Chumbawamba

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. 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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Chumbawamba Discography

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none Chumbawamba Another Year Of The Same Old Shit(Cass, bla) Sky & Trees none UK 1982 Sell This Version
#3 Chumbawamba & Passion Killers Chumbawamba & Passion Killers - Be Happy ! Despite It All... (Demos)(Cass, Spl) Sky & Trees #3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
PROP 1, Prop One Chumbawamba Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records: Starvation, Charity And Rock & Roll - Lies & Traditions (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop PROP 1, Prop One UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Chumbawamba Benefit For Leeds Hunt Saboteurs(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba Self-released) none UK 1986 Sell This Version
none Chumbawamba Un Toast A La Democratie(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba) none UK 1986 Sell This Version
PROP 2, LP17572 04 Chumbawamba Never Mind The Ballots (Album) Agit Prop PROP 2, LP17572 04 France 1987 Sell This Version
PROP 03 Chumbawamba English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop PROP 03 UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Chumbawamba Be A Rebel, Raise Some Heck(Cass) KomistA none 1989 Sell This Version
Prop 7 Chumbawamba Slap! (Album) Agit Prop Prop 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
18515-2 Chumbawamba Shhh (Album) Agit Prop 18515-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Chumbawamba Live In Armley(Cass) Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
TPLP56C Chumbawamba Showbusiness! (Album) One Little Indian TPLP56C UK 1994 Sell This Version
828 524-2 Chumbawamba Anarchy (Album) One Little Indian 828 524-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
841246 4 Chumbawamba Swingin' With Raymond (Album) One Little Indian, One Little Indian, One Little Indian 841246 4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
UD-53099 Chumbawamba Tubthumper (Album) EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola, EMI, EMI UD-53099 US 1997 Sell This Version
AKA 008CD, Allied No. 79CD Noam Chomsky / Chumbawamba Noam Chomsky / Chumbawamba - For A Free Humanity: For Anarchy(2xCD, Album) AK Press Audio, Allied Recordings (3) AKA 008CD, Allied No. 79CD US 1997 Sell This Version
TOCP-50443 Chumbawamba Japan Only Mini-Album - Amnesia(CD, Album) EMI TOCP-50443 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
7243 5 24968 4 6 Chumbawamba WYSIWYG (Album) EMI 7243 5 24968 4 6 Poland 2000 Sell This Version
2442 Chumbawamba Readymades (Album) Mutt Records 2442 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
MUTTCD003 Chumbawamba Revenger's Tragedy(CD, Album) Mutt Records MUTTCD003 UK 2003 Sell This Version
0154152 ERE Chumbawamba Un (Album) Mutt Records 0154152 ERE Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0165512ERE Chumbawamba A Singsong And A Scrap (Album) No Masters 0165512ERE Europe 2005 Sell This Version
PMA 002-2 ROOT-CD-0005 Chumbawamba Get On With It Live (Album) No Masters PMA 002-2 ROOT-CD-0005 US 2006 Sell This Version
NMCD28, WP87154 Chumbawamba The Boy Bands Have Won (Album) No Masters, Westpark Music NMCD28, WP87154 UK 2008 Sell This Version
NMCD33, WP87186 Chumbawamba ABCDEFG(CD, Album) No Masters, Westpark Music NMCD33, WP87186 UK 2010 Sell This Version