Tom Robinson has kept busy. Since bursting into public consciousness with his band’s 1977 Top of the Pops debut, showcasing the irresistible “2-4-6-8 Motorway”, the Cambridge musician has continued to write and record albums throughout the intervening decades. He’s also developed an impressive career in broadcasting, having hosted shows on Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 live, and 6 Music, where he continues to champion new bands to listeners around the country today. Did we mention his work with Rock Against Racism, the political campaigning, the support for LGBTQ and mental health charities? Honestly, some days we feel tired just thinking about the man.
Back with a new album and tour, we caught up with the musical icon to discuss punk authenticity, 70s revivals, dealing with depression, and why he’s had disagreements with Billy Bragg over the power of political music.