Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tom Robinson's All Time Top Ten (1979)

Tom Robinson photo courtesy of Crying All The Way To The Chip Shop

[Buy it Now]

As told to Smash Hits Magazine in 1979 via Like Punk Never Happened . At the time, The Tom Robinson Band's debut album Power In the Darkness was climbing up to #4 on the UK album charts. CD reissues of the album include two of their best known singles "2-4-6-8 Motorway" and "Glad To Be Gay".

1. U2 : I Will Follow - Forget the critical bullshit. Just go see them. Great on record, staggering live.
2. Richard and Linda Thompson : I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Possibly the finest album of English music recorded in the 70's. Timeless and compelling.
3. The Out : Who is Innocent? - Along with Clive Pig's "Sweet Sixteen", the most underrated mini classic of '79.
4. The Cure : Boys Don't Cry - It's not what they say, it's the way they say it.
5. The Clash: White Man in Hammersmith Palais - Barely dented the Top 100 while "Tommy Gun" soared into the hit parade. Is there no justice?
6. Echo and the Bunnymen: All That Jazz - See you at the barricades babe/ See you when the lights go low, Joe.
7. Coil : Alcoholstark/ Motor Industry - Two chilling sides by sadly defunct Northampton band. Search out and listen.
8. Peter Gabriel: I Don't Remember - a personal favourite from a favourite person.
9. XTC: Roads Girdle The World - Ever since "Drums and Wires" I've been an avid fan.
10. The Teardrop Explodes: Treason - Once a good band becomes too popular ( i.e. Teardrop Explodes, Joy Division, Specials,  Police), it suddenly becomes uncool to admit you like them. Me, I love 'em all.

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