Tom Robinson’s powerful political anthems in the punk period saw him as a voice reason in the middle of the delicious madness of the time.

In recent years he has been one of BBC 6music’s key new music DJs but has kept his musical career going and is about to release his first album for more than decade. You can stream his new single here.

And follow his facebook page for information on his autumn released album and tour dates.

Tom Robinson’s Top 10 favourite albums : number 1 : 1963 THE BEATLES – With The Beatles

My parents gave me this album for Christmas 1963 when I was 13. It was the first album the Fab Four released after breaking big in the singles chart, and was amazing value for money because it didn’t include any of those chart topping singles – which of course most of us teenagers had already bought by then. My favourite Beatles album, then and now, was actually Rubber Soul but – thinking about it – this one was actually more important because it introduced mainstream British audiences to Tamla Motown for the first time. Most British rock bands covering black American music up till then had referenced the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard Muddy Waters etc. But with this album Lennon and McCartney introduced us to the catchy new black Detroit pop on songs like “Please Mister Postman”, “You Really Got a Hold on Me” and above all Berry Gordy’s own “Money (That’s What I Want)”. Within a year Holland–Dozier–Holland and The Supremes were topping the UK chart in their own right, and nothing was ever the same again.

For number 2 in Tom Robinson’s top 10 favourite albums please go here

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