Tom Robinson

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Giles Robinson, 1 June 1950, Cambridge, England. Robinson’s wayward youth included the study of oboe, clarinet and bass guitar, and a spell in Finchden Manor, a readjustment centre in Kent, where he met guitarist Danny Kustow with whom he formed his first group, Davanq, in 1971. Two years later Robinson formed Café Society with Hereward Kaye and Ray Doyle and they signed to the Kinks’ Konk label. In 1974, Café Society was recorded with help from Ray Davies and Mick Avory. During the taping of an intended second album, administrative discord was manifested in what was now the Tom Robinson Band’s onstage mocking of Davies, and, later, the Kinks’ reciprocal dig at Robinson in a 1977 b-side, ‘Prince Of The Punks’ - with whom Robinson’s band had been categorized (not entirely accurately) when contracted by EMI Records the previous year. Konk, nevertheless, retained publishing interests in 13 Robinson numbers. Some...

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