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UB40: 1980-83

Review by John Morthland, Creem, December 1983

UB40, A MULTIRACIAL reggae group whose name derives from the code on British unemployment cards, emerged from Birmingham in 1980, right around the time the ...

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UB40: The Russell Club, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 19 April 1980

HOPEFULLY, UB40 will help English reggae slip sneakily back into its true direction. The effects of the past 12 months of 2 Toned overkill are ...

UB40: Food 4 Thought

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, 26 June 1980

Mike Stand takes his 2HB and a C90 up the M6 to meet UB40 ...

The Ramones, The Undertones et al: New Pop Festival, Rotterdam

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 20 September 1980


Smiling Faces, Angry Words: The UB40 Paradox

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 27 September 1980

THE UB40 TEAM met in a caff, the Wimpy opposite their office in central Brimingham. In fact Ali, Robin and Brian had arrived ...

UB4O: Unfortunately, We Were At The Woolwich

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 18 April 1981

UB4O: Woolwich Odeon, London ...

UB40: UB44

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1982

CAN I TELL you something? I don't want to depress you by dumping my current state of mind on you, but I feel really awful ...

"UB40 is just a normal bunch of blokes. But people ask us heavy political questions"

Interview by Lesley White, Sounds, 20 March 1982

LESLEY WHITE is one of them ...

UB40: The Stance Is Dance

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 3 September 1983

"I'D JUST love somebody to do an interview or review that had naff all to do with politics..." ...

UB40: Fortified Wine

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, 10 September 1983

I WAS STILL trying to figure out what UB40 had done with all the money they'd earned – there just had to be an interesting ...

UB40: Labour Of Love (DEP International)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 17 September 1983



Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 February 1985

"REGGAE IS JUST as much a part of my culture as it is for any Jamaican guy my age," contends guitarist/vocalist Robin Campbell of UB40. ...

UB40: Brothers in Arms

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 2 July 1986

Ali and Robin Campbell have a lot in common: 1) They've both got the same parents; 2) They both spent almost their entire "youth" stealing ...

UB40: Salt Of The Earth

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 8 December 1986

"My life is like a joke but to me it isn't funny..." ('All I Want To Do') ...

The Montreux Pop Festival

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 3 June 1987

What are Curiosity Killed The Cat, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Beastie Boys, A-ha and three squillion other pop stars doing in a little town in ...

UB40: Labour Of Love II

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1990

THE SECOND VOLUME of classic reggae songs – the first album, released in 1983, spawned the group's first Number 1 single ('Red Red Wine'), topped ...

Talking All That Jazz: the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame

Column by Danny Fields, Spin, April 1990

The Dish, The Dirt, The Inside Dope Sussed by DANNY FIELDS ...

UB40: Tomorrow People

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1993

After 35 hit singles and 13 big-selling Lps, UB40's secret is out – they're a load of idle layabouts! Their new album is making the ...

UB40: Signing Off

Review by Lloyd Bradley,, 2010

30th anniversary edition of the group's great debut album. ...

When British Reggae Was King

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, June 2019

Reggae may have been born in Jamaica, but it grew up in '80s Britain at a time of evolving multiculturalism, finding an unlikely ally in ...


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