuring Faith Evans, Michael Bearden & The Ese Vatos

Thursday, January 13

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Damned Things

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Greg Allman

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cake

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: 30 Seconds to Mars

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Neon Trees

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Delta Spirit (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Stevie Nicks

TBS: Conan: Cheap Trick

Friday, January 14

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Wintersleep

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cake

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Two Door Cinema (REPEAT)

Saturday, January 15

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Cee-Lo Green

PBS: Austin City Limits: The National, Band of Horses

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