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Quotes:

My biggest influence has always been reggae. I can also remember being very much into Tamla Motown. I fancied myself as the Balsall Heath answer to Michael Jackson.
- Ali Campbell (vocalist, 1984)

Submitted by: LucidLupin
 

Band Name Origins:

  • UB-40 stands for "Unemployment Benefits" form #40, a reference somewhat well-known in the UK but not known in the states. The boys came up with the name for the band while standing in line at the unemployment office. From a Rolling Stone interview. Submitted by: Bob
  • UB40 was in actual fact the name of the form you had to complete to receive unemployment benefit at that time in Britain. This is why their first album was called "Signing Off". The album cover was a mock UB40 form. Submitted by: Barbara

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Food For Thought"An ivory madonna / Dying in the dust / Waiting for the manna / Coming from the west I'm surprised this hasn't been submitted yet. - FaultyDog

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"My Spit""My Spliff"Little Baggariddim
"The Earth Dies Steaming""The Earth Dies Screaming"April Fleming
"The Earth Dies Scheming""The Earth Dies Screaming"April Fleming

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"The Earth Dies Screaming,"It's not alive&can't scream or have death sung of Sheila Evans

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd"Here I Am (Come And Take Me)," UB40
"Where Are You Now?," Jimmy Harnen w/ Synch"Here I Am (Come And Take Me)," UB40
"Come As You Are," Nirvana"Here I Am (Come And Take Me)," UB40
"Bottle Of Wine," The Fireballs"Red Red Wine," UB40
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Version Gil" originally "Version Girl"
Like there is a different version of Gil?
Peter
"On In Ten" originally "One In Ten"
As in on the air in 10 seconds
Trina Lufkin
"The Earth Dies Creaming" originally "The Earth Dies Screaming"
April Fleming

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Red Red Twine" originally "Red Red Wine"
Roy R. Pryor
"Red Red Swine" originally "Red Red Wine"
Timmy O'Toole
"Then Earth Dies Screaming" originally "The Earth Dies Screaming"
April Fleming
"The Earth Dives Screaming" originally "The Earth Dies Screaming"
April Fleming
"The Earth Dries Screaming" originally "The Earth Dies Screaming"
April Fleming

There are additional UB40 song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Red Red Vine" originally "Red Red Wine"
One of those long tubular licorice candies...
Amanda
"Red Red Line" originally "Red Red Wine"
Serafina
"Red Red Wire" originally "Red Red Wine"
Beverly Stiles
"Here I Am (Come And Bake Me)" originally "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)"
Alina
"Here I Am (Come And Wake Me)" originally "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)"
Serafina

There are additional UB40 song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Red, Red Wine""Waa-Waa Whine"Matthias
"Red Red Wine""FOP-Shop Wine"Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson
"Red, Red Wine""Pink, Pink Slime"vegan minstrel
"Red Red Wine""Dread Dread Signs"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Red, Red Wine""Cisco Wine"Andria
"Red Red Wine""Long Long Line"Below Average Dave
"Red Red Wine""Whining Boss"Michelle C.
"Kingston Town""Until Touch Down"Tomario
"Baby Come Back""Gone Bad"YouKnowItsJoe
"Red Red Wine""Dead Dead Mice"Kristian

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Red, Red, Wine Red Winemagnus

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Red Red WineAl-AnonBeichan
Red, Red Wine Alcoholics Anonymous Miki Koishikawa
Red, Red WineBudweiser Or Other Brewery; Alcoholics AnonymousIngeborg S. Nordén
Red Red WineAlcoholics AnonymousmeQal
GuiltyNeverland RanchmeQal
There are additional UB40 on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Redneck
   Lamb Of God
Red, Red Wine
   UB40
Redneck Wine
Open Mike Knight
Dreaming In Red
   The Calling
Red Red Wine
   UB40
Dreaming In Red Red Wine
Edward
Two More Bottles Of Wine
   Martina McBride
Red Red Wine
   UB40
Two More Bottles Of Red Red Wine
Ed
You're Not Drinking Enough
   Don Henley
Red, Red Wine
   UB40
You're Not Drinking Enough Red, Red Wine
Raphael
There are additional UB40 duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

UB240
U2 combined with UB40
Submitted By: Ferragamo
UB41
UB40 combined with Plus One
Submitted By: Susan
UB45
UB40 combined with B5
Add 'em up
Submitted By: Alex
The UB-92's
UB40 combined with The B-52's
Submitted By: Random Madeupperson

There are additional UB40 Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Food For Thought"
Misheard Lyrics:
Riva Reeva Romma
Original Lyrics:
Ivory Madonna
"Red Red Wine"
Misheard Lyrics:
Bread, bread wine
Steak lobster meat
Original Lyrics:
Red, red wine
Stay close to me
"Red Red Wine"
Misheard Lyrics:
monkey choked the lion get broke one by one upon a little row boat,
Original Lyrics:
The line broke, the money get choked,
Bunbah, ganjapani, little rubber boat
"Red Red Wine"
Misheard Lyrics:
Having fun can't be fine.
Original Lyrics:
I have sworn that with time
There are additional UB40 misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Red Red Wine"
Misheard Lyrics:
I was wrong, now I find
That just one makes me funky
Red red wine
Original Lyrics:
I was wrong, now I find
That just one makes me forget
Red red wine

Story about this misheard lyric by: You Bee Sloshed!

My original UB40 tape of "Labo(u)r of Love" didn't have a lyric sheet and my UB40 hits compilation CD doesn't either.

There are additional UB40 misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Ivory Madonna"
Better Lyrics:
I'm a prima donna
Original Lyrics:
Ivory Madonna
Submitted by: Andie Miller

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Red Red Wine"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Red, red, wine
Stay close to me
Why They're Repetitive:
Christ! Is this all UB40 had?
Submitted by: Celeste
"Come Back Darling"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Come back darling, give me another try
I'll keep you satisfied
Why They're Repetitive:
The song lasts 3:29. The background music hardly changes...and to add to the excitement, these are the only lyrics in the song. No wonder the woman didn't come back.
Submitted by: Devil Jones
There are additional UB40 repetitive lyrics available.

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Stick By me"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Our friends may try to hurt us,
Scandalise our name.
Why They're Misrhymed:
The funny thing is, I always thought this rhymed until I saw the lyrics. But don't blame ub40: in their defence, they didn't write the song.
Submitted by: Isaac
 

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"One in Ten"
The Lyrics:
I'm a housewife hooked on Valium
Product Brand Name:
Valium Prescriptions
Submitted by: Mickey D.
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Rat In Mi Kitchen"
Opening Lines:
There's a rat in mi kitchen, what am I gonna do?
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Red Red Wine"
Opening Lines:
Red red wine goes to my head, makes me forget that I still need her so
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Song Title Space Change:

"I Fit Happens Again" originally "If It Happens Again"
We all hope for that to happen.
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

Song Title Anagrams:

"Redder Wine" originally "Red Red Wine"
Submitted by: Megan
"Ivy Or Madonna" originally "Ivory Madonna"
Submitted by: Natalie Portmanteau Word

Song Title Acrostics:

SO: "Signing Off"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Food Thor Fought" originally "Food For Thought"
Thor had ravenous appetite, but did he FIGHT food?
Submitted by: Adlai Alda
"The Earth Skies Dreaming" originally "The Earth Dies Screaming"
Still literally impossible but less scary
Submitted by: Iris Verna

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Be U 40 originally "UB40"
About someone's age?
Submitted by: Peter

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