Classic Debut Longplayer ‘SIGNING OFF’ By UB40 Released 40 Years Ago

29 August 2020

Band: UB40
Active: Since 1978
Album: Signing Off

Released: 29 August 1980
40 years ago today
Score: #2 in the UK

AllMusic wrote: “Their rhythms may have been reggae-based, their music Jamaican-inspired, but UB40 had such an original take on the genre that all comparisons were moot… Campbell’s words were his sword, and the creamier and sweeter his delivery, the deeper they cut. Their music was just as revolutionary, their sound unlike anything else on either island, from deep dubs shot through with jazzy sax to the bright and breezy instrumental “12 Bar”. Their fire was dampened quickly, but on Signing Off it blazed high, still accessible to the pop market, but so edgy that even those who are sure there’s nothing about the group to admire will change their tune instantly.” Score: 4/5.

Singles: Food For Thought – King / I Think’s It’s Going To Rain Today


– KING –


Full album…

UBB 40: Facebook

Perfect Pop Past – ‘I GOT YOU BABE’ By SONNY & CHER Topped US Charts 55 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

26 August 2020

Artists: Sonny & Cher
Active: 1964–1977 (one-off reunions 1979, 1987)
RIP Sonny Bono, who passed away in 1998
Single: I Got You Babe
B-side: It’s Gonna Rain

Released: 9 July 1965
Score: No 1 on the US charts on 26 August 1965
(starting a five-week run) – 55 years ago today

C’mon, babes

You know this ace cover

CHER: Website


UB40 Topped UK Singles Chart With NEIL DIAMOND Song ‘RED RED WINE’ 36 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

15 October 2019

Song: Red Red Wine
Album: Labour Of Love – released in 1983
Note 1: Smart move to cover this 1967 Neil Diamond song.
Top-notch tune, lovely lazy feel and tasty swagger
Note 2: UB40 taught that the original version was by Jamaican
singer Tony Tribe who covered Diamond’s song in 1969
Note 3: UB40 topped the UK Charts 36 years ago, 15 October 1986

Here’s the UB 40 cover, c’mon, you know the words…

The 1969 ska/reggae Tony Tribe take…

And here’s a smooth original 2008 live version
at Glastonbury by NEIL DIAMOND himself…

UB40: Facebook