Night Music: Tom Robinson Band, “2-4-6-8 Motorway”

This song and the album it was on came out in the height of the punk fervor, and TRB made their name and street cred by being vocal advocates in the Rock Against Racism concerts in the UK in 1977 and 78. I played it a lot, loved the beats and the politics, but their tendency to agitprop gave their anthems extra power, especially the theatrical (Sing If You’re) Glad to Be Gay, and also wreathed them in the wafting odor of political rectitude. But not their first single, which is a car song.

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