UB40 – I Got You Babe ft. Chrissie Hynde

UB40 – I Got You Babe ft. Chrissie Hynde

UB40 - I Got You Babe ft. Chrissie Hynde

UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, they were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records. Their hit singles include their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe”.

The story of UB40, and how this group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world’s most successful reggae band is not the stuff of fairytales as might be imagined. The group’s led a charmed life in many respects it’s true, but it’s been a long haul since the days they’d meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley, and some of them had to scrape by on less than £8 a week unemployment benefit. The choice was simple if you’d left school early. You could either work in one of the local factories, like Robin Campbell did, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen.

By the summer of 1978, something else did happen, and the nucleus of UB40 began rehearsing in a local basement. Robin’s younger brother Ali, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers and James Brown all knew each other from Moseley School of Art, whilst Norman Hassan had been a friend of Ali’s since school. Initially, they thought of themselves as a “jazz-dub-reggae” band, but by the time Robin was persuaded to join and they’d recruited Michael Virtue and Astro – who’d learnt his craft with Birmingham sound-system Duke Alloy – the group had already aligned themselves to left-wing political ideals and forged their own identity, separate from the many punk and Two Tone outfits around at that time. The group had nailed their colours to the mast by naming themselves after an unemployment benefit form. Their political convictions hadn’t been gleaned secondhand either, but cemented in place whilst attending marches protesting against the National Front, or rallies organised by Rock Against Racism.

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Chrissie Hynde Biography

Chrissie Hynde Biography

Chrissie Hynde Biography

The Pretender’s fearsome frontwoman made rock history, but behind the scenes drugs and drama took their toll.

A disillusioned teenage Chrissie Hynde left the United States on a one-way ticket to England where she landed a job as music critic for the NME. She also worked in McLaren’s ‘Sex’ boutique before forming The Pretenders.

The original Pretenders line-up featured Hynde on vocals/guitar, Pete Farndon on bass, James Honeyman-Scott on guitar and Martin Chambers on drums.

Their albums ‘Pretenders I & II’ were huge successes, with hits like ‘Stop Your Sobbing’, ‘Kid’ and ‘Brass in Pocket’.

During an American tour in 1980, Hynde met Ray Davies and the pair began a relationship which led to the birth of a baby daughter. However, in 1981 tragedy struck for the band when James Honeyman-Scott died from a drugs overdose and a year later, Pete Farndon suffered the same fate.

Hynde and the Pretenders regrouped in 1983, with Robbie McIntosh and Malcolm Foster, releasing ‘Learning to Crawl’ in 1984.

By the middle of that year, things were beginning to look up for Hynde and she married Simple Mind singer Jim Kerr. The couple had a daughter, but would later divorce in 1990.

Hynde’s duet with UB40’s on ‘I Got You Babe’ did well in the charts and she continued to make music under the guise of The Pretenders, despite the odd change of line-up. ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ and ‘Breakfast in Bed’ marked the end of the bands 80s output.

The 1990s proved less of a success after ‘Packed!’ failed to set the charts alight. In 1994, the album ‘Last of the Independents’, was quite rightly hailed as an impressive comeback and included the hit ‘I’ll Stand by You’.

In 1995, the Pretenders released a live album, ‘Isle of View’, and in 1999 ‘Viva el Amor’ came along. Four years later, the reggae tinged ‘Loose Screw’ (2003) was released and the band set off on a world tour.

Besides making a number of appearances at charity events, Chrissie Hynde is passionate about Animal Rights and is a vocal supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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