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Chumbawamba: Tubthumper

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Chumbawamaba's anarchic pop album from 1997.
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This Isn't Tearoom England

  • Dec 22, 2008
There are a number of bands I'm embarrassed to admit that I listened to in my youth. Chumbawamba isn't one of them. With their anarchic pop-punk and their witty lyrics attacking the Tories of their native England, Chumbawamba took social commentary to a new level. Utilizing catchy pop tunes they made their commercial breakthrough with their 1997 album, Tubthumper, which not only brought them mainstream recognition but also international stardom (ironically these were the last things that they intended).
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Their songs tackle everyday problems in the U.K. including alcoholism as a form of diversion (Tubthumping), the hazards of trusting landlords (Drip, Drip, Drip), political corruption (One by One) and puritanical religious beliefs (Mary, Mary). Rather than being obnoxiously preachy they maintain a sharp satirical edge that cuts through their pop style and gets to the heart of the matter with a focus and concentration that is intimidating.

The question is, where are they now? Personally, I'd like to think that Chumbawamba is off in some bar, in an industrial mining town, encouraging English citizens to rebel against their government with danceable pop music (that's my kind of revolution).

Songs include:
1. Tubthumping
2. Amnesia
3. Drip, Drip, Drip
4. The Big Issue
5. The Good Ship Lifestyle
6. One by One
7. Outsider
8. Creepy Crawling
9. Mary, Mary
10. Small Town
11. I Want More
12. Scapegoat

"The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent."
-Karl Marx
This Isn't Tearoom England

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December 22, 2009
alright! at least I've heard of this one. nice change of pace, Sean!
December 22, 2009
Actually, this was an old review from Amazon that I plan on spicing up a bit. Chumbawamba's great and really eclectic. They started off as a British punk band, moved into pop and dance music. and now are doing folk... all with an anarchic message of revolution against the capitalists and the Tories! Priceless. =D
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Composer: Chumbawamba
Author: Chumbawamba
Performer: Chumbawamba
Release Date: 1997
Label: Universal Records
Artist: Chumbawamba
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