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Tom Robinson (born 1950) is London-based broadcaster & songwriter. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché.
As a recording artist he has released 14 albums since 1978 – plus various compilations and live LPs.
As a broadcaster he began hosting his own radio show on the BBC World Service in 1985. He’s since presented programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4Xtra, 5 Live, 6 Music. He won his first gold Sony Radio Academy award for GLR (now BBC LDN) in 1997 and a second as the presenter of Now Playing @ 6Music in 2012.
He has hosted weekly shows on BBC Radio 6 Music since the station started in 2002, with a particular emphasis on new and emerging artists. He can currently be heard on Saturday nights, Sunday evenings and Monday mornings,
Tom is a keen supporter of BBC Introducing, a member of the Ivors panel at BASCA, and hosts occasional workshops for songwriters and performers. He founded Fresh On The Net to help listeners find new music and musicians find new listeners.
He now lives in South London with his wife and two children.
First record you bought? Twist & Shout EP by The Beatles.
Best Gig? Radiohead at Shepherds Bush Empire, 2003.
Six records you couldn't live without?
- Bone Machine by Tom Waits
- Rubber Soul by The Beatles
- Lewis Furey by Lewis Furey
- Baltimore/Mississipi Goddamn by Nina Simone
- Nation Of Millions by Public Enemy
- Surf by Roddy Frame
First record you ever played on the radio? Straight To Hell by The Clash.
A record that makes you laugh? Moving To Montanaby Frank Zappa.
A record that sounds better in the dark? On Land by Brian Eno.
A song you wish you'd written? Language Of Violence by Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy.
Soundtrack for a long car journey? Singles 1993-2003 by The Chemical Brothers