UB40

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UB40 is a popular dub reggae / reggae pop music band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band may be the world's most culturally diverse dub reggae band with English, Turkish, Welsh, African and Jamaican parentage musicians. The band is named from the paper form issued by the U.K. for claiming unemployment benefits (UB40 = Unemployment Benefits, Form 40); during the Thatcher years, British slang referred to unemployed people as UB40s.

UB40 were influenced by the many Blues Parties they attended as teenagers in multiracial Birmingham, their love of ska and reggae inspired such original tracks as "King", "Madam Medusa", "Ivory Madonna", "Signing Off" and "One in Ten", later covered by 808 State.

Their early music style was unique, with a heavy influence of analogue synthesizers, psychedelic rock guitar, saxophone and Dub Reggae producer techniques which were later perfected by the late Pablo Falconer.

Other artists that UB40 have collaborated with include: Pato Banton, Bitty McLean, Chrissie Hynde and Afrika Bambaataa.

Its members include:

  • Jim Brown (drums)
  • Ali Campbell (guitar, lead vocals)
  • Robin Campbell (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Earl Falconer (Bass guitar, vocals)
  • Norman Hassan (percussion)
  • Brian Travers (saxophone)
  • Mickey Virtue (keyboards)
  • Terence Wilson (percussion, trumpet)
  • Astro (toasting vocals)
  • Pablo Falconer (producer)


The band purchased its first instruments with compensation money Ali Campbell received after a bar fight. They have had a number of hits, most commercially and to amusement of the band, "Red Red Wine", a cover version of a Neil Diamond song (in an arrangement similar to that of Tony Tribe's version).

Many of UB40's later recordings were inspired by 1960's ska and early lovers rock songs that would have otherwise been forgotten in the public eye. Their new injection of life into so many old Jamaican hits has resulted in many musicians and producers renewed popularity and income.

UB40's music has often tackled social issues such as racism and unemployment.

Contents

Discography

Albums

Singles

  • "King"/"Food For Thought" (1980), UK #4
  • "My Way Of Thinking"/"I Think It's Going To Rain" (1980), UK #6
  • "The Earth Dies Screaming"/"Dream A Lie" (1980), UK #10
  • "Don't Let It Pass You By"/"Don't Slow Down" (1981), UK #16
  • "One In Ten" (1981), UK #7
  • "I Won't Close My Eyes" (1982), UK #32
  • "Love Is All Is All Right" (1982), UK #29
  • "So Here I Am" (1982), UK #25
  • "I've Got Mine" (1983), UK #45
  • "Red Red Wine" (1983), UK #1
  • "Please Don't Make Me Cry" (1983), UK #10
  • "Many Rivers To Cross" (1983), UK #16
  • "Cherry Oh Baby" (1984), UK #12
  • "If It Happens Again" (1984), UK #9
  • "Riddle Me" (1984), UK #59
  • "I'm Not Fooled"/"The Pillow" (1985), UK #79
  • "I Got You Babe" (1985), UK #1
  • "Don't Break My Heart" (1985), UK #3
  • "Sing Our Own Song" (1986), UK #5
  • "All I Want To Do" (1986), UK #41
  • "Rat In Mi Kitchen" (1987), UK #12
  • "Watchdogs" (1987), UK #39
  • "Maybe Tomorrow" (1987), UK #14
  • "Reckless" (1988), UK #17
  • "Breakfast In Bed" (1988), UK #6
  • "Where Did I Go Wrong" (1988), UK #26
  • "Come Out To Play" (1988), UK #77
  • "I Would Do For You" (1989), UK #45
  • "Homely Girl" (1989), UK #6
  • "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" (1990), UK #46
  • "Kingston Town" (1990), UK #4
  • "Wear You To The Ball" (1990), UK #35
  • "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (1990), UK #6
  • "Impossible Love" (1990), UK #47
  • "The Way You Do The Things You Do" (1991), UK #49
  • "One In Ten" (1992), UK #17
  • "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" (1993), UK #1
  • "Higher Ground" (1993), UK #8
  • "Bring Me Your Cup" (1993), UK #24
  • "C'est La Vie" (1994), UK #37
  • "Reggae Music" (1994), UK #28
  • "Until My Dying Day" (1995), UK #15
  • "Tell Me Is It True" (1997), UK #14
  • "Always There" (1997), UK #53
  • "Come Back Darling" (1998), UK #10
  • "Holly Holy" (1998), UK #31
  • "The Train Is Coming" (1999), UK #30
  • "Light My Fire" (2000), UK #63
  • "Since I Met You Lady"/"Sparkle Of My Eyes" (2001), UK #40
  • "Cover Up" (2002), UK #54
  • "Swing Low" (2003), UK #15
  • "Kiss And Say Goodbye" (2005), UK #19

See also

External link

de:UB40 nl:UB40 sv:UB40 fr:UB40

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