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2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson 7" 45

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It was released as a single in 1977 by British punk rock/ new wave group the Tom Robinson Band, and reached No. Losing someone who was once everything in your world, who you could confide in, tell your secrets to, share all the most intimate parts of your life, to being strangers with that person is probably one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. Robert Christgau described it as an "instant hit" [5] whilst David Quantick described the song as "somewhere between a terrace chant (or a demo marching song) and a Brucie Springsteen number". The verse lyric came from having done cheap gigs around the country with my previous band Cafe Society, and driving back through the night from places like Scarborough and Rotherham. VG/EX means that the item's sleeve is in Very Good condition and the disc is in Excellent condition.

After Sam Ryder’s Space Man turned the page on two decades of Eurovision misery for the UK in 2022, this year’s representative Mae Muller is bidding to go one better this time around with her electropop gem I Wrote A Song. The song was the first single released by the Tom Robinson Band, who had formed in January 1977 and was signed to EMI in August 1977. By the time our van hit the last stretch of M1 into London the motorway sun really was coming up with the morning light. The two are back together after a long period apart, and get around to enjoying a bunch of fun activities while rekindling the flames of their romance. But front man Tom’s fiery left-wing politics, his status as a gay man who proclaimed his sexuality in song, and his campaigning work to help found Rock Against Racism made him a welcome fellow addition to the circuit.Tom Robinson talked to M about the secrets of 2-4-6-8 Motorway - the debut single by Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in 1977. Joined by singer and double-bassist Miranda Sykes in 2004, and percussionist Cormac Byrne in 2019, Show of Hands continue to perform as a duo as well as in the four-piece band format. It was the way everyone played it on the record, and especially Danny Kustow’s guitar work, that finally persuaded EMI they had a future hit on their hands.

in Sweden on 27 January 1978, and staying at the top for 4 weeks, while in the US (Harvest 4533) has "2-4-6-8" on both sides. Records that aren't in picture sleeves will either be in a company sleeve or a generic plain sleeve. The Lyrics express a desire for authentic connection and the importance of Loving someone just as they are. There was no Tom Robinson Band at the time - just the name and a series of pub gigs I’d blagged for the coming weeks.However, after touring the band became much tighter, and guitarist Danny Kustow expanded his riffs, which persuaded EMI to release the record. Issac Hayes’ strong voice makes the perfect strong father figure, who is possibly from beyond the grave.

The tie into the gay liberation movement comes to those enlightened with a familiarity of the popular gay lib chant “2,4,6,8, Gay is twice as good as straight… 3,5,7,9, Lesbians are mighty fine”. Although it seems like a straightforward song about the freedom of the open road in a long tradition of rock’n’roll songs, it has since been claimed that 2-4-6-8 Motorway has a gay subtext. All of which goes to show that boys will be boys – as Robinson would remind us with his next hit, Glad To Be Gay. Not to be confused with Davies’s song Lola, which proved that boys would sometimes be girls (and vice versa).To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. He lives in East London indulging his passions of writing, reading, cinema, music, football, cricket, and vegetable gardening. The B-side is a cover of Bob Dylan's " I Shall Be Released" which Robinson performed many times, including as part of the supergroup "The Secret Police" at The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1979. Lots of people in the punk community hated poor Tom because He was for gay rights, with songs like "Glad To Be Gay". singing solutions to entertainment venues, bars, pubs and anywhere else people want to sing together!

Tom Robinson "2-4-6-8 Motorway" at Glastonbury 2016 | "2-4-6-8 Motorway" 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR takes place October 2017, performing Power In The Darkness album in full. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. All my new songs had to be written with a dead simple chord sequence so the various players could learn the entire set in half an hour during the soundcheck.The seen, and unseen collective suffering is imbedded in the boys’ mind, consciously or subconsciously, and is haunting them. Issac Hayes is the voice of reason, maybe God, the angel on his shoulder, or the voice of his forefathers from beyond the grave who can see the big picture and are pleading with the boys not to continue the violence and pattern of killing their brothers, but to rise above. The verse came from Robinson's memories of driving back to London through the night after gigs with Café Society: "By the time our van hit the last stretch of M1 into London the motorway sun really was coming up with the morning light.

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