Dienstag, 21. Juni 2022

Tom Robinson - Cabaret `79: Glad To Be Gay

Although his career had pretty much flamed out by the start of the '80s, there were few punk-era major-label performers as intensely controversial as Tom Robinson.

Cutting his teeth with folk-rockers Café Society (who released a Ray Davies-produced record on the head Kinks' Konk label in 1975), Robinson roared into the spotlight in 1978 with a great single ("2-4-6-8 Motorway") and a much-ballyhooed contract with EMI. What was remarkable about this was that Robinson was the kind of politically conscious, confrontational performer that major labels generally ignored: he was openly gay and sang about it ("Glad to Be Gay"), vociferous in his hatred for then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, helped form Rock Against Racism, and generally spoke in favor of any leftist political tract that would embarrass the ruling ultraconservative Tory government. His debut album, 1978's "Power in the Darkness", was an occasionally stunning piece of punk/hard rock agitprop that, along with being ferociously direct, was politicized rock that focused more on songs than slogans.

"Cabaret `79 - Glad To Be Gay" is a live album recorded at a series of Gay Pride shows in 1979 marking the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

It includes four bonus tracks: a rare indie single "Glad To Be Gay Part I" (renamed here 'Good To Be Gay'). Also a live cover of Carlton Edwards' AIDS classic "Last Rites" and the 1997 version of "Glad To Be Gay" by the present Tom Robinson Band, with updated lyrics.

1Pub Hassle
2Coldharbour Lane
3Baby You're An Angel
4Glad To Be Gay 1979
5Stand Together
6Easy Street
8Closing A Door
91967 (So Long Ago)
10Even Steven
11Sartorial Eloquence
12Mad About The Boy
13Good To Be Gay (AKA Glad To Be Gay Part 1)
14Glad To Be Gay (1997)
15Last Rites
16Gay Switchboard Jingle

Tom Robinson - Cabaret `79: Glad To Be Gay
(256 kbps, front cover included)

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