Tom Robinson

Bassist and bandleader of the highly influential Tom Robinson Band (TRB) which spanned the years 1976-79, Robinson possesses that rare gift of combining an activist, intellectual libretto with great songs and melodies.

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“Up Against the Wall,” “Ain’t Gonna Take It,” “Glad to Be Gay,” “Blue Murder,” “Right On Sister,” and “2-4-6-8 Motorway” remain as relevant today as they did four decades ago. As a bassist who came to the instrument out of necessity, Robinson, with his signature Fender P, was a solid player.

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Though his band was branded punk, Tom and the TRB were much more expansive – incorporating blues, jazz, soul, cabaret, dance-hall, and reggae motifs into their two essential albums: Power in the Darkness (1978) and TRB II (1979), and singles.

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