In 1976 he formed the Tom Robinson Band and became one of the first advocates of Rock Against Racism and a lifelong support for Amnesty International and the LGBT movement. The first single “2-4-6-8 Moterway” immediately became a hit and “Glad To Be Gay” caused quite a stir, because of the ban on BBC radio at the time. After the break-up of the TRB, he moved to Hamburg in the early 1980s, disillusioned, where he recorded “War Baby” and “Listen To The Radio”, among others, and successfully developed his solo career. He has released 14 original albums since 1978 plus various compilations and Live CDs to date.
Tom Robinson is also popular in Belgium and has a special bond with that country; here he occasionally celebrates private fan concerts (only for those on his mailing list) under the heading “Castaway Party”. Tom even speaks quite a bit of Dutch and his concert setlist includes well-known Flemish hits such as “Eenzaam Zonder jou”.