Thursday, June 15, 2006

take a deep breath

Okay...I'm gonna challenge you a bit here...take everything you know about UB40 and throw it out the door. Empty your mind, if you will of all preconceived notions...forget "Red, Red Wine" and "I Got You, Babe." Pretend like they never did a reggae cover version of somebody else's hits.

When they first started out, UB40 were a politically influenced band...a band with a pretty strong opinion and an equally strong sound. One who's name comes from the U.K. unemployment form one filled out and was a slang term for the unemployed. They sang of racism and labor issues...and well, then they made an album of songs they were influenced by, a tribute album and it sold like nothing they had ever recorded before and something changed...but anyway...enjoy a couple of tracks from some of their earlier releases.

UB40 - My Way Of Thinking (12" version) REMOVED
UB40 - Burden of Shame REMOVED

Here's their Wikipedia entry as well as their own site and a link to encourage your purchasing of their albums.

2 Comments:

Blogger jon manyjars said...

I remember! I think their early song "King" is still powerful and relevant today, as a sad statement of how little has changed since the Civil Rights era.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Disco D said...

i would gladly purchase an official cd (i have ALL their albums on cd)
if Virgin included the 12inch version od
"My Way Of Thinking" (6:52)

until then, can we have scrappy old vinyl rip, please?
thank you!

8:06 PM  

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