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PRESS - December 1990
"We Never Had It So Good"
TOM ROBINSON & JAKKO M JAKSZYK
By Siobhan Long
HIS EDGE is too ragged to fit any musical taxonomy. His rhythms too lofting to accede to the rules of pop. rock or jazz. His subjects too raw for the (majority of) the CD Microwave generation. He is unclassifiable All of which says (in a roundabout way) that Tom Robinson and Jakko M. Jakszyk have produced one of the best albums I've encountered in a long time and anything less than worldwide acclaim will be considered lip service.
He's come a long way from his days of co-writing with the likes of Elton John ("Never Gonna Fall In Love Again") and Peter Gabriel ("Atmospherics/Listen To The Radio").
They were but entrees to this scrumptious collection. If "War Baby" (1983)
was his first real show of strength then this album is his tour de force
- a veritable assault on the creeping complacency of the past decade.
OK so "Driving Through The Desert" or "What Have I Ever Done To You?"
are unlikely to be snapped up by those perceptive programmers on satellite
TV or radio stations fixated on classic hits. I doubt that these boys
will be too put out by that particular sleight of hand. Themes such as
sexual repression, bisexuality and our reactions thereto have not yet
been deemed. palatable (or marketable?) for the simple minds who faithfully
The single Blood Brother pursues a favourite theme of an estranged young man, and is supported by a lush Dave Stewart string score. The titles give the rest away - The Baby Rages On, Hard Cases, My Own Sweet Way - and there's a prodigious selection of talent helping out as well including Gavin Harrison, Danny Thompson and Pandit Dinesh from Dizrhythmia, and backing vocals from Sam Brown and Dan Hartman.
"My Own Sweet Way" hints that if Robinson had his, there would be anarchy
again in the U.K. The venom (both lyrically and rhythmically) recalls
The Clash at their. best. "Hard Cases - Peter's Theme" exposes a lot of
open wounds but not a hint of a bleeding heart "You try to keep me in
your debt/you rob me of my self respect/You crush me 'til there's nothing
left/I've got to live my own life". Tyranny(saurus) Wrecks.