Chris Frantz  

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Chris Frantz (born Charlton Christopher Frantz, May 8, 1951 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States) is an American musician and producer. He was the drummer for both the Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club.


He graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and David Byrne met in the early 1970s at the Rhode Island School of Design. They formed a band called the Artistics, which evolved over time into Talking Heads. Frantz also convinced his girlfriend Tina Weymouth to join the band as bass guitarist. They were married in 1977.

Frantz and Weymouth formed the Tom Tom Club in 1980, which kept them busy during a fairly long hiatus in Talking Heads activity. Frustrated by Byrne's lack of interest in another album, Weymouth, Frantz, and Jerry Harrison reunited without him for a one-off album called No Talking, Just Head under the name The Heads in 1996, featuring a rotating cast of vocalists, including Debbie Harry.

He and Weymouth produced The Happy Mondays' 1992 album, Yes Please!. Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth recently contributed backing vocals and percussion for the hip hop formation, Gorillaz.

Personal life

Frantz has two sons with Weymouth. Their names are Egan and Robin. Egan Frantz has been in many bands, but currently plays drums in Teenagers. He currently studies art at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Robin Frantz is an electronic musical artist named Kid Ginseng.

Chris and Tina Frantz currently reside in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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