The Story of UB40’s Rise to Fame
Ground-breaking UB40 were one of the biggest bands in the UK during the 1980s. They produced or covered numerous hit reggae singles and albums during the period and toured the world. The band took their name from the unemployment card given to jobless people called a UB40. Their first album cover was a double album and replica of the UB40 card. Their ska music was embraced by certain skinheads, punks and the rube boy movement of the 1980s. The natural raw energy they brought to the music industry was a breath of fresh air from the clean cut bands of the time.