Chumbawamba get knocked down, but don’t get up again
After three decades, seventeen albums and one Guinness World Record for the longest album title, ever – anarchist collective Chumbawamba have called it quits.
Best known for their 1997 hit Tubthumping (which can still be heard echoing out of Bridie O’Reilly’s on any given Saturday night ) the band were at the forefront of the UK cassette culture and anarcho-punk scenes in the mid 80s. Much of their early song-writing was inspired by social unrest present under the Thatcher Government, while later their political ire was focused sharply on Bob Geldolf and Live Aid.
Explaining their decision to call it a day the band explained (via PunkNews): “We felt we’d got to a point where what we did as a band – and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle – wasn’t doing justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place. We were always as much about ideas as music, and that meant doing more than writing, recording and touring songs. It meant trying to be relevant and active and up-to-date, while trying to avoid the dreaded rut of routine or repetition. Being up-to-date meant giving plenty of time and energy to the band, constantly, for those thirty years; a constancy we plainly couldn’t keep up with in the end.”