Tom Robinson Band

Formed 1976. Disbanded 1979.
Tom Robinson Band

Biography

Tom Robinson Band (TRB) were a British rock band, established in 1976 by singer, songwriter and bassist Tom Robinson. Their third single, "Up Against the Wall", is now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single and their debut album, Power in the Darkness (1978), is still widely admired.

Tom Robinson began gigging in London in 1976. By the end of the year, he had decided to put together a permanent band. Robinson's old friend, guitarist Danny Kustow, was the first in the permanent lineup. They ran small ads in the music papers looking for a bass player and drummer. Robinson found drummer Brian "Dolphin" Taylor. The search for a bass player continued, until Mark Ambler auditioned. Some days later, Ambler mentioned he also played keyboards; he had spent many years studying piano with veteran jazz musician, Stan Tracey. After listening to Ambler playing his Hammond organ Robinson realised he would have to be the bass player himself.

The band hit the club scene right in the middle of London's punk explosion. Their live shows got favourable reviews, and soon A&R men were attending many of their gigs.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Power in the Darkness

    Power in the Darkness 1978

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    Mixes the social anger and despair of the era with a radio-friendly rock sound.
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