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    Tom Robinson

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    2-4-6-8 Motorway lyrics
    2Still Loving You lyrics
    3Sorry lyrics
    4Don't Take No for Answer lyrics
    Glad to be Gay lyrics
    6Better Decide Which Side You're On lyrics
    7Power in the Darkness lyrics
    8I Shall Be Released lyrics
    9Disrespect lyrics
    10Cold Cold Ground lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Cabaret 79: Glad To Be Gay [2005]
    2Smelling Dogs [2001]
    3Last Tango [1995]
    4North By Northwest [2005]
    5Power In The Darkness-2 Lp's [2004]
    6Rising Free-Very Best Of Trb [2001]


    Tom Robinson

    Born June 1st 1950 in Cambridge, Tom Robinson had been a choirboy until his voice broke, and everything else seemed to break along with it. At a time in Britain when homosexuality was still punishable by prison, he fell hopelessly (and unrequitedly) in love with another boy at school. Wracked with shame and selfhatred, Tom attempted suicide at age 16. An understanding head teacher managed to get him transferred to a pioneering therapeutic community for disturbed adolescents in Kent.

    Inspired by an early Sex Pistols gig, Tom left Cafe Society and formed the more overtly political Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in 1977 at the age of 26. TRB had a hit the same year with "2-4-6-8 Motorway", quickly followed into the Top 20 by a live EP despite a BBC ban on the controversial lead track "Glad To Be Gay". Swept along by a tide of music press hysteria (Tom's photograph appeared on the front cover of Melody Maker eight times in a single year) TRB's debut album "Power In The Darkness" went gold. But the band fell quickly from favour and broke up - demoralised and squabbling - within a year.

    When not writing or performing himself, Robinson can be found running creative workshop sessions for adults and teenagers everywhere from the Royal College of Art to the Greek island of Skyros. Since March 2002 he can also be found on BBC Radio Two's new digital music network 6 Music - where he introduces new and interesting music to a wider audience four nights a week... His spare time is spent working on a new batch of songs for his 24th album, due for release in 2003.

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