UB40

The group’s led a charmed life in many respects it’s true, but it’s been a long haul since the days they’d meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley, and some of them had to scrape by on less than £8 a week unemployment benefit.

The choice was simple if you’d left school early. You could either work in one of the local factories, like Robin Campbell did, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen. By the summer of 1978, something else did happen, and the nucleus of UB40 began rehearsing in a local basement. Robin’s younger brother Ali, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers and James Brown all knew each other from Moseley School of Art, whilst Norman Hassan had been a friend of Ali’s since school. Initially, they thought of themselves as a "jazz-dub-reggae" band, but by the time Robin was persuaded to join and they’d recruited Michael Virtue and Astro – who’d learnt his craft with Birmingham sound-system Duke Alloy – the group had already aligned themselves to left-wing political ideals and forged their own identity, separate from the many punk and Two Tone outfits around at that time. The group had nailed their colours to the mast by naming themselves after an unemployment benefit form. Their political convictions hadn’t been gleaned secondhand either, but cemented in place whilst attending marches protesting against the National Front, or rallies organised by Rock Against Racism...
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UB40 DISCOGRAPHY

Title
Cat No.
Label
Format

Food for thought/King

UB4O's 1st single-- Hit no. 4 in UK charts in 1980. went Gold & a big hit worldwide
Grad 6
Graduate Records
7" Single

My way of thinking/I think its going to rain today

UB40's 2nd double "A' side single- June 1980 reached UK. Top Ten & went Silver
Grad 8
Graduate Records
7" Single

The Earth dies screaming/Dream a lie

October 1980 & again UB40 storms into the UK Top Ten & charts Worldwide
Grad 10
Graduate Records
7" Single

My way of thinking/ I think its going to rain

Longer lovely Dub versions produced by Bob Lamb
12 Grad 8
Graduate Records
12" Single

The Earth dies screaming/Dream a lie

12 Grad 10
Graduate Records
12" Single

Tyler/Adella/Little by Little

12 Grad 15
Graduate Records
12" Single

Signing Off

UB40's 1st album-Hit no.2 in UK, stayed in chart for over a year & successfull worldwide
Grad LP2
Graduate Records
LP

The Singles Album

collection of the Graduate UB40 singles-went Silver in the UK in 1982
Grad LSP3
Graduate Records
LP

More UB40 Music

Double album including four 12" versions-only released in Holland in 1983
Grad LP44
Graduate Records
LP