Precursor song, recorded for Campaign for Homosexual Equality, 1975
Here are all the released versions of Glad To Be Gay plus several significant unreleased ones.
– release data and record cover
– streaming audio
– MP3 download (encoded at 160kbps)
– notes explaining the lyric references
– comments from Tom
Unreleased demo recorded with Tom's acoustic trio Cafe Society, 1976
Unreleased demo recorded with the unsigned Tom Robinson Band, mid 1977
Generally regarded as the original version. Recorded late 1977, released on the Rising Free EP, 1978.
Unreleased live concert broadcast on San Francisco radio station KSAN, 11 June 1978
Unreleased live recording on Tom's 29th birthday with the TRB Two line-up on their final tour, June 1979
Recorded during a week of Gay Pride concerts ten years after Stonewall
Solo acoustic version at the Secret Policeman's Ball benefit concert for Amnesty International, London, June 1979
Piano version at raucous gay concert, with enthusiastic singalong backing, December 1982
Not so much an update as an entirely new lyric, recorded live for inclusion on a 1987 greatest hits album
Recorded live during the Tom Robinson Band reunion, 1990
Live at Eton morning assembly, 3 March 1994. Really.
One verse a capella, released as a hidden track on the Having It Both Ways album, 1996. 'If gay liberation means freedom for all, a label is no liberation at all...'
Live in Japan with full band, 1996
Pared down acoustic based version, live in Belgium 1998
Sprightly acoustic version, 1998
Unreleased acoustic version recorded for Queer Music Heritage, 11 June 2004
Snarly queercore, Finnish folk, eerie Swedish pop and seething hiphop interpretations