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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

Wow This is such a good Album!

I can understand why some people might not like this song, but I love this album. I have listened to it since I was 8, when my parents got it. It is just a really good album, and it's movie clips between songs are fun to listen to and try to guess what movie they are from. These lyrics are kind of strange, but the music is really GREAT buy this album, Just put on a Big set of earphones and sit down and listen to the whole album, dont skip any songs!

Good Political Music

If you follow the global and english politics a lot of the songs are really very good. If you are an idiot and don't realize the political context of many of these songs you won't find them interesting.

Amazing Album

I love every song on this album!!! Chumbawamba did a great job with this album. This is one of the best albums that I have every bought. This album is all around incredible.


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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