1 Jan 2011

UB40 Signing Off

UB40 members Brian Travers (sax) Robin Campbell (guitar) and Jim Brown (drums).

UB40 members Brian Travers (sax) Robin Campbell (guitar) and Jim Brown (drums). Photo: Ellie Gibbons

U.K. reggae group UB40 had its first international success in Aotearoa. The band went on to have five number one singles in the New Zealand charts and has regularly played sell-out concerts across the country.

UB40 Signing Off

UB40 Signing Off Photo: Supplied.

2010 saw the 30th anniversary of UB40's first album Signing Off. Although original singer Ali Campbell has left the band, the remaining members marked the occasion by playing the album in full on an extensive tour.

Hosts Andrew Dubber and Ranking Roger - from contemporaries The Beat - catch up with UB40 in their hometown of Birmingham to discuss the band's legacy, how it all started, the special relationship with New Zealand and the 30th anniversary of Signing Off.

UB40 members talking about their special relationship with NZ:

Presented by Andrew Dubber and Ranking Roger; and produced by Sam Coley, Steve Thornton and Chris Williams for Radio New Zealand National. 

Music Details - UB40: Signing Off

Title: Ghost Town
Band: The Specials
Album: Single
Label: 2 Tone CHS TT17

Title: I Got You Babe
Band: UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
Album: Baggariddim
Label: DEP International

Title: Mirror in the Bathroom
Band: The Beat
Album: I Just Can't Stop It
Label: Go Feet

Title: Tyler
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: King
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: 12Bar
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Burden Of Shame
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Adella
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: 25%
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Food For Thought
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Little By Little
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Signing Off
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off
Label: Graduate Records, 1980; Virgin

Title: Madam Medusa
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: Strange Fruit
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: Reefer Madness
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: My Way Of Thinking [12" version]
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: I Think It's Going To Rain Today [12" version]
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: Earth Dies Screaming, The [12" version]
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: Dream A Lie [12" version]
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: King [BBC Radio One John Peel session]
Band: UB40
Album: Signing Off (Delux Reissue)
Label: Graduate Records, 2010; Virgin

Title: Breakfast in Bed
Band: UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
Album: Single
Label: DEP International

Title: Red, Red Wine
Band: UB40
Album: Labour of Love
Label: DEP International, Virgin