Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tom Robinson - North By Northwest  & War Baby EP 
Tom Robinson (born 1 June 1950) is an English singer/songwriter and broadcaster probably best-known for the UK hit songs "Glad to be Gay" (1976), "2-4-6-8 Motorway" (1977), "Don't Take No for an Answer" (1978) and "War Baby" (1983).
Robinson was the founding member of the Tom Robinson Band (TRB), an overtly political band with several hits in the 1970s.
Later in the 1980s, Robinson fronted and bankrolled Sector 27, a less political rock band which released one album - produced by Steve Lillywhite - and left Robinson virtually bankrupt. He fled to Hamburg to escape his creditors. There, he penned his 1983 hit "War Baby" and recorded his first solo album North By Northwest with producer Richard Mazda. [wikipedia]
Now Martin's Gone
Can't Keep Away[Part II]
Looking For A Bonfire
Merrily Up On High
In The Cold
The Night Tide
Tom Robinson : bass/keyboard
Richrd Mazda : guitar/sax
Steve Laurie : drums
Recorded Jan/Feb 1982 at FDH,Daylight
and Russl studios,Hamburg.
Engineered by Eberhard Schnellen.
Produced by Richard Mazda.
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The first TR solo album: sparse, minimal and produced by Richard Mazda in Hamburg, Jan/Feb 1982. It includes an early version of 'Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio' and 'Merrily Up On High' - both cowritten with Peter Gabriel.
Robinson looks like a slightly dazed everyman on the cover of North by Northwest, his first solo album, but the tunes, many co-written with Peter Gabriel, are uniformly strong. Recorded in Hamburg with only producer Richard Mazda and a drummer, North by Northwest is a mature and subtle album of various sophisticated settings, marred only by an agonized (and agonizing) song of love lost, "Now Martin's Gone." The music is dark and moody, with synth-heavy arrangements, but it has a low-key charm that's more personal than political, lightened by danceable new wave and reggae beats. "Atmospherics (Listen to the Radio)" is one of the gloomiest rock tunes ever written, and another Robinson classic.
Having lost his appeal for the record industry, Robinson recorded and released "War Baby," a number that sounds like a Steely Dan outtake, on his own. It became a major British hit in 1983, and revitalized his career. [http://trouserpress.com]
War Baby 12" single
Panic Records NICT 2 1983
[Re-recorded extended version]
[a live duo version]
by Tom Robinson and Mark Ramsden [8.12.82]
mp3 @ 320 & scans
& new flac rip
North by & War baby here