One of the UK’s most successful and iconic bands UB40 have changed their name to CP6.
The news comes after the band played a special gig at the Hare and Hounds pub in King’s Heath, Birmingham, to mark their first ever show back in 1978.
The bands original name “UB40” was selected in reference to the document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit from the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) at the time of the band’s formation. The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40.
The name was representative of the time when unemployment levels saw unemployment levels of close to 10%, as echo’d in their hit “one in ten”.
A source close to the band, who once met them in a pub said:-
“Given the current economic difficulties facing many people in the UK the band felt it was the right time to show solidarity with the 2400 people who declare bankruptcy each year…”
The Creditor’s Bankruptcy Petition (CP6) – is used to petition a court for an individual’s bankruptcy, as also recently used against the band 🙂