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MEMBERS: Harry Hamer, Alice Nutter, Boff, Mavis Dillon, Louise Mary Watts, Danbert Nobacon, Paul Greco, and Dunstan Bruce
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Tubthumping" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: Tubthumper (1997)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Chumbawambabutton.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba formed in England in 1984 and started out as an anarchist group performing more for making statements and theatrics than for music. It wasn't until a single "Tubthumping" helped get the group's message out to a wider audience.

1997... # 28 Singles Artist of the Year

September
Chumbawamba - Tubthumperbutton.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba released Tubthumper.
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Tubthumping" topped the UK Singles chart for a week.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba hit the Top 40 with "Tubthumping."
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Tubthumper was certified gold.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba hit the Top 10 and then #1 for 3 weeks with "Tubthumping."
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Tubthumping" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for 9 weeks and the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 7 weeks.
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Tubthumper was certified platinum.

December
Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Tubthumper was certified 2x platinum.

1998... # 67 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) On an airing of Politically Incorrect, Chumbawamba's Alice Nutter stated that fans who can't afford their music may want to steal their CDs from large retail chains. The band's website also has the following statement: "...stealing from chain stores involves fewer moral dilemmas... we've no sympathy for the bigger stores.... quite often shops have huge profits and they cover it in the insurance. I know that the consumer pays more. But people who can afford it pay more." As a result, Virgin Megastore has removed their music from their retail and display racks to behind the counter. A Virgin spokesperson MTV, "We were an early supporter of this group and this record, and it's like a slap in the face to us."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba's Danbert Nobacon took the opportunity of the Brit Awards to display how he and his band members feel about the ruling Labor Party of Britain by dumping "a bucket of icewater" on the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, while he was watching the awards. Nobacon did the deed while screaming "That's for the Liverpool dockers". Prescott's office responded later: "It now appears that it was a publicity stunt designed to draw attention to the group's act. (Prescott) thinks it utterly contemptible that his wife and other womenfolk should have been subjected to such cowardly, terrifying behavior simply because they were accompanying a public figure at an event designed to support the British music industry." Nobacon was later arrested and released with no charges filed. A statement by the band the next day stated: "If John Prescott, as a representative of the government, has the nerve to turn up at events such as the Brit awards in a vain attempt to make Labor seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him."
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Tubthumper was certified 3x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The president and CEO of EMI Europe, Rupert Perry, apologized publicly for the incident stating: "No music company can control the political views of its artists, but we wish to sincerely apologize to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Prescott, and the other guests for the anguish caused." He further called the incident a "personal political protest" that was "offensive and unacceptable."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 40 with "Amnesia."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Nutter, missed several tour dates of the group's European tour due to injuries suffered after a protest-turned-riot in Italy. A spokesperson said Nutter was hit in the head during the riot and later injured her face.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba were nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist ("Tubthumping").

2000...

January
Chumbawamba - What You See Is What You Getbutton.gif (123 bytes) Chumbawamba stirred up some controversy when their song "Passenger List For Doomed Flight #1721" was described by Boff as "...a list of people we'd most like to see disappear from our lives." The song includes Bono, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and even TV's Ally McBeal. The song will be the b-side to their single "She's Got All The Friends."

April
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2002...

June
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LPs
Chumbawamba - Tubthumper Tubthumper
Released: September, 1997
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Tubthumping" - "Amnesia" - "Drip Drip Drip" - "Big Issue" - "Good Hip Lifestyle" - "One By One" - "Outsider" - "Creepy Crawling" - "Mary Mary" - "Small Town" - "I Want More" - "Scapegoat"
Chumbawamba - What You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get
Released: April, 2000
Rolling Stone review: 1 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "I'm With Stupid" - "Shake Baby Shake" - "Pass It Along" - "Hey Hey We're The Junkies" - "Health And Happiness Show" - "I'm Coming Out" - "I'm In Trouble Again" - "Social Dogma" - "WWW Dot" - "New York Mining Disaster 1941" - "I'm Not Sorry, I Was Having Fun" - "Jesus In Vegas" - "Standing Still" - "She's Got All The Friends" - "Ladies For Compassionate Lynching" - "Celebration, Florida" - "Moses With A Gun" - "Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Jerry Springer" - "Smart Bomb" - "Knickers" - "Lie Lie Lie Lie" - "Dumbing Down"
Chumbawamba - Readymades Readymades
Released: June, 2002
Tracks: "Salt Fare, North Sea" - "Jacob's Ladder" - "All In Vain" - "Home With Me" - "If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me" - "Don't Try This At Home" - "Song For Len Shackleton" - "Without Reason Or Rhyme (The Killing Of Harry Stanley)" - "Don't Pass Go" - "One Way Or The Other" - "When I'm Bad" - "Sewing Up Crap" - "After Shelley"
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