United Kingdom



publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Mark White, Martin Fry, Stephen Singleton
album: Track 12 in album Beauty Stab
release date: 1983-11-14
popularity : 10 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Rock Pop
styles: Art Rock/Pop Rock/Synth-pop
length: 3:20
producer: ABC and Gary Langan
drums: Andy Newmark
vocal: Martin Fry
arranger: Stephen Singleton, Martin Fry and Mark White
alto saxophone: Stephen Singleton
additional percussion: Luis Jardim
strings arranger: ABC and David Bedford
bass guitar: Alan Spenner
baritone saxophone & tenor saxophone: Howie Casey
assistant engineer: John Kurlander, Bob Kraushaar and Keith Nixon
additional oboe: David Theodore
guitar & piano & synthesizer: Mark White
additional recorder: Adrian Brett
composer: Martin Fry, Mark White, Stephen Singleton
lyricist: Martin Fry, Mark White, Stephen Singleton

Album Information

label: Neutron Records
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

ABC Beauty Stab cover art


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There`s a gang I`ve just joined
Three million strong you`d agree
Enrollment was easy, so easy

From Land`s End to John O`Groats
Mending holes in their coat
Burning dreams build upon buried hopes
United Kingdom - you`d better ring them
United Kingdom - United Kingdom

Finding it hard
With your finger running down
In school he was an athlete
"After all of these O-levels is this my reward?"
never heard from Charles I, Charles II

You`ve a solution - you better bring them

Bankrupted done and dusted

Happy dealing up a no ace pack?
Priming the riot squad
Covering up the agony with mindless entertainment
Bringing down the axe on steelworks and foundries
Close your eyes and think of England

You`ve a solution - you better bring them


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 That Was Then but This Is Now
  • 2 Love's a Dangerous Language
  • 3 If I Ever Thought You'd Be Lonely
  • 4 The Power of Persuasion
  • 5 Beauty Stab
  • 6 By Default by Design
  • 7 Hey Citizen!
  • 8 King Money
  • 9 Bite the Hand
  • 10 Unzip
  • 11 S.O.S.
  • 12 United Kingdom