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(Guardian)   "For those who remember UB40 primarily for lilting lite-reggae covers of Red Red Wine and (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You, the fact that they were considered a grave threat to national security might seem absurd"   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-05-07 4:58:04 AM  
"We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.
 
2021-05-07 5:38:57 AM  
'You can't have a band if you can't play,'

Guess he's never heard of the Sex Pistols.
 
2021-05-07 5:43:29 AM  

Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.


I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.
 
2021-05-07 6:22:22 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.


I always liked Tapper Zukie, myself. But I guess that was a little before UB40. There was a ton of great stuff coming out after the 1969 revival scene that people overlook.
I find it funny that they have two separate bands going too. There was a time when people who were in a band for six months could use the name if no one else was using it; there was four versions of Steppenwolf touring once. The fact tgat these guys haven't sued each other to death probably says that either side can't afford to sue the other.
 
2021-05-07 6:51:54 AM  
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WHAT UB-40 MIGHT LOOK LIKE.


I mean, you can understand why the UK considered UB-40 a grave threat to national security.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_UB-4​0​#Summary_of_raiding_history
 
2021-05-07 7:01:36 AM  
Oh sweet I remember these guys, Sweat from my balls was the jam

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2021-05-07 7:14:17 AM  

Rent Party: Also, I liked UB40. Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.


UB40 is the name of the form to fill out when applying for welfare in the UK. As legend has it, the members of the band met each other while standing in line at the unemployment office.
 
2021-05-07 7:18:20 AM  
Lite-Reggae, not as heavy as real reggae that Beatles invented
 
2021-05-07 7:21:50 AM  
ROBERT PALMER & UB40 I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT
Youtube HBcq5EzBcmQ
 
2021-05-07 7:22:39 AM  

LewDux: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/HBcq5EzB​cmQ]


Wonder no more

That Look In Your Eyes / Ali Campbell with Pamela Starks
Youtube toQCzeQd2B4
 
2021-05-07 7:25:25 AM  
UB40 and 808 State - One In Ten
Youtube _WEc3xtJlmw
 
2021-05-07 7:29:23 AM  
Rat In The Kitchen: The Oral Story
Stewart Lee - [2/2] Give It To Me Straight, Like Pear Cider That's Made From 100% Pears
Youtube oPsfppxy0kg
 
2021-05-07 8:22:06 AM  
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God to Tony Wilson: "It's a pity you didn't sign the Smiths, but you were right about Mick Hucknall. His music's rubbish, and he's a ginger."
 
2021-05-07 8:29:51 AM  

dittybopper: [upload.wikimedia.org image 600x163]

WHAT UB-40 MIGHT LOOK LIKE.


I mean, you can understand why the UK considered UB-40 a grave threat to national security.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_UB-40​#Summary_of_raiding_history


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2021-05-07 8:51:49 AM  

LewDux: Lite-Reggae, not as heavy as real reggae that Beatles invented


Ahem, it's been my understanding that Eric Clapton invented reggae.
 
2021-05-07 8:54:15 AM  

Flaming Gas Bag: LewDux: Lite-Reggae, not as heavy as real reggae that Beatles invented

Ahem, it's been my understanding that Eric Clapton invented reggae.


No
 
2021-05-07 8:55:03 AM  

Flaming Gas Bag: LewDux: Lite-Reggae, not as heavy as real reggae that Beatles invented

Ahem, it's been my understanding that Eric Clapton invented reggae.


Like rap, reggae was invented by Falco.
Also disco, classical, and jungle drum.
 
2021-05-07 10:07:45 AM  
I never liked UB-40, but not because they sang watered-down reggae covers of pop songs. No, I just never liked the main singer's voice. It grates like nails on a chalkboard to me.
 
2021-05-07 10:17:25 AM  

Ishkur: Rent Party: Also, I liked UB40. Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

UB40 is the name of the form to fill out when applying for welfare in the UK. As legend has it, the members of the band met each other while standing in line at the unemployment office.


I did not know that, either.

Thanks for some knowledge!
 
2021-05-07 10:24:29 AM  

Rent Party: Ishkur: Rent Party: Also, I liked UB40. Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

UB40 is the name of the form to fill out when applying for welfare in the UK. As legend has it, the members of the band met each other while standing in line at the unemployment office.

I did not know that, either.

Thanks for some knowledge!


More like Rage against the Welfare Office.
 
2021-05-07 10:36:17 AM  

Flaming Gas Bag: LewDux: Lite-Reggae, not as heavy as real reggae that Beatles invented

Ahem, it's been my understanding that Eric Clapton invented reggae.


In the late 80s, I must've gone through three cassettes each of Catch a Fire and Burnin, as their nonstop rotation pretty much consisted of my entire musical palette from about 86 to 89.

One day I was driving with a friend, not the most musically literate guy, and was whiter than the whitest mayo, who was making an "I don't like this" face while I Shot the Sheriff was playing.

I looked over and asked him what his problem was. He said, "eh, I prefer the original version." Knowing he was referencing the Clapton version - and I farking LOATHE Clapton - racist prick, I resisted the urge to pull over and tell him to get out then and there. "This IS the original version" I seethed.  And we left it at that, although he clearly didnt believe me.

That was, however, pretty much it for our friendship.
 
2021-05-07 10:37:10 AM  
Madam Medusa - UB40 (1980)
Youtube z1t2mGUaV-I
 
2021-05-07 10:39:44 AM  

dittybopper: [upload.wikimedia.org image 600x163]

WHAT UB-40 MIGHT LOOK LIKE.



Kind of puts a kinky spin on these lyrics
The Bangles - Going Down to Liverpool
Youtube Zj7OJeyhq2Q
 
2021-05-07 10:44:41 AM  

Arxane: I never liked UB-40, but not because they sang watered-down reggae covers of pop songs. No, I just never liked the main singer's voice. It grates like nails on a chalkboard to me.


I'd take UB40 over Simply Red any day

Also, lest we forget we nearly lost the band during the Seabourn legend disaster.
 
2021-05-07 11:03:33 AM  

monkeypapa: dittybopper: [upload.wikimedia.org image 600x163]

WHAT UB-40 MIGHT LOOK LIKE.


Kind of puts a kinky spin on these lyrics
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zj7OJeyh​q2Q]


Liverpool already has it's own U-boat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_​s​ubmarine_U-534

It's been cut up into four pieces.  You can see the pieces here:

53°23'42.35" N   3°00'33.38" W
 
2021-05-07 11:19:03 AM  
If I end up in Hell when I die, UB40 will be prominently featured on the soundtrack.
 
2021-05-07 11:19:58 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.


UB40 is the Pat Boone of reggae
 
2021-05-07 11:41:19 AM  
UB40's first album is good and was a missed launching point for dank, dark strain of urban British reggae. However they couldn't wait to sell out.
 
2021-05-07 1:08:41 PM  

Eightballjacket: Tyrone Slothrop: Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.

UB40 is the Pat Boone of reggae


Maybe, but Pat Boone is the Pat Boone of heavy metal.

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2021-05-07 1:42:25 PM  

Ishkur: Rent Party: Also, I liked UB40. Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

UB40 is the name of the form to fill out when applying for welfare

Unemployment Benefits in the UK. As legend has it, the members of the band met each other while standing in line at the unemployment office.

FTFY
 
2021-05-07 1:48:27 PM  

Stantz: I'd take UB40 over Simply Red any day


Chainsaw Turd Elf: If I end up in Hell when I die, UB40 will be prominently featured on the soundtrack.


Tyrone Slothrop: I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae.


Eightballjacket: UB40 is the Pat Boone of reggae



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2021-05-08 12:33:22 AM  

detonator: Tyrone Slothrop: Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.

I always liked Tapper Zukie, myself. But I guess that was a little before UB40. There was a ton of great stuff coming out after the 1969 revival scene that people overlook.
I find it funny that they have two separate bands going too. There was a time when people who were in a band for six months could use the name if no one else was using it; there was four versions of Steppenwolf touring once. The fact tgat these guys haven't sued each other to death probably says that either side can't afford to sue the other.


The Beat have the same situation, there's a Dave Wakeling US version and a UK version with Ranking Roger.  So they just keep an entire ocean between them.  I've seen the US one twice and they were great, and do General Public songs as well of course.
 
2021-05-08 1:21:10 AM  

xrayspx: detonator: Tyrone Slothrop: Rent Party: "We weren't planning the revolution, but if the revolution happened, we knew what side we were going to be on."

That's a good policy.

Also, I liked UB40.  Had no idea they were Rage Against the Machine.

I always considered UB40 a band for people who are scared to listen to real reggae. But good on them for having a social conscience.

I always liked Tapper Zukie, myself. But I guess that was a little before UB40. There was a ton of great stuff coming out after the 1969 revival scene that people overlook.
I find it funny that they have two separate bands going too. There was a time when people who were in a band for six months could use the name if no one else was using it; there was four versions of Steppenwolf touring once. The fact tgat these guys haven't sued each other to death probably says that either side can't afford to sue the other.

The Beat have the same situation, there's a Dave Wakeling US version and a UK version with Ranking Roger.  So they just keep an entire ocean between them.  I've seen the US one twice and they were great, and do General Public songs as well of course.


Saw them with the clash at the Hollywood palladium in '82
They smoked the clash
Ran into rankin Roger in the lobby during the clash's set. Nice guy.
The clash were burned out even then
 
2021-05-08 4:19:05 AM  
I'm kind of amused when my fellow Americans call non-political reggae music "fake reggae" or "reggae-lite."

I happened to marry a woman that grew up in Trinidad so I was introduced first-hand to the often dismissive term "conscious" to describe reggae/soca/dancehall/etc that was about boring politics instead of dancing and love stuff.

And soft reggae covers of pop songs was a cottage industry in Jamaica long before British UB40 came around. There's a bottomless barrel on Youtube.
 
2021-05-08 1:10:46 PM  

IHadMeAVision: I'm kind of amused when my fellow Americans call non-political reggae music "fake reggae" or "reggae-lite."

I happened to marry a woman that grew up in Trinidad so I was introduced first-hand to the often dismissive term "conscious" to describe reggae/soca/dancehall/etc that was about boring politics instead of dancing and love stuff.

And soft reggae covers of pop songs was a cottage industry in Jamaica long before British UB40 came around. There's a bottomless barrel on Youtube.


But surely you will agree that reggae/soca/dancehall/etc about dancing and love stuff says nothing about life of farkers Morissey and therefore is uselees?
 
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