Album covers analysed: UB40, Signing Off

Published: 29th Apr, 2009

A sign of the times…


Anyone who’s ever had the joy of partaking in some of the country’s many benefit options should feel a warm breeze of recognition for this, the greatest of the UB40 albums. The cover is an exact copy of an Unemployment Benefit Attendance Card from back in 1980. Being that it was the beginning of the Thatcher era – when rich people were rewarded with neon wine bars, and poor people with AIDS, heroin and canal bridges – much of the country would have been familiar with this particular document. This obviously makes the sleeve a massive political gesture, and also a nod backwards at where the band were when they started hoiking their curious brand of UK Reggae around Birmingham. Owners of the original record will tell you that the sleeve is also fashioned from a strange cardboard material, which might make it seem authentic, but also means that it can be mistaken for actual post. A bold move, UB40. Below is the best track from the album…

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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