We used to listen to the Tom Robinson band in the study and day-rooms at school, and the album from which this track comes became a firm favourite. (I saw a pristine copy – vinyl, obviously -in a charity shop a few years ago and have been kicking myself ever since. Just a quid and I left it there in the rack. What a pillock!)
Back when I first discovered BBC 6Music, I used to listen to Andrew Collins in the late afternoon, and he always handed over to Tom at seven. After several attempts, I finally persuaded Andrew to play this at the end of the show – I think it was the first time I’d ever heard it on the radio. Hardly surprising as the content is still pretty controversial (if you are of a particular political persuasion), but it remains a wonderful record with a message which is as potent today as it was back at the end of the seventies. It also boasts one of my favourite bass lines. Ever.
If you are easily offended by certain *ahem* words, you may want to look away now.
Now I’m wondering how to follow that. Part of me wants to bring in that tune by The Darkness, the name of which escapes me right now, but I can’t honestly say it’s up there in my top 500, let alone top 365, so that ain’t going to happen. Rather, the earlier mention of vinyl has reminded me of a 12″ single I have in a box somewhere. A record by one of Sheffield’s electronic new wave(?) bands. Listen out for the lyric. You’ll soon pick it up.