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Friday, June 04, 2010

Glad to be Grey



I was fortunate to be invited by a friend to Tom Robinson 's 60th Birthday Bash, Glad to be Grey, at the Empire Shepherds Bush. It's a wonderfully intimate venue ("Please take a moment to locate your nearest bar, remembering that your nearest bar may be behind you") which lent itself perfectly to his music, and a good time was had by all.

Tom Robinson was always an exceptional musician and songwriter, prepared to plough his furrow outside the mainstream. Here are a few reminders of some of his oeuvre:
Glad to be Gay Do you remember how good these lyrics are? When it was released only John Peel was prepared to play it.
Power in the Darkness
Too good to be true
War Baby as performed on the night or a dodgy video of the same. Has one of my favourite first lines: "Only the very young and the very beautiful can be so aloof".
And of course 2 4 6 8 Motorway, introduced on the night as a "Medly of my hit"

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

Comments on "Glad to be Grey"

 

Blogger billyB said ... (03:06) : 

Perhaps the reason Mr Robinson is not so fondly remembered among gay folks is his marriage to a, how shall I put this tactfully, woman.
Also all this 70's music is basically crud regurgidated by a deaf bullock.

 

Blogger Ham said ... (18:46) : 

Gosh. I can see it now you've explained it, he not a proper gay person then. I really shouldn't have taken any notice of his message of solidarity and tolerance.

As for the charts, here's the seventies http://www.everyhit.com/chart3.html and here's the nineties http://www.everyhit.com/chart5.html. 1997 was a particularly fine year, then. Mind you, you probably think it is.

 

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