This is an absolutely pitch perfect pop song. It’s the sort of thing that (for a while) was swept away by the advent of punk rock.
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I was never much into punk but I confess to a soft spot for Plastic Bertrand – mainly because heâs one of those famous Belgians there are supposed to be none of.
(Well he’s famous if you were around in the 70s.)
I was shocked on loading this video to discover the song was nothing to do with him; being both sung and composed by its producer Lou Deprijck.
This is one of the few songs from the latter end of the 70s that will make it here as I never much went for punk and its aftermath.
However Tom Robinson partly surfed the punk wave and I was predisposed to his work as I had actually seen him performing on-stage at the Apollo in Glasgow when he was supporting someone or other – exactly whom I now forget – as part of an acoustic trio named CafÃ© Society (not, I think, the South African band Wiki links to.) The CafÃ© Society Tom was in were good, very good indeed. I wasnât surprised when he went on to success.
The Tom Robinson band was harder edged as this live performance attests.