2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson 7" 45

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2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson 7" 45

2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson 7" 45

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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. The seen, and unseen collective suffering is imbedded in the boys’ mind, consciously or subconsciously, and is haunting them. Issac Hayes’ strong voice makes the perfect strong father figure, who is possibly from beyond the grave. Racism towards African Americans in America would not exist if everyone sat down and listened to this song and understood the history behind the words.

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. I’d come up with the song about a year earlier whilst trying to work out the chords to Climax Blues Band’s Couldn’t Get It Right - which I’d only heard once before and couldn’t remember properly.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. 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. 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. singing solutions to entertainment venues, bars, pubs and anywhere else people want to sing together! 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.

It was released as a single in 1977 by British punk rock/ new wave group the Tom Robinson Band, and reached No. The chorus hook was a straight lift from my favourite chant at Gay Lib demos - ‘2,4,6,8, Gay is twice as good as straight. This song is written as the perspective of the boys in the street, as a whole, and what path they are going to choose as they get older and grow into men. 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". All of which goes to show that boys will be boys – as Robinson would remind us with his next hit, Glad To Be Gay.As each date came up, I would ring musician friends in other bands to see who was available to play on the night. The Lyrics express a desire for authentic connection and the importance of Loving someone just as they are. However, after touring the band became much tighter, and guitarist Danny Kustow expanded his riffs, which persuaded EMI to release the record. Ed Sheeran dedicates his album outro to a lover who has blessed him with a unique experience that he seeks to describe through the song’s nuanced lyrics.

It was only after six months of playing everywhere from prisons to pubs to public schools that the band became ‘gig-fit’, ie tough enough and tight enough to put the song over with real conviction, so it would connect with listeners on first hearing.The song was performed by the Tom Robinson Band, which included Tom Robinson as lead vocalist and bass player, Danny Kustow as the guitarist, Mark Ambler on keyboards, and Dolphin Taylor as drummer. 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. 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. 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. 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”.

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