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UB40 is an English group formed in 1978 in Birmingham by Ali Campbell, Brian Travers, Mickey Virtue, Astro, James Brown, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan. A group that can boast of having sold around 70 million records worldwide and having placed no less than 50 singles in the UK Singles Charts.


The name of the group would actually be a reference to the administrative document Unemployment Benefit, Form 40 which is used to apply for social security coverage for the unemployed.


The group’s first notorious performance took place on February 9, 1979 in a Birmingham pub for a friend’s birthday. And it was a year later in 1980 that their first single "Food for thought" was released. Single which will be a hit upon its release, to the point of touching the top of the English Charts.


Their first album "Signing off" was released in the process and in turn was a hit. He will remain classified 71 weeks in the end.


Another success in 1983 when the album "Labor of love" was released, an album of covers which notably produced the enormous "Red red wine", a cover of a title by Neil Diamond.


They did it again two years later in 1985 with the title "I got you babe" which they performed with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders which became a huge global hit. Flagship title taken from the album "Baggaridim".


It took them 5 years and the year 1990 to find success at the same level with the single "Kingston town" in 1990, produced from the album "Labor of love II".


The ultimate consecration came in 1993 with the title "(I can’t help) Falling in love with you", a flagship title that is part of the soundtrack of Sharon Stone Sliver's film. Flagship title that will remain as their biggest commercial success to date.


Thus making them definitively return to the legend, supreme reward for this unique group with such a particular musical signature and which will have profoundly marked the 80s.


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others ...) :

  • Food for thought 1980

  • I think it’s going to rain today 1980

  • Don’t slow down 1981

  • One in ten 1981

  • I won’t close my eyes 1982

  • Love is all is all right 1982

  • Red red wine 1983

  • Please don’t make me cry 1983

  • If it happens again 1984

  • I got you babe 1985

  • Don't break my heart 1985

  • Sing our own song 1986

  • Rat in my kitchen 1987

  • Breakfast in bed 1988

  • Where did I go wrong 1988

  • Homely girl 1989

  • Here I am (Come and take me) 1990

  • Kingston town 1990

  • The way you do the things you do 1990

  • Impossible love 1990

  • I'll be your baby tongith 1990

  • (I can’t help) Falling in love with you 1993

  • Higher ground 1993

  • Until my dying day 1995

  • Tell me is it true 1997

  • Always there 1997

  • Come back darling 1998

  • Holly Holy 1998

  • Sparkles of my eyes 2001

  • Really 2001

  • Cover up 2002

  • I knew you 2003

  • Drop on by 2003

  • Swing low 2003

  • After tonight 2005

  • Good situation 2005

  • Kiss and say goodbye 2005

  • Lost and found 2008

  • This is how it is 2008

  • Slow down 2008

  • I don't want to see you cry 2010

  • Get along without you now 2010

  • Holiday 2010

  • Behind the scenes 2013

  • Getting over the storm 2013

  • Blue bilet doux 2013

  • You haven't called 2019

  • The keeper 2019

  • Broken man 2019

  • Good vibes tonight 2021

  • Rebel love 2021

  • You don't call anymore 2021

  • What have I done 2022


 

Clips :


1980 ... a start with fanfare carried by a style particularly atypical for the time. Here they surely sign one of the most striking songs of the beginning of the decade



1980 ... the confirmation of an obvious talent. A second title which already says a lot about the potential of the group. And there is potential !



1981 ... an omnipresent reggae fashion that will become the indelible mark of the group's Fabrique. A style almost unique in its kind across the Channel ...



1981 ... a year 1981 a notch below the previous one. But whatever, the melodic quality is always present, that's the main thing !



1982 ... the start was sensational but the group struggles to confirm all the good that we thought of them. There is always good but the brilliant inspiration of the beginning is somewhat lacking ...



1982 ... hope is reborn with this much more inspired title. And when we see what is on the horizon, we have every reason to hope ...



1983 ... then arrives the Masterpiece, in truth a revisited version of the title of Neil Diamond dating from 1967. A revisited title which will change everything, explode their notoriety and make them definitively return to the musical legend of the 80s . MAS-TER-FUL !



1983 ... the group takes advantage of the incredible aspiration phenomenon generated by the previous title to establish their dominant position



1984 ... now it's a top hit per year. For the year 1984, the top hit will be this one ...



1985 ... when 2 big names of the moment meet, the result is necessarily up to the task. They sign here their 2nd biggest hit, just that !



1985 ... a particularly inspired year 1985 which saw the group venturing into melodic lands that they weren't necessarily used to exploring. A little change doesn't hurt, on the contrary !



1986 ... a dynamic which does not weaken despite the weight of the years. And always this inimitable style, unique among all and which continues to make the difference ...



1987 ... the top hit of the year 1987. The group lives its life quietly and aligns the hits, year after year, with obvious ease and constant inspiration



1988 ... as soon as Chrissie Hynde is part of the adventure, the sales scores literally soar. A beneficent fairy who allows the group to transcend each time !



1988 ... another title outside the melodic standards of the group. And again, it works perfectly. Like what !



1989 ... a beautiful end to a decade. They surely sign here one of their most emblematic titles...



1990 ... one would have thought that the 90s would see the band die out slowly but surely. Oh no. On the contrary !



1990 ... a HUGE 1990 that allows them to deliver near perfect copies every time. And in particular this title which will remain as one of their biggest successes !



1990 ... a decidedly exceptional year with a 3rd top hit on the clock. The group is literally walking on water at the start of the decade !



1990 ... it's a hallucinating wave of very big caliber titles which shows that they still have a hell of a lot under the pedal ...



1990 ... a new luxury partnership which once again allows them to give the best of themselves. It must be said that with Robert Palmer as Guest star, we suspected that the result would necessarily be up to par !



1993 ... after 2 years more or less empty, we find them in Olympic form in this year 1993. All thanks to a sumptuous cover of the title of Elvis dating from 1961...



1993 ... a year that was particularly successful for them with a second top hit in the wake. Admittedly, this title will not know the same level of success as its predecessor but will still remain as their last major success...



1995 ... 15 years after their debut and still there. Only the greatest will have lasted so long ...



1997 ... an adventure that lasts, lasts, lasts. And especially who sees them stay in contact with the competition without too many problems ...



1997 ... always there as they say ! A desire to move forward which commands respect and which will inevitably lead them to the next decade, that's for sure ...



1998 ... of course, the drop in speed accelerates and their fame will no longer exceed England from now on, but when we see what they are still capable of offering, we take !



1998 ... an astonishing title which sees them exploring new tones. It is clear that they will have to review their fundamentals in order to be able to hope to exist even a little in the next decade ...



2001 ... the bar of 20 years of career is crossed. Who would have thought in 1980 that they would still be there in 2002. Not many people, that's clear ...



2001...certainly, we are not going to lie to each other, the best years are now behind them. But what they still have to offer is far from devoid of interest, that's clear...



2002...they will even manage to classify a few titles during this decade, including this one. Like what it's worth believing in again and again...



2003...especially since it's not a single and unique album that they will release during this decade but several. And to the more than certain quality, that is to say...



2003... a group with talent necessarily above the average to still exist during this decade. We can only salute the performance...



2003...they even make an ode to the sporting world to vary the pleasures. The art of mixing genres in an original way...



2005...they impress with their level of productivity which remains at a truly astonishing level from a group from the 80s. It is in these cases that we recognize the best...



2005... rare were the bands of the 80s to manage to maintain themselves at the highest level during this decade of 2000. Those who try to come back will only succeed in the next decade for the most part...



2005 ... they will achieve here a last notorious success which will allow them to add a new star to an already very rich prize list. All thanks to this luxury cover of the Manhattans title dating from 1976. Hats off, gentlemen !



2008...the group will release no less than 4 albums during this decade of 2010, a real achievement. And each time quality opuses which does not spoil anything, quite the contrary...



2008...when you count the number of albums released by the group since its debut, the list is most impressive. An inspiration among the best of their generation...



2008... the group ends its 3rd decade of career and does not intend to stop there at first sight. Nothing is ever finished with them, you have to know that !



2010...and here they are, proudly starting this new decade of 2010. A decade where they will manage to maintain themselves at the highest level without too much difficulty...



2010...certainly their style will have evolved very little since their beginnings but that will not have penalized them more than that. At least in terms of career duration because it is clear that on the Charts side he has not been in the top places for a long time...



2010... will the 2010 decade be as prolific as the previous decades, only time will tell. But with them, we imagine that it will be the case...



2013... at first sight, we start again on the same bases in terms of production of titles as the previous decade. Tireless little guys...



2013... here they are integrating a semblance of Country sound in their so typical reggae style, a mixture for the less original. And why not tell me...



2013...good job as always. With them everything is fluid and almost no song disappoints. This underlines the performance all the more when you see the number of titles released in the end...



2019 ... we will still lose sight of them for almost 6 years, something they had not accustomed us to since their debut. A little slack that had to happen one day...



2019... what is reassuring is that the level has not weakened in 6 years. We could have feared the worst but it was avoided in any case, that's for sure...



2019...so, are we going to find them again the following decade or will this opus be the last ? Only them can answer this question...



2021... they decided not to let go because here they are again ! Always so motivated and always inclined to believe that in music everything is always possible. And they are right !



2021...you still have to remember that they started in...1980 ! They have therefore been there for almost 40 years and surely do not intend to stop there at first sight...



2021...a 2020 decade that sees an incredible number of groups from the 80s come back to the fore. As a result, they will feel a little less alone now...



2022... so we imagine that this title will surely not be the last. We are therefore quietly waiting for the sequel which will necessarily be of quality as always…




 

Wiki :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UB40

Official Website :

http://ub40.global/

Greatest Hits :

https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/165

Discography :

https://www.youtube.com/ub40/featured


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