Chumbawamba

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This anarchist pop punk band is probably best known for the single "Tubthumping", which was everywhere in 1997, but probably less well known is the fact that this was taken from their eighth studio album, "Tubthumper".

Formed in a squat in Leeds, England, in 1982, Chumbawamba released their first single, "Revolution", in 1985. Up to a point they self-released most of their material on labels they ran themselves, such as Sky & Trees and Agit Prop. Their musical style has changed through the years, initially a shouting punk band, later recording some folk songs, then, with the "Jesus H Christ" album, they discovered electronic music.

That album, however, was built around numerous samples of other groups and, when they found out how much clearing them would cost, they scrapped it (though, it was released as a bootleg and, in recent years, via their chumbawamba.tv site as mp3s) and rerecorded the album without the samples and with a new focus on censorship.

"Anarchy" was their response to criticism from their contemporaries for their move into pop music, funny, political and musically experimental. The anti-Nazi song "Enough is Enough", recorded with regular collaborator MC Fusion, was released as a single and launched Fusion's new group Credit to the Nation. They had minor chart success, but nothing compared to what was to come.

The disappointing "Swingin' with Raymond" followed and was the end of their relationship with One Little Indian. Deciding that there's no such thing as a good capitalist, big or small, they signed with EMI, whom they had criticised in the past. The band were heavily criticised once again, but the massive worldwide success of "Tubthumper" allowed the band to fund numerous political campaigns around the world.

They were never to repeat the success of that single and proudly proclaimed themselves one hit wonders and their relationship with EMI only lasted one more album and a few singles. Independent again with Mutt Records, and with long-time producer Neil Ferguson now officially a member, they have continued to experiment with their style, recording "Readymades", mixing folk samples with dance beats, the soundtrack to the Alex Cox film "Revengers Tragedy" and their latest release, "UN", recorded on a mini disc in Latin America and at Chumbawamba's Bradford studio, mixing styles and sounds from different parts of the world.

Since then, the group slimmed down to just Lou, Neil, Boff and Jude, and added Phil Moody on accordion to play folk music with pop influences. The other members have moved on to their own projects.

Always controversial, often under attack from the left and the right, Chumbawamba have always done things their own way and, in their own words, "Never do what you are told."

In August 2012 the band decided to call it quits after some final gigs in their 30th year of existence mainly because "the rest of our lives got in the way and we couldn’t commit the time and enthusiasm that the band demanded."
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#3 Be Happy ! Despite It All... (Demos) — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba & Passion Killers Chumbawamba & Passion Killers - Be Happy ! Despite It All... (Demos)(Cass) Sky & Trees #3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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#4 Another Year Of The Same Old Shit — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Another Year Of The Same Old Shit Sky & Trees #4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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No. 4 History Luddite — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba History Luddite(Cass, S/Sided) 69 Tapes No. 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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AR9 Conway Hall 20 Aug 84 — Chumbawamba Flux Of Pink Indians & Chumbawamba Flux Of Pink Indians & Chumbawamba - Conway Hall 20 Aug 84(Cass) Acid Rain Products AR9 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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none Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records: Starvation, Charity And Rock & Roll - Lies & Traditions — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records: Starvation, Charity And Rock & Roll - Lies & Traditions (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop none Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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FV-010 Feed The World, Starve The Rich — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba & Generic Chumbawamba & Generic - Feed The World, Starve The Rich(Cass) Not On Label FV-010 1986 Sell This Version
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none Benefit For Leeds Hunt Saboteurs — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Benefit For Leeds Hunt Saboteurs(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba Self-released) none UK 1986 Sell This Version
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Livetape 1 Still Fighting The Fences — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba / Dona Nobis Pacem Chumbawamba / Dona Nobis Pacem - Still Fighting The Fences(Cass) Y.U.R.A. Livetape 1 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
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none Never Mind The Ballots — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Never Mind The Ballots (Album) Agit Prop none UK 1986 Sell This Version
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none Un Toast A La Democratie — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Un Toast A La Democratie(Cass, Album) Episodisc none France 1987 Sell This Version
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PROP 3, Prop Three English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop PROP 3, Prop Three UK 1988 Sell This Version
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on r.e.d.882 The Police Are Wonderful — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba and Danbert Nobacon Chumbawamba and Danbert Nobacon - The Police Are Wonderful(Cass, Ltd, C47) R.E.D. Tapes on r.e.d.882 Poland 1988 Sell This Version
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none Live At El Paso Buole, Torino — Chumbawamba The Ex / Chumbawamba The Ex / Chumbawamba - Live At El Paso Buole, Torino(Cass, Album, Ltd) Nautilus none Italy 1988 Sell This Version
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none Be A Rebel, Raise Some Heck — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Be A Rebel, Raise Some Heck Peaceville Tapes none 1989 Sell This Version
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Prop 7 Slap! — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Slap! (Album) Agit Prop Prop 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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No.1 Feed The World And Starve The Rich (And Other Issues For Hire) — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Feed The World And Starve The Rich (And Other Issues For Hire)(Cass, Album) Vegan Policeman Tapes No.1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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tragic flop 001 Jesus H Christ — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Jesus H Christ (Album) Everyone's Stealing From Someone tragic flop 001 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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18515-2 Shhh — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Shhh (Album) Agit Prop 18515-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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EGSP-7 Stitch That! — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Stitch That!(Cass) E.G. Smith Press Audio EGSP-7 US 1992 Sell This Version
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none Live In Armley — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Live In Armley(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba Self-released) none UK 1993 Sell This Version
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TPLP56C Showbusiness! — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Showbusiness! (Album) One Little Indian TPLP56C UK 1994 Sell This Version
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TPLP 46L, TPLP46, TPLP 46 Anarchy — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Anarchy (Album) One Little Indian TPLP 46L, TPLP46, TPLP 46 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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841246 4 Swingin' With Raymond — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Swingin' With Raymond (Album) One Little Indian 841246 4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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7243 8 59455 2 6, CDEMC 3773 Tubthumper — Chumbawamba Chumbawamba Tubthumper (Album) EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola, EMI, EMI 7243 8 59455 2 6, CDEMC 3773 Malaysia 1997 Sell This Version
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P 519.872 Instore CD Featuring Meredith Brooks, Chumbawamba, G's Incorporated, Eternal — Chumbawamba Meredith Brooks, Chumbawamba, G's Incorporated, Eternal (2) Meredith Brooks, Chumbawamba, G's Incorporated, Eternal (2) - Instore CD Featuring Meredith Brooks, Chumbawamba, G's Incorporated, Eternal(CD, Ltd, Promo) Electrola P 519.872 Germany 1997 Sell This Version