UB40 – Rat In The Kitchen (1986) – Lp
UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band members began as friends who knew each other from various schools across Birmingham. The name “UB40” was selected in reference to the signing-on document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit from the UK government’s Department of Employment at the time of the band’s formation.
Title: Rat In The Kitchen
Label: Virgin Records
Rat in the Kitchen is the seventh album by UB40, released in July 1986.
In the U.K., UB40 were major stars, and this album was their sixth Top Ten hit, featuring the singles “Sing Your Own Song,” “All I Want to Do,” and “Rat in Mi Kitchen.” In the U.S., the group remained a developing act with a modest following, but they were only able to score a hit by covering a previous hit like “I Got You, Babe.” Rat in the Kitchen did nothing to change that, although it was, as usual, a tuneful collection of reggae.
UB40 consolidated their position as Britain’s foremost mainstream reggae act with an impressive run of hit singles and albums, continuing to translate traditional Jamaican styling into more chart-friendly but edgy pop. This was never so prevalent when the tuneful `Sing Our Own Song’ Top 5 hit was turned into a 7-minute closer on parent platinum-seller, RAT IN THE KITCHEN (1986), a record that also housed modest to major volleys such as `All I Want To Do’, the excellent `Rat In Mi Kitchen’ and `Watchdogs’.
1. All I Want To Do (5:29)
2. You Could Meet Somebody (4:51)
3. Tell It Like It Is (3:34)
4. The Elevator (3:23)
5. Watchdogs (4:17)
1. Rat In Mi Kitchen (6:57)
2. Looking Down At My Reflection (3:24)
3. Don’t Blame Me (3:34)
4. Sing Our Own Song (7:21)