September 18, 2004
Labour of Love

Being a teenage kid in the Midlands during the Thatcher era - childhood memories include being totally consumed by the music of a local band called UB40.

Gert’s occasional dive into her tape/record/CD collection inspired me to blow the dust off some of my own CDs. And so - it’s been a morning of rediscovery of music by UB40.

My first experiment in associating image with sound. It’s normally the other way around: select an image - and then pick some words and some sounds. It’s a bit harder to associate image with a selected sound - and almost impossible to associate words with the sound if the sound is a song. In any case - the results can be a little abstract.

Click the play button in the media player below to listen to “The Way You Do The Things You Do” composed by Smokey Robinson and originally performed by The Temptations - but recorded in 1989 by UB40 as part of the Labour of Love II collection. It’s encoded at 56kbps so even if you are on dialup it should stream fine. If you wish to hear it again - it will play from your computer’s hard disk every subsequent time.

(For maximum impact: Turn the volume up loud before pressing the play button.)

Posted by jag at September 18, 2004 01:50 PM

The girls. Taken in very bright early morning sunshine - in a supermarket car park in North London. I like the strong contrast in the shadows on the road surface.

Posted by: Jag on September 18, 2004 02:09 PM

Felt good to see a post on UB40.I used to love them when I was in high school! :)

Did you know UB40 stands for Unemployment Bureau Form 40?

Posted by: Sidharth on September 18, 2004 07:28 PM

Hi Sidharth: glad you liked the UB40 band. By the way - the “B” in UB40 stands for “Benefit”. I know this because here in UK in the 80s - until the early 90s - the the UB40 form was an iconic term symbolising being “unemployed” - I even filled it in myself when I was a student! The term “Unemployment Benefit” is synonomous with “welfare” in the USA. :-)

Posted by: Jag on September 18, 2004 08:31 PM

I never had a record of theirs but I did have the piece of paper.

Posted by: David on September 21, 2004 08:12 AM
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