“You’re just a robbin’ and a stabbin’ And a lootin’ and a shooting…Johnny yer too bad”

Johnny Too Bad – UB40 (1983) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Johnny Too Bad” was released on UB40’s fourth album, Labour Of Love, in September 1983. This album was hugely popular and the one that made UB40 famous. “Johnny Too Bad” was one of my two favorite songs from the record (the other being “Many Rivers To Cross”….I actually started a video for the song previously, but ended up using another version of the song, by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon; https://youtu.be/_gjrS3MLKfk) Think I’ll try to do something with a performance video of the song….although my “Red Red Wine” gets the big block?!)

UB40 has always been such an amazing band, especially live. I wanted to try and clean up this awful video of a great live performance (Finsbury Park London 1991) of the song and edit it to the studio track. I chose this performance because its a great example of Norman Hassan’s crazy dance skills…..this guy can move! 😉 I would have loved to have had this performance in better quality. I tired several effects to make it look better, but by the time I worked the effect strong enough to make the video look better, the performance was lost)…..so I guess this will have to do. Check out the live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcWEMvBgO9M

The entire Labour of Love album consists of cover versions of songs originally released by the group’s musical idols. The most notable track is the cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine,” which reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom upon its release. The song originally reached #34 in the United States, but upon its re-release in the US in 1988, it topped the chart. The album and 12″ version included a toasted verse by Astro, later copied by Neil Diamond in his live performances.

The band would later continue the series and release three more cover albums, Labour of Love II, Labour of Love III and Labour of Love IV.

[Lyrics]
Walking down the road
With a pistol in your waist
Johnny you’re too bad
Walking down the road
With a ratchet in your waist
Johnny you’re too bad

[Chorus:]
You’re just robbin’ and stabbin’
And lootin’ and shooting
You’re too bad repeat

One of these day’s
When you hear a voice say come,
Where you gonna run to?
One of these day’s
When you hear a voice say come,
where you gonna run to?

[Chorus]

You’re gonna run to the rock
For rescue, there’ll be no rock
You’re gonna run to the rock
For rescue, there’ll be no rock

 

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