Martina Michèle "Tina"
Weymouth (born on November 22, 1950 in Coronado,
California) is an American musician,
best known as a founding member and bassist
of the influential New Wave group
Talking Heads and its side project
Tom Tom Club (co-founded with Talking
Heads drummer and husband Chris
Weymouth is of French
heritage on her
mother's side. In her youth, Weymouth was a cheerleader
. A bass guitarist, she combined the
minimalist art-punk basslines of groups such as Wire
and Pere Ubu
with danceable, funk
-inflected riffs to provide
the bedrock of Talking Heads signature sound. Her sound is often
very funky in feel, combining low fundamental notes with higher
flourishes in clipped, staccato rhythms. Weymouth joined Talking
Heads as bass guitarist
request of then-boyfriend Chris Frantz
and, in fact, according to the liner notes for the Talking Heads
collection "Sand in the Vaseline", learned to play the bass guitar
for this reason.
Life outside Talking Heads
Weymouth on bass, Toronto, May 13,
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.
They also produced the Happy Mondays
1992 album Yes Please!
recently contributed backing vocals
for the hip hop
.Weymouth has been critical of Byrne,
resenting what she has felt was Byrne's cold treatment of other
artists in his personal life.
Weymouth was also a judge for the 2nd annual Independent Music Awards
support independent artists' careers.
Weymouth is the daughter of Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth (USN,
Retired) and Laure "Lo" Weymouth. She and Frantz have been married
since 1977. They live in Fairfield, Connecticut and have two sons.
Her older brother, Yann Weymouth, was married to Lally Weymouth
, daughter of longtime
. Her niece,
serves as publisher of the Post
- Independent Music Awards - Past Judges