Power in the Darkness

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Power in the Darkness
Studio album by Tom Robinson Band
Released 1978
Recorded 1978
Wessex Studios, London
Genre Punk rock
Hard rock
New wave
Length 38:35 (original)
68:52 (2004 reissue)
Label EMI
Producer Chris Thomas,
Vic Maile on "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
Tom Robinson Band chronology
Power in the Darkness
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]

Power in the Darkness is the debut studio album by English punk band Tom Robinson Band, first released in early 1978. The UK LP had ten tracks and the US release was packaged with a seven-track bonus LP. The 1993 CD release included all 17 tracks, and two further tracks appear on certain subsequent reissues.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tom Robinson; except where indicated

Original vinyl release (UK)

Side One

  1. "Up Against the Wall" - (Robinson, Roy Butterfield) 3:35
  2. "Grey Cortina" - 2:10
  3. "Too Good to Be True" - (Robinson, Dolphin Taylor) 3:35
  4. "Ain't Gonna Take It" (Robinson, Danny Kustow) - 2:53
  5. "Long Hot Summer" - 4:44

Side Two

  1. "The Winter of '79" (Robinson, Mark Ambler, Taylor, Kustow) - 4:31
  2. "Man You Never Saw" (Robinson, Ambler) - 2:44
  3. "Better Decide Which Side You're On" - 2:50
  4. "You Gotta Survive" (Robinson, Ambler) - 3:15
  5. "Power in the Darkness" (Robinson, Ambler) - 4:55
Bonus tracks
  1. "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
  2. "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan)
  3. "(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay"
  4. "Don't Take No for an Answer"
  5. "Martin"
  6. "Right On Sister" (Robinson, Taylor)
  7. "I'm All Right Jack"
  8. "I'm Waiting for My Man"† (Live at the London Lyceum, 1977) (Lou Reed)
  9. "Power in the Darkness"† (2004 Remix)

† These tracks were included in a digitally remastered, Copy Controlled 2004 re-release.[3]


Rock Against Racism[edit]

The sleeve notes of Power in the Darkness included the founding declaration of the Rock Against Racism movement.