UB40 were formed in 1978 and have gone to sell more than 70 million records worldwide and have had over 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart including 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town', 'Rat in Mi KItchen', 'Food For Thought', 'I Got You Babe', '(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You', 'One In Ten', 'My Way of Thinking', 'Please Don't Make Me Cry', 'Many Rivers to Cross', 'Cherry Oh Baby' and many more.
The Dualers could be said to be Britain’s most-loved ska and reggae band.
They have packed out the famous indigO2 in London a record-breaking five times over the last two years.
They have been in the top 30 of the UK charts three times, outselling heavyweight artists Scissor Sisters and Girls Aloud - and have sold in excess of 40,000 albums.
Their recording of Truly, Madly, Deeply was featured in the Hollywood Blockbuster film Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. They have played with Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Prince Buster, Ken Boothe, UB40, Aswad and Madness, to name just a few.
Dave Barker of Dave and Ansell Collins (Double Barrel and Monkey Spanner) has called them the most exciting band to come out of England in the last 30 years.
The latest two albums With Respect, released in December 2011, and the Prince Buster Shakedown, produced for the International Ska Festival 2012, are selling at a phenomenal rate. The band continues to perform on a regular basis to fans from all over the world.
The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.
Their first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson’s Tears Of A Clown, given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition Ranking Full Stop.
Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers’ Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops. Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, Hands Off... She’s Mine, and was the first of 12 chart singles for the band on Go-Feet.
The band released three albums I Just Can’t Stop It (1980), Wha’ppen (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings. All three albums were reissued in the Summer of 2012 by Edsel Records with bonus additions.
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