Power in the Darkness

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Power in the Darkness
TRB - Power in the Darkness Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by Tom Robinson Band
Released 1978
Recorded 1978
Studio Wessex Studios, London
Genre Punk rock, hard rock, new wave
Length 38:35 (original)
68:52 (2004 reissue)
Label EMI EMC 3226
Producer Chris Thomas,
Vic Maile on "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
Tom Robinson Band chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Robert Christgau (A-) [1]
Ralph Heibutzki 4.5/5 stars [2]
Dave Marsh 4/5 stars [3]

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.

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 two tracks were included in a digitally remastered, Copy Controlled 2004 re-release.[4]


Tom Robinson Band
  • Bill Price - engineer
  • Jerry Green - assistant engineer
  • Brian Palmer - art direction
  • Terry O'Neill, Peter Vernon - photography

Rock Against Racism[edit]

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


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