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Chumbawamba – Swingin’ With Raymond (1995)

So. For a few years we’ve been mixing up all the ragtag dog-ends of everything we listen to, calling it “influences” and cramming it all into every song. Stealing by any other name (just being modest, y’know). This time we go for the straight split-down-the-middle Cooing and Barking thing. No Lou’s voice on the hate stuff, no loud guitars or shouting on the love stuff. Hearts laid open (as usual) diving headlong into the boiling pool which is popular culture. This record is another installment in our plan to prove that there’s room for contrary bastards in rock n roll.… Continue reading Chumbawamba – Swingin’ With Raymond (1995)

Chumbawamba – English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (1988)

Throughout England’s history, whilst peasants and workers were marching, striking and fighting, there have been radical ballads and songs. Written to publicise and to inspire. Written so that some particular piece of history can be passed on from generation to generation. The Folk music of struggle, written by and for the common “folk”.… Continue reading Chumbawamba – English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (1988)

Chumbawamba – Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records (1986)

Poverty and hunger are not ‘inevitable fads of life’. They are the result of an unjust system. That system needs to be changed; and we can start to overthrow it by changing our part within it. Inevitably, the people who are responsible for this genocide in Africa, South America, Asia etc are also running the countries we live in. If we really want to help the poor, we must begin to actively oppose the way our governments and companies operate. Supporting strikes, taking action, boycotting products: taking a stand. The massed stars of pop music, for all their sincerity and wealth, cannot feed the world. Together, we can.… Continue reading Chumbawamba – Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records (1986)

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