Campaign Against Living Miserably, CALM, are honoured that legendary musician, broadcaster and campaigner, Tom Robinson, best known for hits ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ and ‘Glad To Be Gay’, and his involvement in the Rock Against Racism movement, has chosen to support CALM with his first single in 20 years.
Combining Tom’s spoken word poetry and the powerhouse vocals of Mancunian artist, Lee Forsyth Griffiths, ‘Don’t Jump Don’t Fall’ was mastered by Frank Arkwright at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and tells the moving story of a teenage runaway going off the rails.
The track is being released on June 1st, Tom's 65th birthday, to help CALM raise awareness of male suicide, now the single leading cause of death in men aged 20-45 in the UK.
Having battled depression himself at various points in his life, CALM is a charity close to Tom's heart: “The work they do is invaluable and was an obvious campaign to support with this particular record. If only CALM had been around in the 1960s, it would have saved me ten years of anguish.”
CALM CEO, Jane Powell says, “It’s a real honour to have the support of an icon like Tom Robinson and add his voice to the thousands of men who support the campaign. Every guy hits a wall at some point and needs to be allowed to get support without being judged ‘less of a man’ for doing so”
‘Don't Jump, Don't Fall’ is the first track to be taken from Tom Robinson’s 15th studio album. Still untitled, the full-length record is due out digitally on 5 October 2015, followed by limited edition 180gm heavyweight vinyl in December. The album has been funded by a spectacular PledgeMusic campaign which passed its initial target within the first three weeks, and will be followed by a major 14 date UK tour in Oct/Nov.
Don’t Jump, Don’t Fall is out June 1st on iTunes and is available to steam on Spotify now: https://open.spotify.com/album/668zWcI5dSQ45ailXlRJHG
Notes to Editors:
Contact: Rachel Clare// Director of Comms, CALM // firstname.lastname@example.org // tel: 0203 697 9331
Tom Robinson is a songwriter and broadcaster born in 1950. In 1975 his first group Café Society released an album produced by Ray Davies, but it was in the late seventies that he first enjoyed chart success fronting his own Tom Robinson Band (TRB). With hits such as Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall, TRB were prominent supporters of Rock Against Racism, headlining the Victoria Park Carnival in early 1978 in front of 80,000 people.
Their debut album Power In The Darkness went gold in the UK and Japan, and after the band broke up in 1979 Tom subsequently wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John. His third band Sector 27 was a cult hit in New York, and played Madison Square gardens with The Police before splitting in 1981.
He went on to release a further ten albums as a solo artist - and after further hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, Tom was offered his own radio show on the BBC World Service. He subsequently won two gold Sony Academy Radio Awards, and has hosted programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 5 Live and 6 Music – where over the past 13 years he’s become a staunch champion of independent bands and emerging artists.
Inspired by this wealth of new music, Tom has returned to the recording studio to make his first new album since 'Having It Both Ways' (Cooking Vinyl, 1996) with award-winning producer Gerry Diver. The songs are as vibrant and edgy as any he’s ever written: the sound of a veteran craftsman – drawing on his long, rich fund of experience – with a renewed energy and purpose. Guests who've agreed to appear on the record include Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Sir Ian McKellen and Nadine Shah.
Watch the promotional video for the album here:
Watch Tom and his band playing live here:
The campaign against living miserably, CALM, is an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.
In 2014 CALM supported over 30,000 callers via its helpline and webchat. CALM runs:-
- a free, confidential helpline and webchat service is available every day of the week. 0800 585858 (national) 0808 802 5858 (London) open 7 days a week, 5pm – midnight;
- the website www.thecalmzone.net a source of information, stories and signposting for men who are down;
- publishes a quarterly men's lifestyle magazine, CALMzine;
There were 6,233 probable suicides in the UK in 2013 of which 78% or 4,858, were male. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS 2013).
CALM is reg charity no's. 1110621 and SC044347