Tom Robinson Band – 2,4,6,8 Motorway (Leaping Ahead #99)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #99: 160408

[A song for the 1970’s (4)]

Written by Tom Robinson, this was the first single released by the Tom Robinson Band, who had formed in January 1977 and were signed to EMI in August 1977. Robinson wrote the song between leaving Café Society in 1976, and forming the Tom Robinson Band in 1977, when he was performing with whichever friends were available on the night, so the song had to be simple enough to learn in a few minutes.

He apparently came up with the tune whilst trying to work out the chords to Climax Blues Band’s “Couldn’t Get It Right”” which he couldn’t really remember. This led to the simple three chord repeat of 2-4-6-8. The verse came from Robinson’s memories of driving back to London through the night after gigs with Café Society…

By the time our van hit the last stretch of M1 into London the motorway sun really was coming up with the morning light.

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