Power in the Darkness
|Power in the Darkness|
|Studio album by Tom Robinson Band|
|Studio||Wessex Studios, London|
|Genre||Punk rock, hard rock, new wave|
68:52 (2004 reissue)
|Label||EMI EMC 3226|
Vic Maile on "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
|Tom Robinson Band chronology|
|Robert Christgau||(A-) |
Power in the Darkness is the debut studio album by English punk band Tom Robinson Band, released in early 1978. The UK LP had ten tracks. It included inside the album cover a stencil similar to the cover art, but with the album title replaced by "Tom Robinson Band"; it held the warning, "This stencil is not meant for spraying on public property!!!". The US release was packaged with a seven-track bonus LP. The 1993 CD re-release included all 17 tracks. Two more tracks were included on a 2004 re-release.
All tracks composed by Tom Robinson; except where indicated
- Original vinyl release (UK)
- "Up Against the Wall" - (Robinson, Roy Butterfield) 3:35
- "Grey Cortina" - 2:10
- "Too Good to Be True" - (Robinson, Dolphin Taylor) 3:35
- "Ain't Gonna Take It" (Robinson, Danny Kustow) - 2:53
- "Long Hot Summer" - 4:44
- "The Winter of '79" (Robinson, Mark Ambler, Taylor, Kustow) - 4:31
- "Man You Never Saw" (Robinson, Ambler) - 2:44
- "Better Decide Which Side You're On" - 2:50
- "You Gotta Survive" (Robinson, Ambler) - 3:15
- "Power in the Darkness" (Robinson, Ambler) - 4:55
- Bonus tracks
- "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
- "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan)
- "(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay"
- "Don't Take No for an Answer"
- "Right On Sister" (Robinson, Taylor)
- "I'm All Right Jack"
- "I'm Waiting for My Man"† (Live at the London Lyceum, 1977) (Lou Reed)
- "Power in the Darkness"† (2004 Remix)
- Tom Robinson Band
- Bill Price - engineer
- Jerry Green - assistant engineer
- Brian Palmer - art direction
- Terry O'Neill, Peter Vernon - photography
Rock Against Racism
The sleeve notes of Power in the Darkness included the founding declaration of the Rock Against Racism movement.