THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
173-UB40-Food For Thought.
1980-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 3.20.It’s a shame that the majority of the general public only know UB40 for their cover versions,because they made some of the best original Reggae ever heard on vinyl.
Along with Madness,UB40 share the record for most weeks spent by a group in the UK top 40 in the 1980’s with a total of 214 weeks each.All three of UB40’s Number 1 singles have been cover versions,’Red Red Wine,'(1983) ‘I Got You Babe,'(1985) and ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.'(1993)
They formed in 1978 in Bimingham,England,the name UB40(see also best songs 537) was selected in reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits from the UK government’s department of employment.The designation UB40 stood for ‘U’nemployment ‘B’enefit form 40. Their debut Album in 1980 was called ‘Signing Off.’
The lyrics for ‘Food For Thought’ were written by one of the bands founding members,Robin Campbell,he has explained the songs meaning,’The lyrics relate to the hypocrisy of Christmas,the fact that there are starving people in Africa and here we are sat around eating our Christmas dinner and praising the Lord.’
‘Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,waiting for the manna coming from the west.
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