Chumbawamba

Profil:
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 Chumbawamba - Be Happy ! Despite It All... (Demos) Cover-Design Chumbawamba & Passion Killers Chumbawamba & Passion Killers - Be Happy ! Despite It All... (Demos)(Cass, Spl) Sky & Trees #3 UK 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
AR9 Chumbawamba - Conway Hall 20 Aug 84 Cover-Design Flux Of Pink Indians, Chumbawamba Flux Of Pink Indians, Chumbawamba - Conway Hall 20 Aug 84(Cass) Acid Rain Products AR9 UK 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records: Starvation, Charity And Rock & Roll - Lies & Traditions Cover-Design Chumbawamba Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records: Starvation, Charity And Rock & Roll - Lies & Traditions (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop UK 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
FV-010 Chumbawamba - Feed The World, Starve The Rich Cover-Design Chumbawamba & Generic Chumbawamba & Generic - Feed The World, Starve The Rich(Cass) Not On Label FV-010 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
none Chumbawamba - Benefit For Leeds Hunt Saboteurs Cover-Design Chumbawamba Benefit For Leeds Hunt Saboteurs(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba Self-released) none UK 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Never Mind The Ballots Cover-Design Chumbawamba Never Mind The Ballots (Album) Agit Prop UK 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 Cover-Design Chumbawamba English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (Album) Agit Prop, Agit Prop UK 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
on r.e.d.882 Chumbawamba - The Police Are Wonderful Cover-Design 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 Diese Version verkaufen
none Chumbawamba - Be A Rebel, Raise Some Heck Cover-Design Chumbawamba Be A Rebel, Raise Some Heck(Cass) KomistA none 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Slap! Cover-Design Chumbawamba Slap! (Album) Agit Prop UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Shhh Cover-Design Chumbawamba Shhh (Album) Agit Prop UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
none Chumbawamba - Live In Armley Cover-Design Chumbawamba Live In Armley(Cass) Not On Label (Chumbawamba Self-released) none UK 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Showbusiness! Cover-Design Chumbawamba Showbusiness! (Album) One Little Indian UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Anarchy Cover-Design Chumbawamba Anarchy (Album) One Little Indian Europe 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Swingin' With Raymond Cover-Design Chumbawamba Swingin' With Raymond (Album) One Little Indian, One Little Indian, One Little Indian Europe 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Tubthumper Cover-Design Chumbawamba Tubthumper (Album) EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola, EMI, EMI US 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
TOCP-50443 Chumbawamba - Japan Only Mini-Album - Amnesia Cover-Design Chumbawamba Japan Only Mini-Album - Amnesia(CD, MiniAlbum) EMI TOCP-50443 Japan 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - WYSIWYG Cover-Design Chumbawamba WYSIWYG (Album) EMI, EMI Electrola GmbH Poland 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Readymades Cover-Design Chumbawamba Readymades (Album) Mutt Records Brazil 2002 Diese Version verkaufen
MUTTCD003 Chumbawamba - Revengers Tragedy Cover-Design Chumbawamba Revengers Tragedy(CD, Album) Mutt Records MUTTCD003 UK 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Un Cover-Design Chumbawamba Un (Album) Mutt Records Germany 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - A Singsong And A Scrap Cover-Design Chumbawamba A Singsong And A Scrap (Album) No Masters Europe 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - Get On With It Live Cover-Design Chumbawamba Get On With It Live (Album) No Masters US 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
Chumbawamba - The Boy Bands Have Won Cover-Design Chumbawamba The Boy Bands Have Won (Album) No Masters, Westpark Music UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
NMCD33, WP87186 Chumbawamba - ABCDEFG Cover-Design Chumbawamba ABCDEFG(CD, Album) No Masters, Westpark Music NMCD33, WP87186 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen