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Named following a Uk unemployment benefit type, pop-reggae group UB40 were shaped within a welfare range in 1978, and their multiracial lineup shown the working-class community their members originated from. The music group consolidated its road credibility with politics topics attractive to dissatisfied youngsters and got a lift from fans from the waning 2-Tone ska revival motion. Brothers Robin (business lead electric guitar) and Ali Campbell (electric guitar, lead vocals) shaped the centerpiece of the group, which also included bassist Earl Falconer, keyboardist Mickey Virtue, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jim Dark brown, percussionist Norman Hassan, and toaster Terence “Astro” Wilson. The music group purchased its initial instruments with settlement cash Ali Campbell received following a club fight, despite the fact that several members knew how exactly to play them. But by the finish of the entire year, the group was asked to tour using the Pretenders. Their “Meals for Idea” one reached the U.K. TOP in 1980, starting an extended streak of graph appearances. Putting your signature on Off and Present Hands were big retailers in Britain, otherwise America, and resolved the political problems of your day in tunes like “One in Ten,” a high Ten strike blasting Margaret Thatcher for the country’s unemployment price. Released in 1983, Labour of Like, an recording of reggae cover tunes, offered the group its 1st chart recording in the us and first number 1 U.K. strike with Neil Diamond’s “Crimson BURGANDY OR MERLOT WINE.” Many albums of initial material offered well in the U.K., but just respectably within the U.S., where in fact the group’s biggest strike was a high 30 cover of Sonny & Cher’s “I ACQUIRED You Babe” offering the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. In 1988, the group performed “Crimson BURGANDY OR MERLOT WINE” in a Nelson Mandela tribute concert, along with a Phoenix radio place trotted the select for another go-round. Listener response was a lot more enthusiastic, and “Reddish colored BURGANDY OR MERLOT WINE” reentered the graphs and went completely to the very best. Finally having strike on ways to overcome the profitable American marketplace, UB40 responded with another addresses record, Labour of Appreciate II, which created TOP singles with variations from the Temptations’ “HOW YOU Do the items ONE DOES” and Al Green’s “Right here I Am (Arrive and Consider Me).” The group have scored a big success in the us with Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Appreciate,” that was primarily featured within the Sharon Rock film Sliver and spent seven weeks at number 1. By this time around, UB40 had generally abandoned their brand left-wing politics and had been concentrating even more on perfecting their reggae oldies addresses than their first material; nevertheless, the gimmick led to huge sales statistics in both U.S. and U.K., with Claims and Lies achieving number six in the us and number 1 in Britain. Within the springtime of 1998, UB40 released Presents the Dancehall Record within the U.K. Another Labour of Like collection adopted a year later on. In fall 2002, UB40 bounced back again with another collection. The Fathers of Reggae, which made an appearance on Virgin in November, highlighted the band’s origins in reggae in an array of classics. In 2003, the music group scored a significant hit within the U.K. when its edition of the religious “Golf swing Low” using the multicultural choir United Colors of Audio became the state anthem for the 2003 British Rugby group. The track was featured around the 2003 recording Homegrown. As their 2005 recording, Who You Fighting For?, had been released, an announcement was produced that the music group would be dealing with Birmingham’s Repertory Theater to stage a fresh musical within the springtime of 2006. 2 yrs later, their recording Twentyfourseven became their last with vocalist Ali Campbell and keyboardist Michael Virtue. UB40’s 2010 launch, Labour of Like IV, launched Ali’s sibling Duncan because the group’s fresh lead singer. In addition they released a remastered two-CD/Dvd and blu-ray edition of Putting your signature on Off like a 30th Wedding anniversary Special, that your music group toured across America and European countries. In 2011, five founding users — Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Terence Wilson, Norman Hassan, and Jim Dark brown — started personal bankruptcy proceedings against the prevailing group over debt accrued by their label, DEP International. Together with former vocalist Ali Campbell, these were announced bankrupt that 12 months. In 2013, they released their 18th studio room record. Titled RECOVERING FROM the Surprise, it featured addresses of nation music tracks by famous brands Willie Nelson, George Jones, Randy Travis, and much more. The record was successful, receiving wide-spread acclaim. In 2016, Astro, Campbell, and Mickey came back to record an record with all of those other music group; the outcomes, released as Unplugged in November, included acoustic interpretations of the most traditional and influential monitors.

Quick Facts


Full Name UB40
Awards NME Award for Best New Artist, NME Award for Best Reggae Act
Music Songs Red Red Wine, Falling in Love With You, Kingston Town, I Got You Babe, Here I Am, The Way You Do the Things You Do, Homely Girl, Cherry Oh Baby, Don't Break My Heart, Food For Thought, Higher Ground, Please Don't Make Me Cry, One in Ten, Many Rivers to Cross, Bring Me Your Cup, Rat in Mi Kitchen, Impossible Love, Sing Our Own Song, Come Back Darling, If It Happens Again, Breakfast in Bed, Kiss and Say Goodbye, Groovin', Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Where Did I Go Wrong, Johnny Too Bad, Tears from My Eyes, Wear You To The Ball, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Dream a Lie, Maybe Tomorrow, Don't Slow Down
Albums Labour of Love, Signing Off, UB40 Live, Labour of Love II, Promises and Lies, Present Arms, Baggariddim, UB40, UB44, Rat in the Kitchen, Labour of Love III, Getting Over the Storm, Geffery Morgan, Cover Up, Labour of Love IV, Guns in the Ghetto, Who You Fighting For?, Homegrown, TwentyFourSeven, UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow, The Very Best of UB40, Love Songs, The Best of UB40 – Volume One, Dub Sessions, Present Arms in Dub, Fathers of Reggae, Unplugged, The UB40 File, Live at Montreux 2002, The Best of UB40, Volume Two, The Singles Album, Live in Birmingham, The Lost Tapes (live at the Venue, London 1980), Best of Labour of Love, The Best Of, Volumes 1&2: The Dutch Collection, More UB40 Music, Labour of Love / Labour of Love II, The Dancehall Album, Collected, 5 Album Set (Signing Off/Present Arms/UB44/Labour of Love/Geffery Morgan), Red Red Wine - The Essential UB40, Bite Size UB40, Triple Best Of
Nominations Brit Award for British Group, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Duo/Group of the Year


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1 The band's name is derived from the official British social welfare form UB40 (Unemployment Benefit form 40).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2017 TV Series performer - 1 episode
War Dogs 2016 performer: "Red Red Wine"
The Rack Pack 2016 performer: "Red Red Wine" - uncredited
Lolo 2015 "Kingston Town"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "Food for Thought", "The Earth Dies Screaming" / writer: "Food for Thought", "The Earth Dies Screaming"
Happy Endings 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Newsroom 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jack and Jill 2011/I performer: "I Got You Babe"
Unlawful Killing 2011 Documentary performer: "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" - uncredited
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
Rev. 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eli Stone 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Baby Mama 2008 performer: "Red, Red Wine"
Brothers in Arms 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: "Food for Thought", "One in Ten", "Red Red Wine", "Labour of Love" - uncredited / writer: "Food for Thought", "One in Ten" - uncredited
50 First Dates 2004 performer: "Every Breath You Take" / producer: "Every Breath You Take"
EastEnders TV Series performer - 5 episodes, 1985 - 2003 writer - 1 episode, 1985
The Challenge 2003 TV Movie performer: "I Got You Babe"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 performer: "The Way You Do the Things You Do"
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
9 Dead Gay Guys 2002 performer: "Bring Me Your Cup" / writer: "Bring Me Your Cup"
The Office 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Passions 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The West Wing 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits 2000 Video documentary performer: "I Got You Babe", "Breakfast In Bed" / producer: "I Got You Babe", "Breakfast In Bed"
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 performer: "Red Red Wine"
Edtv 1999 performer: "Holly Holy"
Half Baked 1998 performer: "I Get Lifted"
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 performer: "Tell Me Is It True", "Can't Help Falling in Love" / producer: "Tell Me Is It True" / writer: "Tell Me Is It True"
Tohuwabohu 1995-1997 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Only Fools and Horses.... 1989-1996 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 14 episodes, 1980 - 1995 writer - 6 episodes, 1980 - 1995
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 performer: "Superstition"
The Last Supper 1995/I performer: "Contaminated Minds" / writer: "Contaminated Minds"
Roommates 1995 performer: "MANY RIVERS TO CROSS"
Saturday Night Live 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gottsu ê kanji 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sliver 1993 performer: "Can't Help Falling in Love"
A Few Good Men 1992 performer: "All I Want to Do" / writer: "All I Want to Do"
Men at Work 1990 performer: "WEAR YOU TO THE BALL"
Valentina 1989 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Black Rain 1989 performer: "THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO" / producer: "THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO"
The Dream Team 1989 performer: "DANCE WITH THE DEVIL" / writer: "DANCE WITH THE DEVIL"
The Mighty Quinn 1989 performer: "I GOTTA KEEP MOVING ON"
Violent Shit 1989 performer: "Red, Red Wine"
Casualty 1988 TV Series 1 episode
The Comic Strip Presents... TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Something Wild 1986 performer: "Zero, Zero Seven Charlie"
Rock Around the Dock 1986 TV Movie performer: "Sing Our Own Song", "All I Want to Do" / writer: "Sing Our Own Song", "All I Want to Do"
Now That's What I Call Music 6 1985 Video performer: "I Got You Babe", "Don't Break My Heart"
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe 1985 Video short performer: "I Got You Babe"
Electric Dreams 1984 performer: "Johnny Too Bad"
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary performer: "Madame Medusa" / writer: "Madame Medusa"
The Monster Club 1981 performer: "25 Per Cent"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Now That's What I Call Music 7 1986 Video segment "Sing Our Own Song"
UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe 1985 Video short UB40
Rebellious Jukebox 1983 TV Mini-Series
The Monster Club 1981 Entertainment (voice)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2017 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Jools's Hootenanny 2016 TV Series Themselves
Newsnight 2016 TV Series Themselves
Night of the Proms 2013 TV Series Themselves - Group
Les années bonheur 2013 TV Series Themselves
The Story of Lovers Rock 2011 Documentary
Reggae Britannia 2011 TV Movie documentary Themselves
America's Got Talent 2007 TV Series Themselves - Performers
Live Earth 2007 TV Special documentary Themselves
Transmission with T-Mobile 2006 TV Series Themselves
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Tony Danza Show 2006 TV Series Themselves
TV Tonga News 2006 TV Series Themselves
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Themselves
UB40: Homegrown in Holland 2004 Video Themselves - performers
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music 2002 TV Series documentary Themselves
Party in the Park 1999 2002 Video documentary Themselves
Barend en Van Dorp 2000 TV Series Themselves - Musicians
The Pretenders: Greatest Hits 2000 Video documentary Themselves (segments "I Got You Babe" and "Breakfast in Bed")
Gala TP de Oro 1998 1999 TV Special
Later... With Jools Holland 1997 TV Series Themselves
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 Themselves (uncredited)
Zona franca 1996 TV Series Themselves
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Si on chantait 1995 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1980-1995 TV Series Themselves
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Saturday Night Live 1994 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Themselves
¡1990! 1990 TV Movie Themselves
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Themselves
Rock Around the Dock 1986 TV Movie Themselves
Live aus dem Alabama 1985 TV Series documentary Themselves
New American Bandstand 1965 1984 TV Series Themselves
World in Action 1981 TV Series documentary Themselves
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Andre's 90 Party Hits of the 90s 2014 TV Movie Themselves (as Pato Banton and UB40)
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary Themselves
Memòries de la tele 2008 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1980-1985 TV Series Themselves
Now That's What I Call Music 6 1985 Video Themselves

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