Shhh… Chumbawamba!

Chumbawamba – Tubthumper (1997)

“Tubthumping” is Shouting to Change The World (then having a drink to celebrate). It’s stumbling home from your local bar, when the world is ready to be PUT RIGHT…

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…

Chumbawamba – Showbusiness! (1994)

“Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.” – Mussorgsky “No-one is completely worthless – they can always serve as a bad example”

Chumbawamba – Shhh (1992)

Basically the message is: steal it! Culture, music, art, the odd book and slab of cheese… The new will be built from the ruins of the old.

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”.

Chumbawamba – Never Mind The Ballots (1987)

There are moments in all of our lives, tiny sparks still deep inside; When a new-born baby cries, When you’re watching clouds in a summer sky, The first time you walked out on strike, Love and sex and holding tight, Things that can’t be bought by promises and votes.

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…

Chumbawamba – Revolution (1985)

If our music makes you happy, but content, it has failed. If our music entertains, but doesn’t inspire, it has failed. The music’s not a threat. Action that music inspires can be a threat. The time has come to make a choice: STOP TAKING ORDERS FROM HIS MASTER’S VOICE!

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