Tom Tom Club
Breakin, beatin, bouncin’ brilliance
This article is from 2007.
Not to be confused with the 80s hip hop band, this Tom Tom Club comes from Australia. They are a troupe of super-talented boys, who use turntablism, ridiculously impressive beatboxing, high energy drumming and acrobatics to make a slick modern day circus show.
If the handless backflips, headspins and samples of ‘Skippy the Kangaroo’ don’t get the more reserved members of the crowd whooping for more, then the vocal gymnastics of award-winning Tom Thum will. Without batting an eyelid, he creates perfect impressions of crackly vinyl being speeded up, slowed down again, scratched, then layered with hip hop beats, trumpet solos and police sirens. His one-man renditions of ‘Billie Jean’ and the Knight Rider theme tune are worth the ticket price alone. This energetic show is tighter than a jerry curl, and never shifts out of top gear. Makes you wish you had another pair of hands so you could give them four thumbs up. (Claire Sawers)
UdderBELLY’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, until 27 Aug, 4pm, £12–£13.50 (£10–£12).