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Album Review

Chumbawamba had been kicking around the British indie scene for years, releasing nine albums before Tubthumper unexpectedly brought the band to the top of the charts not only in England, but around the world. The difference between Tubthumper and the rest of Chumbawamba's catalog lay in "Tubthumping," a giddily infectious blend of big dance beats, pop hooks, and football chants. It's a standout single, one that finds the group at its catchiest, and there isn't anything quite as good on the remainder of Tubthumper, an album that finds the group downplaying its notorious political radicalism in favor of pop and dance. Still, there's a handful of cuts scattered throughout the record that make the album worthwhile, and there's no denying that "Tubthumping" is a hit single unlike any other. It's one of the least likely hit singles ever, and that alone makes the record distinctive.

Customer Reviews

Great, underrated band

this band is one of my favorite indie bands from london, or anywhere! exept, everyone of my friends has never heard of this band, but absolutley love it once they hear it! PS, I got this album from my dads old cd collection, when he was cleaning out his cds i managed to salvage a couple. anyways, before the cd was in my possesion, i used to be afraid of that lil' guy on the cover :P Muahahahaha


it has it's ups and downs.. but it gets knocked down sometimes but eventually it gets back up again so in the end nothing will ever bring it down... lmfgdao


i really like the song tubthumping!


Formed: 1984 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in a squat in Leeds, England, in 1984, the anarchist pop group Chumbawamba were a most unlikely mainstream success story. After more than a decade in relative obscurity, much of it spent attacking the very notion of stardom, the band signed to a major label in 1997 and quickly scored a major international hit with the riotous single "Tubthumping." The single would prove to the band's commercial peak, even though Chumbawamba continued issuing politically aware albums (many of them featuring...
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