One In Ten – UB40 (1981)


An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, One In Ten by UB40. The record was released in 1981, on the DEP International record label and has been reworked into the shape of a crowd of ten people, one of whom is unemployed.

Presented in a satin black box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: One In Ten
Media Artist/s: UB40
Record Label: DEP International
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Reggae



Additional information about this, UB40 vinyl art.

UB40 – The Artist

UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success with over 70 million records sold worldwide. The ethnic make-up of the band’s original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Welsh, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage. The band’s line-up was stable for nearly 29 years, from 1979 until January, when frontman Ali Campbell left the band.

One In Ten – The Song

One In Ten  is a single by UB40, released in 1981 on their second album Present Arms. It reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. The song title refers to the number 9.6, being the percentage of the local workforce claiming unemployment benefit in the West Midlands in the summer of 1981 when the song was released.

The Crowd of Ten – The Shape

A circle of ten men and women one of which is cut from the group as ‘A statistic, a reminder of a world that doesn’t care’ – Lyrics from UB40’s One in Ten

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Additional information

Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm


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