How To Get Noticed (Not In A Good Way)

From: Claire Kennedy
Date: 7 May 2012 11:59:11 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: The Lights by Rebecca Mayes – please!!!!
[no message)
From: Rebecca Mayes
Date: 7 May 2012 12:17:26 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: The Lights by Rebecca Mayes
Dear Tom Robinson,
My name is Rebecca Mayes, I’ve submitted a track to BBC introducing and I hope you like it enough to play it on your show. I am releasing it as a single into the official UK charts this week!
Here is the song and video I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for a great show,
Rebecca Mayes
ps. let me know if you’d like me to send you the mp3 of the song
From: Isabella Lazlo
Date: 7 May 2012 17:37:11 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: request
Dear Tom Robinson,
I would love to hear and see Rebecca Mayes with her new single ‘The Lights’ PLEASE x
with warm regards, love your show,
Isabella Lazlo
From: “Tim Long”
Date: 7 May 2012 17:50:50 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: Rebecca Mayes
Hi Tom
Always love the show, thought you should play Rebecca Mayes,  the Lights, heard it the other day and it is a great song…can’t stop singing it. This girls going places I reckon, check it out, cool video on you tube as well. Hope you play it!
Take it easy
Tim Long
From: Casey Gatti
Date: 7 May 2012 18:13:31 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: Rebecca Mayes The Lights request for radio play
Hi Tom,
I’ve been following this musician (Rebecca Mayes) and just picked up her new single “The Lights.” It’s fresh and new. I think other people would be interested in hearing more of it too!
– Casey
From: hannah jones
Date: 7 May 2012 18:55:33 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: the lights!
Please can you play The Lights by Rebecca Mayes, so beautiful!
From: “Lynne”
Date: 8 May 2012 08:30:55 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: Please play….
Hi Tom…
Please play the superb and catchy “Turn the Lights Out” by Rebecca Mayes.
She rocks!
Lynne x
From: Jo Coish
Date: 8 May 2012 13:53:08 GMT+01:00
To: Tom Robinson
Subject: THE LIGHTS by Rebecca Mayes
Hi Tom
Please can you play THE LIGHTS by Rebecca Mayes
Thank you.
Jo Coish

You get the general idea…

If you were me, would receiving a series of these emails make you more inclined – or less inclined – to seek out this artist’s music and play it on the radio at the earliest opportunity?

Well, inconveniently, the track in question turns out to be not bad at all, as you can hear above. It just arrived in the dropbox for this week’s Listening Post and we can’t really disallow a decent tune just because the artist has been annoying…

So instead I’ve had to content myself with re-posting a grumpy piece from two years ago on the subject of Why Getting All Your Fans To Write In May Not Be Such A Great Idea After All. Check it out here

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Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...


  1. And take it from me, submitting nude photos with demos gets you nowhere – no matter how creative the poses or set design. How I long for the ‘good old days’ when I’d get my way by sheer harassment….

  2. tra

    To me this looks like all the e-mails were sent from 1 person but different e-mail addresses… Personally I wouldn’t want to hear that kind of artist and would never play them, if there’s no artistic integrity and self respect that you need to spam like this, it’s very likely you don’t care for music or at least that’s not your main objective for what you are doing…

  3. Tom

    Must say I rather enjoyed your nude photos, Bryan – they certainly made me go and check out the Backyards website in a hurry 🙂
    When are you going to upload Goodhart’s Law to our Listening Post?

    Not sure how seriously to take comments by somebody called tra whose email address is

  4. It’s been a nightmare getting content updates on our website. There’s a lesson to be learned: NEVER start a band website over which the band themselves aren’t in complete control. We’ve probably missed out on a few gigs because the ‘live dates’ section can’t be updated by anyone other than the webmaster. It’s embarrassing and is being sorted.

    Tom – I saw your keynote speech at the Unconference and was blown away. It was by far the highlight of the event.

  5. Tom

    Thanks so much Bryan – greatly appreciated. Really good to hear it hit the spot for you 🙂

  6. Blimey…flipping over kill…..are they all from the same IP address??

    As for nude photos accompanying demos….erm….that’d swing it for me Bryan!
    Debs x

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