I had a Gay Day today! Playing my favorite Robbie Williams tracks earlier, and I still reckon he's the best singer, entertainer, songs, of this generation. It's my Gay side as I often say. But to me it's just very good music.
And this set me thinking about the gay icon of the late 70s in the UK, Tom Robinson, and The Tom Robinson Band, you had to be there at the time and at the mid-teen age, to understand the power of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, but I think it started with someone at a youth club in London, we were visiting from Manchester, singing a song "Sing if You're Glad to be Gay" in '76. We all started singing it. That was our introduction to what "Gay" was. Before that, it was Larry Grayson saying "Oh What a Gay Day"!!
So Tom Robinson as the openly gay spokesperson, gave us hetros our first introduction to "Gay" and the music was pretty good as well. Just one problem....he then got married and had kids!!
Now to cut a long story short, his music is freely downloadable as live recordings on his website. Go check some live versions of 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Sing if You're Glad To Be Gay, which includes some great lyric updates, and the inclusion of his song The Last Word, set to Glad to be Gay, which is his reply to the "outrage" of some of the gay community, that he can be whatever sexual orientation he chooses.
Good on yer TRB!