On Chumbawamba

I’ve always thought “Tubthumping” was a savagely sarcastic song. Back in the day, I remember arguing with people* about this. Really people? Verses like “don’t cry for me Argentina next door neighbour” in the middle of song about binge-drinking macho idiot sports fans fighting in bars aren’t examples of the band’s vicious contempt of apolitical brick-brained louts?


You know, I think that’s EXACTLY what they are.¬†Anyway, R.I.P. Chumbawamba.

*I’m pretty sure it was Janzen (who actually listened to other Chumbawamba songs**) but it might’ve been Penner. Either way, it was some lovable ¬†Winnipeg post-Mennonite loudmouth. (p.s. I love you guys.)

**I really liked Chumbawamba’s Margaret Thatcher-sampling “The Police Have Been Wonderful”. Thanks for playing that for me, Ed.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

One thought on “On Chumbawamba”

  1. Re: wonderful: Ha ha … I’d totally forgotten about that – both about the song and about having played it for you!

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