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UB40

Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 were formed in a welfare line in 1978, and their multiracial lineup reflected the working-class community their members came from. The band consolidated its street credibility with political topics appealing to dissatisfied youth and got a boost from fans of the waning 2-Tone ska revival movement. Brothers Robin (lead guitar) and Ali Campbell (guitar, lead vocals) formed the centerpiece of the group, which also included bassist Earl Falconer, keyboardist Mickey Virtue, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jim Brown, percussionist Norman Hassan, and toaster Terence "Astro" Wilson. The band purchased its first instruments with compensation money Ali Campbell received after a bar fight, even though few of the members knew how to play them.

But by the end of the year, the group was invited to tour with the Pretenders. Their "Food for Thought" single reached the U.K. Top Ten in 1980, beginning a long streak of chart appearances. Signing Off and Present Arms were big sellers in Britain, if not America, and addressed the political issues of the day in songs like "One in Ten," a Top Ten hit blasting Margaret Thatcher for the country's unemployment rate. Released in 1983, Labour of Love, an album of reggae cover songs, gave the group its first chart album in America and first number one U.K. hit with Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine." Several albums of original material sold well in the U.K., but only respectably in the U.S., where the group's biggest hit was a Top 30 cover of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" featuring the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.

In 1988, the group performed "Red Red Wine" at a Nelson Mandela tribute concert, and a Phoenix radio station trotted the single out for a second go-round. Listener response was far more enthusiastic, and "Red Red Wine" reentered the charts and went all the way to the top. Finally having hit on a way to conquer the lucrative American market, UB40 responded with another covers album, Labour of Love II, which produced Top Ten singles with versions of the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and Al Green's "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)." The group scored a huge hit in America with Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," which was initially featured in the Sharon Stone film Sliver and spent seven weeks at number one. By this time, UB40 had largely abandoned their trademark left-wing politics and were concentrating more on perfecting their reggae oldies covers than their original material; however, the gimmick resulted in huge sales figures in both the U.S. and U.K., with Promises and Lies reaching number six in the States and number one in Britain.

In the spring of 1998, UB40 released Presents the Dancehall Album in the U.K. A third Labour of Love collection followed a year later. In fall 2002, UB40 bounced back with yet another collection. The Fathers of Reggae, which appeared on Virgin in November, highlighted the band's roots in reggae in a selection of classics. In 2003, the band scored a major hit in the U.K. when its version of the spiritual "Swing Low" with the multicultural choir United Colours of Sound became the official anthem for the 2003 English Rugby team. The song was featured on the 2003 album Homegrown. As their 2005 album, Who You Fighting For?, was being released, an announcement was made that the band would be working with Birmingham's Repertory Theatre to stage a new musical in the spring of 2006. Two years later, their album Twentyfourseven became their last with vocalist Ali Campbell and keyboardist Michael Virtue.

UB40's 2010 release, Labour of Love IV, introduced Ali’s brother Duncan as the group’s new lead singer. They also released a remastered two-CD/DVD version of Signing Off as a 30th Anniversary Special, which the band toured across America and Europe. In 2011, five founding members -- Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Terence Wilson, Norman Hassan, and Jim Brown -- started bankruptcy proceedings against the existing group over debts accrued by their label, DEP International. Alongside former singer Ali Campbell, they were declared bankrupt that year. In 2013, they released their 18th studio album. Titled Getting Over the Storm, it featured covers of country music songs by the likes of Willie Nelson, George Jones, Randy Travis, and more. The album was a success, receiving widespread acclaim. In 2016, Astro, Campbell, and Mickey returned to record an album with the rest of the band; the results, released as Unplugged in November, contained acoustic interpretations of their most classic and influential tracks. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Getting Over The Storm

1. Midnight Rider

2. Just What's Killing Me

3. Getting Over The Storm

4. Blue Bilet Doux

5. If You Ever Have Forever

6. Crying Time

7. How Will I Get Through This

8. He'Ll Have To Go

9. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

10. I Did What I Did

11. On The Other Hand

12. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live

13. I Didn'T Know

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Track List: 5 Album Set

Disc 1

1. Tyler

2. King

3. 12 Bar

4. Burden Of Shame

5. Adella

6. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

7. 25%

8. Food For Thought

9. Little By Little

10. Signing Off

11. Madam Medusa

12. Strange Fruit

13. Reefer Madness

Disc 2

1. Present Arms

2. Sardonicus

3. Don't Let It Pass You By

4. Wild Cat

5. One In Ten

6. Don't Slow Down

7. Silent Witness

8. Lamb's Bread

9. Don't Walk On The Grass

10. Dr X

Disc 3

1. So Here I Am

2. I Won't Close My Eyes (Remix)

3. Forget The Cost

4. Love Is All Is Alright (Remix)

5. The Piper Calls The Tune

6. The Key

7. Don't Do The Crime

8. Folitician (Remix)

9. The Prisoner

Disc 4

1. Cherry Oh Baby

2. Keep On Moving

3. Please Don't Make Me Cry

4. Sweet Sensation

5. Johnny Too Bad

6. Red Red Wine

7. Guilty

8. She Caught The Train

9. Version Girl

10. Many Rivers To Cross

Disc 5

1. Riddle Me

2. As Always You Were Wrong Again

3. If It Happens Again

4. D U B

5. The Pillow

6. Nkomo A Go-Go

7. Seasons

8. You're Not An Army

9. I'm Not Fooled So Easily

10. Your Eyes Were Open

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Track List: Essential

1. Food For Thought

2. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

3. My Way Of Thinking

4. 25%

5. Don't Let It Pass You By

6. Don't Slow Down

7. Sardonicus

8. Present Arms

9. Don't Do The Crime

10. Forget The Cost

11. Red Red Wine

12. Many Rivers To Cross

13. Don't Break My Heart

14. Homely Girl

15. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)

16. Higher Ground

18. Come Back Darling

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Track List: Signing Off

Disc 1

1. Tyler (2010 Digital Remaster)

2. King (2010 - Remaster)

3. 12 Bar (2010 Digital Remaster)

4. Burden Of Shame (2010 Digital Remaster)

5. Adella (2010 Digital Remaster)

6. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (2010 - Remaster)

7. 25% (2010 - Remaster)

8. Food For Thought (2010 - Remaster)

9. Little By Little (2010 - Remaster)

10. Signing Off (2010 Digital Remaster)

Disc 2

1. Madam Medusa (2010 Digital Remaster)

2. Strange Fruit (2010 Digital Remaster)

3. Reefer Madness (2010 Digital Remaster)

4. My Way Of Thinking (12" Version;2010 - Remaster)

5. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (12" Version;2010 Digital Remaster)

6. The Earth Dies Screaming (12" Version;2010 Digital Remaster)

7. Dream A Lie (12" Version;2010 Digital Remaster)

8. Food For Thought (BBC Radio One John Peel Session)

9. 25% (BBC Radio One John Peel Session)

10. King (BBC Radio One John Peel Session)

11. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (BBC Radio One Kid Jensen Session)

12. My Way Of Thinking (BBC Radio One Kid Jensen Session)

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Track List: Labour Of Love IV

1. Don't Want To See You Cry

2. Get Along Without You Now

3. Bring It On Home To Me

4. Cream Puff

5. Easy Snappin'

6. Holiday

7. Close To Me

8. Man Next Door

9. Tracks Of My Tears

10. True, True, True

11. Boom Shacka Lacka

12. You're Gonna Need Me

13. A Love I Can Feel

14. Baby Why

15. Loving Pauper

16. Come On Little Girl

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Can't Help Falling In Love

2. One In Ten

3. Red Red Wine (Radio Edit)

4. If It Happens Again

5. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)

6. Sing Our Own Song (Radio Edit)

7. I Got You Babe (Feat. Chrissie Hynde)

8. Groovin' (Out On Life)

9. My Way Of Thinking

10. The Way You Do The Things You Do

11. Higher Ground

12. Please Don't Make Me Cry

13. Kingston Town

14. Come Back Darling

15. Don't Break My Heart

16. Cherry Oh Baby

17. Breakfast In Bed

18. Rat In Mi Kitchen (Radio Edit)

19. Homely Girl

20. Until My Dying Day

21. Swing Low (Feat. The United Colours Of Sound) (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Who You Fighting For?

1. Who You Fighting For?

2. After Tonight

3. Bling Bling

4. Plenty More

5. War Poem

6. Sins Of The Fathers

7. Good Situation

8. Gotta Tell Someone

9. Reasons

10. One Woman Man

11. I'll Be On My Way

12. Kiss And Say Goodbye

13. Things You Say You Love

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Track List: Labour Of Love I II & III

Disc 1

1. Cherry Oh Baby

2. Keep On Moving

3. Please Don't Make Me Cry

4. Sweet Sensation

5. Johnny Too Bad

6. Red Red Wine

7. Guilty

8. She Caught The Train

9. Version Girl

10. Many Rivers To Cross

Disc 2

1. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)

2. Tears From My Eyes

3. Groovin' (Out On Life)

4. The Way You Do The Things You Do

5. Wear You To The Ball

6. Singer Man

7. Kingston Town

8. Baby

9. Wedding Day

10. Sweet Cherrie

11. Stick By Me

12. Just Another Girl

13. Homely Girl

14. Impossible Love

Disc 3

1. Holly Holy

2. It's My Delight

3. Come Back Darling

5. Soul Rebel

6. My Best Girl

7. Good Ambition

8. The Train Is Coming

9. Blood And Fire

10. Mr Fix It

11. Stay A Little Bit Longer

12. Someone Like You

13. The Time Has Come

14. Crying Over You

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Track List: The UB40 File

1. Tyler

2. King

3. Burden Of Shame

4. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

5. Food For Thought

6. Signing Off

7. Madam Medusa

8. Strange Fruit

9. My Way Of Thinking

10. The Earth Dies Screaming

11. Dream A Lie

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Track List: UB44

1. So Here I Am

2. I Won't Close My Eyes (Remix)

3. Forget the Cost

4. Love Is All Is Alright (Remix)

5. The Piper Calls The Tune

6. The Key

7. Don't Do the Crime

8. Folitician (Remix)

9. The Prisoner

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Track List: Live In Moscow

1. All I Want To Do (Live)

2. Cherry Oh Baby (Live)

3. Keep On Moving (Live)

4. Watchdogs (Live)

5. Don't Blame Me (Live)

6. Tell It Like It Is (Live)

7. Please Don't Make Me Cry (Live)

8. Johnny Too Bad (Live)

9. I Got You Babe (Live)

10. Don't Break My Heart (Live)

11. If It Happens Again (Live)

12. Rat In Mi Kitchen (Live)

13. Sing Our Own Song (Live)

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Track List: UB40 Present The Fathers Of Reggae

1. You Could Meet Somebody

2. You're Always Pulling Me Down

3. Bring Me Your Cup

4. Silent Witness

5. Always There

6. I Love It When You Smile

7. Don't Do The Crime

8. Watchdogs

9. Love Is All Is Alright

10. The Earth Dies Screaming

11. Don't Slow Down

12. Higher Ground

13. The Pillow

14. C'est La Vie

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Track List: The Very Best Of UB40

1. I Got You Babe

2. Here I Am

4. One In Ten

6. Kingston Town

7. If It Happens Again

8. Don't Break My Heart

9. Cherry Oh Baby

10. Can't Help Falling In Love

11. Higher Ground

12. Tell Me Is It True

13. Rat In Mi Kitchen

14. Until My Dying Day

15. The Way You Do The Things You Do

16. Light My Fire

17. Food For Thought

18. Sing Our Own Song

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Track List: Labour Of Love III

1. Holly Holy

2. It's My Delight

3. Come Back Darling

4. Never Let You Go

5. Soul Rebel

6. My Best Girl

7. Good Ambition

8. The Train Is Coming

9. Blood And Fire

10. Mr Fix It

11. Stay A Little Bit Longer

12. Someone Like You

13. The Time Has Come

14. Crying Over You

15. Legalise It

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Track List: Guns In The Ghetto

1. Always There

2. Hurry Come Up

3. I Love It When You Smile

4. I've Been Missing You

5. Oracabessa Moonshine

6. Guns In The Ghetto

7. Tell Me Is It True

8. Friendly Fire

9. I Really Can't Say

10. Lisa

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Track List: Baggariddim

1. The King Step Mk. 1

2. The Buzz Feeling

3. Lyric Officer Mk. 2

4. Demonstrate

5. Two In A One Mk. 1

6. Hold Your Position Mk. 3

7. Hip Hop Lyrical Robot

8. Style Mk. 4

9. Fight Fe Come In Mk. 2

10. V's Version

11. Don't Break My Heart

12. I Got You Babe (Feat. Chrissie Hynde)

13. Mi Spliff

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Track List: Rat In The Kitchen

1. All I Want To Do

2. You Could Meet Somebody

3. Tell It Like It Is

4. The Elevator

5. Watchdogs

6. Rat In Mi Kitchen

7. Looking Down At My Reflection

8. Don't Blame Me

9. Sing Our Own Song

x

Track List: UB40 Live

1. Food For Thought (Live)

2. Sardonicus (Live)

3. Don't Slow Down (Live)

4. Folitician (Live)

5. Tyler (Live)

6. Present Arms (Live)

7. The Piper Calls The Tune (Live)

8. Love Is All Is Alright (Live)

9. Burden Of Shame (Live)

10. One In Ten (Live 1994)

x

Track List: Promises And Lies

1. C'est La Vie

2. Desert Sand

3. Promises And Lies

4. Bring Me Your Cup

5. Higher Ground

6. Reggae Music

7. Can't Help Falling In Love

8. Now And Then

9. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be

10. It's A Long Long Way

11. Sorry

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Track List: Labour Of Love II

1. Here I Am/Small Axe (Come And Take Me)

2. Tears From My Eyes

3. Groovin' (Out On Life)

4. The Way You Do The Things You Do

5. Kingston Town

6. Baby

7. Wedding Day

8. Wear You To The Ball

9. Homely Girl

10. Impossible Love

x

Track List: UB40

1. Dance With The Devil

2. Come Out To Play

3. Breakfast In Bed

4. You're Always Pulling Me Down

5. I Would Do For You

6. 'Cos It Isn't True

7. Where Did I Go Wrong

8. Contaminated Minds

9. Matter Of Time

10. Music So Nice

11. Dance With The Devil (Reprise)

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Track List: Geffery Morgan

1. Riddle Me

2. As Always You Were Wrong Again

3. If It Happens Again

4. D.U.B.

5. The Pillow

6. Nkomo A Go Go

7. Seasons

8. You're Not An Army

9. I'm Not Fooled So Easily

10. Your Eyes Were Open

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Track List: Labour Of Love I

1. Cherry Oh Baby

2. Keep On Moving

3. Please Don't Make Me Cry

4. Sweet Sensation

5. Johnny Too Bad

6. Red Red Wine

7. Guilty

8. She Caught The Train

9. Version Girl

10. Many Rivers To Cross

x

Track List: Present Arms

1. Present Arms

2. Sardonicus

3. Don't Let It Pass You By

4. Wild Cat

5. One In Ten

6. Don't Slow Down

7. Silent Witness

8. Lamb's Bread

9. Don't Walk On The Grass

10. Dr. X

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