Formed 1982. Disbanded 2012.


Chumbawamba were a British alternative music band that had, over a career spanning three decades, played anarcho-punk, pop-influenced music, world music, and folk music. The band's anarchist politics exhibit an irreverent attitude toward authority, and the band has been forthright in its stances on issues including animal rights, pacifism (early in their career) and later regarding class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture and anti-fascism.

The band is best known for its one-hit wonder song "Tubthumping". Other singles include "Amnesia", "Enough Is Enough" (with MC Fusion), "Timebomb", "Top of the World (Ole, Ole, Ole)", and most recently, "Add Me".

In July 2012, Chumbawamba announced its decision to end the band. On its website the members stated "That’s it then, it’s the end. With neither a whimper, a bang, or a reunion." The band performed three last shows between October 31 and November 3.

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    ABCDEFG 2010

    Reviewed by Stefan Appleby
    They retain the capacity to make you smile, dance, laugh and furrow your brow.
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    Un 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Moss
    The Leeds cooperative, no mere band this, have kept up their tradition of artfully...