UB40

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.

Title Album Genre Tools
Tyler Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Keyboard, Organ, Percussion, and Saxophone
Key:
A minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Dramatic, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Film Trailer, Frat Party, Goodbye, Patriotic, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #1
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39768
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
King Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Horns, Keyboard, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, and Trumpet
Key:
C
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Moody, and Percussive/Drums
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Frat Party, Goodbye, Rainy Day, Road Trip, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #2
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39769
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
12 Bar Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Organ, Percussion, and Saxophone
Key:
C
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Ominous, and Percussive/Drums
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Frat Party, In Love, Patriotic, Road Trip, Strip Tease, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #3
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39770
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Burden Of Shame Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Electronic, Guitar, Keyboard, Melodica , Organ, Percussion, and Synth
Key:
B minor
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Climactic, Dark, Dramatic, Driving, Funky/Groove, Moody, Ominous, Percussive/Drums, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Fist Fight, Goodbye, Patriotic, Rainy Day, Strip Tease, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #4
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39771
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Adella Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #5
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39772
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
25% Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #6
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39773
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Food For Thought Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #7
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39774
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Little By Little Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #8
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39775
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Signing Off Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #9
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39776
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Madam Medusa Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #10
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39777
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Reefer Madness Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #11
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39778
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
My Way Of Thinking Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #12
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39779
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
The Earth Dies Screaming Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #13
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39780
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Dream A Lie Signing Off Reggae, Rock
Client:
Artist:
UB40
Genres:
Reggae and Rock
Instruments:
Conga Drums and Horns
Keywords:
Funky/Groove and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Morning After
Subgenres:
Indie Rock and Reggae
Tempo:
Moderate
CD/Track #:
Signing Off, #14
Release Year:
1980
Track ID:
39781
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Take Me Back