Tubthumping, by Chumbawamba

A tubthumper is a person that defends his/her ideas with passion, vehemence, and a lot of noise. A definition that matches perfectly the album that the band Chumbawamba published a little over 15 years ago.

In essence, Tubthumper (1997) is full of songs loaded with energy, noise, and vehemence. Not only today's recommendation on MuzaW, but also other tunes like Mary, Mary, The Good Ship Lifestyle or Amnesia (with its catchy lyrics "Do you suffer from long-term memory loss? I don't remember.")

It may not be the band's best song, but Tubthumping became their biggest hit, the most successful one, and their best presentation card... Although it also received heavy criticism: Rolling Stone magazine picked it as one of the most annoying song, and AOL Radio as one of the worst songs ever (a bit of an exaggetion).

But opinions aside, what cannot be denied is the great influence of this song at the end of the 1990s, when it came to be one of the decade's anthems.

Also, both Rolling Stone and AOL Radio don't need to worry about a second version of their dreaded song: after 30 years active, Chumbawamba announced their definitive farewell in 2012.

Article published on March 28, 2013.
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