Chumbawamba Split: Twitter Reacts to the Band’s Farewell

    July 10, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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Chumbawamba split: Unless you were addicted to FM radio back in 1997, chances are you’re unfamiliar with the anarchistic punk band Chumbawamba. Although they have a pretty strong and dedicated following overseas, the group didn’t put much of a dent in the North American music scene outside of their hit “Tubthumping”. If you’ve ever been knocked down but felt the inexplicable urge to get back up again, this song was designed with you in mind. Assuming, of course, that your inability to stand upright had something to do with imbibing copious amounts of alcohol. It’s a lot funnier if you’re familiar with the song. Okay, maybe not.

After 30 long years of rocking the socks of their legion of fans, the band has decided to call it quits. Although a lot of people weren’t aware that the group was still together — do a quick search for Chumbawamba on Twitter if you think I’m exaggerating — this is probably pretty depressing for those who have followed the band’s musical output for the past three decades. Honestly, it’s a little hard for me to digest that “Tubthumping” was released 15 years ago.

Yikes, I’m old.

“That’s it then, it’s the end. with neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. 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,” the band explained on their website. “But eventually the rest of our lives got in the way and we couldn’t commit the time and enthusiasm that the band demanded.”

Chumbawamba, which focused on such topics as animal rights, pacifism, class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture and anti-fascism, also released the singles “Amnesia”, “Enough Is Enough”, “Timebomb”, “Top of the World (Ole, Ole, Ole)”, and “Add Me”. At the end of the day, the band cobbled together over 15 albums.

If you’re curious to see what folks on Twitter have to say about the group’s final farewell, take a look at the reactions embedded below. If you’re a fan of the band, however, you may not find them too humorous.

  • jeff kramer

    its okay… they will get back up again

  • M.L.

    Anyonw who thinks this bubblegum pop crap band is ‘punk’ rock in any way, shape or form, theyare extraoridnarily ignorant. I’ve noticed thata lot of Americans in particular really don’t know what punk rock, heavy mnetal, or even rock music are; they apply these terms to R&B top 40 groups regularly (Michael Jackson was often called a ‘rock star’ in the US). Free clue: Sex Pistols = punk rock, Chumbawumba is more akin to latter day Def Leppard or even Justin Timberlake than any type of ‘punk rock’.

    • mr_smokymcpot

      I’ve noticed that you probably suck a lot of dick

    • Daniel

      Quite full of yourself aren’t you. American JOURNALISTS mislabel things. Just like they do in all countries. I grew up on Michael Jackson. Never have I heard him called a rock star. Over here he was known as…the king of POP. As for me, I know what punk rock is. For the most part, it’s groups that do not play their instruments well enough to write a song with anything more than noise. Hell, Johnny Rotten said himself he couldn’t play bass to save his life when he was in the Sex Pistols. His own words. Kind of says it all don’t you think. As for Chumbawumba, I know all of one song of theres. And it was a pop song (and it was labeled as such over here in the U.S.). So get your head out of your ass.

  • PearJam

    Chumba-who? Who gives a crap.

  • Meg

    ML- quit being such a dick. It’s a generational thing and not just applied to Americans. Punk = Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Clash, The Replacements. Pop = Michael Jackson. Don’t be a self-righteous dick.

  • jkn

    Damned shame they’re known only by that one song, not really representative of their work.

  • TheMonteBeckettExperience

    Awww man … I guess this means I have no chance of ever hearing them perform ‘Tubthumping’ live now.

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  • saoud

    I didn’t know that they are alive yet alone still a band until now

  • http://trinityrivermusic.net Steve Young

    Wow, Dethklolk and Chumbawamba in the same week… Oh wait a minute, Dethklok isn’t real….