UB40 were/are shite. Discuss

I have always hated them, ever since One In Ten and Red Red Wine, which is when they entered my consciousness.

I suppose it’s Ali Campbell that grips my shit really, a white brummie boy putting on a Jamaican accent and trying to do Reggae is just wrong, despite the love he might have for the genre.

They might well have sung about genuine social ills, but the fakery of it all actually offends me no matter how many musicians of Windies origin have been employed by the Campbells over the years.

Plus, they were just shite. Just dreadful by any meaningful measure.


I loved One in Ten!

I hate them too -It’s mainly about red red wine. Also hate Dexys MR because of come on Eileen.
Back in the day I would have to leave the dance floor when they were played.

Ah, it was you that inspired this then?


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You knocked that out quickly

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I like redheads…

This is ok.


The actual musicianship isn’t horrendous. It’s the fake reggae voice that irritates me to the point of wanting to tip a bucket of instant sunshine over Birmingham in retribution for them inflicting this crap on the world.

Oddly I mentally lump the two acts together as well.

If memory serves, Food For Thought and Geno came out at around the same time, and I loved both of them.

Regarding Dexys: I work very close to Shoreditch - hipster central. A lot of the locals seem to get dressed up in some pretty ridiculous outfits. I thought I’d seen it all when I saw a guy in a full Andy Pandy romper suit strolling down the road, until I realised it was Kevin Rowland :grimacing:.

Alli Campbell has one of those faces you’d never tire of punching :disappointed:

UB40 in dub isn’t bad…

I’m no expert when it comes to the music so if you say they were treading on the toes of ‘real music’ then I’ll believe you. I liked the sound though, and I still do. Their inability to sing in tune puts me off in a way that Bob Dylan’s doesn’t. But they did feel like they were on the right side at a time when the charts included the likes of Cliff Richard, Gary Glitter and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.


Any band that can have a hit with a song titled Rat In Mi Kitchen is alright with me.:smiley:

Yep, can’t stand 'em.

Also, Madness and Level 42. Horrible.


And Deacon fucking Blue.


I liked signing off,then it went downhill for me,his voice annoys me.

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early UB40 stuff is great, especially some the lesser known dub. Later stuff is mediocre. Saw them 4 or 5 times in the early days, never crossed my mind that there were fake Jamaican accents.

He was interviewed the other morning on TV & said that he’d always sung through his nose,(inadvertently) the one positive being that he hadn’t been afflicted by the throat polyps etc that other singers who do it for decades often suffer from. Actually Robin Campbell sang as much on the early songs & was perhaps a better singer.

I recall seeing them play live at our local technical college back in about 1979 just as Food for thought was coming out. They were a lively dancey sort of band who were pretty together from the outset. At that time they were also giving off quite a cool, left wing, multicultural vibe tackling subjects like unemployment, imminent nuclear war, racism etc & I liked the first couple of albums. The two Labour of Love albums were just covers of stuff they’d grown up with so I guess they thought it was fair to revisit some of those often quite obscure songs.

Tyler & King from Signing off were good songs as was the single the Earth dies screaming.

This is a silly thread. There is nothing to discuss. UB40 are bum gravy. The. End.

Jim Davison has let himself go.