Power in the Darkness

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Power in the Darkness
TRB - Power in the Darkness Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by
StudioWessex Studios, London
GenrePunk rock, hard rock, new wave
Length38:35 (original)
68:52 (2004 reissue)
LabelEMI EMC 3226
ProducerChris Thomas,
Vic Maile on "2-4-6-8 Motorway"
Tom Robinson Band chronology
Power in the Darkness

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 record sleeve of the bonus LP included the number to the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of New York. The 1993 CD re-release included all 17 tracks. Two more tracks were included on a 2004 re-release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Ralph Heibutzki of AllMusic was heavily lauding of Power in the Darkness, calling the record's consistency "remarkable", and quipping "Think music and politics don't mix? Listen to this album, and then decide."[1]

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 aka Anton Mauve) – 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" – 3:18
  2. "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan) – 4:35
  3. "(Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay" – 5:00
  4. "Don't Take No for an Answer" – 4:35
  5. "Martin" – 2:53
  6. "Right On Sister" (Robinson, Kustow, Butterfield, Taylor) – 3:25
  7. "I'm All Right Jack" (Robinson, Kustow) – 2:29
  8. "I'm Waiting for My Man"† (Live at the London Lyceum, 1977) (Lou Reed) – 4:25
  9. "Power in the Darkness"† (2004 Remix) – 3:23

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


Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 52
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[6] 4
United States (Billboard 200) 144


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.


  1. ^ a b Heibutzki, Ralph. Tom Robinson Band - Power in the Darkness (1978) album review, credits & releases at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1980). The Rolling Stone Record Guide. Virgin Book / Rolling Stone Press. p. 326. ISBN 0-907080-00-6.
  4. ^ TRB – Power in the Darkness (1978) album releases & credits at Discogs
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 254. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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