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Ian Gomm

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Perhaps most widely known among the guitarists/vocalists for the seminal pub rock group Brinsley Schwarz, Ian Gomm began his career in music mainly because an apprentice in EMI’s mechanical and engineering departments. During his five years using the label, Gomm also fronted many R&B-inspired trios, starting for bands like the Who, the Move, and Green Floyd. By 1970, Gomm was prepared to pursue playing music full-time; he quit his work at EMI on the Fri and was using Brinsley Schwarz by Mon. Gomm’s versatility being a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (he was called “Best Tempo Guitarist” by NME in 1971) helped the group make the changeover from folky country-rock to straight-ahead pub rock and roll — Gomm’s documenting debut using the music group, Nervous on the highway, is among the group’s greatest albums and features among Gomm’s strongest tracks, “IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME.” He remained with Brinsley Schwarz before group folded in 1975, after that shifted to Wales, where he constructed his own studio room and recorded periods with the Stranglers, Amon Düül, and Alexis Korner. He also done his own materials and agreed upon to Albion, who released his single debut, Summer Vacation, in 1978. The next year, Stiff/Epic released the record as Gomm using the Wind in the us, where the one “HANG ON” reached quantity 12 within the Warm 100 and resulted in a gig assisting Dire Straits on the Sultans of Golf swing tour. Subsequent single albums included Just what a Blow, The Community Voice (including “Louise,” a tune that became Phil Everly’s initial solo strike) and 1986’s Pictures, his final discharge from the ’80s. Gomm spent all of those other decade creating a fresh studio room, Mountain Audio, and writing even more tunes. Producing and executive also held him occupied until 1997, when he released Crazy for you personally. In 2000, he came back to the studio room with Jeff “Stay” Davis from the Amazing Tempo Aces and Pat McInerney of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra to record Rock and roll ‘N’ Roll Center, that was released in 2002 and in addition features performances from the Tempo Aces’ Russell Smith and Griffith.

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Full Name Ian Gomm
Nationality British
Music Groups Brinsley Schwarz
Music Songs Cruel To Be Kind, Hooked on love, I'm in a Heartache, That's the Way I Rock 'n' Roll, Rock 'n' Roll Heart, Sad Affair, Hold On, Twenty Four Hour Service, Murder in the Night, Dirty Lies, Leave It to the Music, Going Through The Motions, Slow Dancing, Chicken Run, Carrillon, Words of Love, Goin' Thru The Motions, You Can't Do That, You Treat Me Like A King, Hold On to a Dream, Lovers Walk, Hold On To A Dream Tonight, Everybody Wants To Get It, You've Broken Every Heart, Go Through Sunday, How Could Love Last So Long?, The Love We Make, Always And Forever, If All The Love In The World, War Of Words, Why Do We Have To Make Friends?, It Sounds The Same
Albums Only Time Will Tell, Silver Pistol, Despite It All, Summer Holiday, Gomm With the Wind, What a Blow, The New Favourites of... Brinsley Schwarz, The Village Voice, 24 Hour Service, Crazy For You, Rock 'n' Roll Heart, Cheap Hearts Hurt, Come On Ian Gomm, Hold On: The Very Best Of Ian Gomm


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raising Hope 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Smashed 2012 writer: "Cruel To Be Kind"
I.O.U.S.A. 2008 Documentary lyrics: "Cruel to Be Kind" - as Ian Robert Gomm / music: "Cruel to Be Kind" - as Ian Robert Gomm
Cold Case 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 writer: "Cruel To Be Kind"
200 Cigarettes 1999 "Cruel to Be Kind"
Dead Man's Curve 1998 writer: "Cruel to Be Kind" - as Gomm
Razzamatazz 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series writer - 2 episodes

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