British punk band Chumbawamba’s new album


This is a music video of Chumbawamba – Tub thumping.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Carving out an anarchic niche

(Friday 07 March 2008)

ALBUM: Chumbawamba – The Boy Bands Have Won

AS a tonic to the 1980s posturing of such odious self-styled gurus as Bono and Bob Geldof, Chumbawamba‘s debut album Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records was a big deal indeed.

In the go-for-it 1980s, here was a band who dared to question and make mockery of pious conventions peddled by the mainstream press.

It’s unclear, really, when the Chumbawamba’s own peculiar brand of anarchy began to be laughable.

Some cite the attack on John Prescott by vocalist and keyboard player Danbert Nobacon at the Brits, others singer and percussionist Alice Nutter’s increasingly baffling uber-political stances.

Whatever the matter, it’s time to accept these old school hippies back into the fold, as they have rediscovered themselves on this new release.

Replete with 25 tracks, the record certainly endeavours to claw back the band’s place in musical history.

It reinvigorates with its creativity, employing five-part harmonies and really bringing a warmth to their traditionally unorthodox approach to the charts.

Bringing together such subject matter as El Fusilado, a man who survived a firing squad execution and Gary Tyler, an innocent man who has spent 30 years as an inmate on death row in the US.

Chumbawamba have been written off before, but the truth is that their brand of multicultural, multi-influenced music has never been more pertinent.

Give it a listen, because the second bands like this stop releasing records, the boy bands really will have won.

KIRSTIE MAY

2 thoughts on “British punk band Chumbawamba’s new album

  1. In anarchist-poc@yahoogroups.com, Gregory Lewis
    wrote:

    colinnotcolon@… wrote:Spread this far and wide.
    FYI: A PHONY “ANARCHIST” SITE

    In the past few months, a considerable effort has been put into
    building
    up a fake “anarchist” website, anarchy.net, and making it appear
    legitimate. A mere shell just a few months ago, this site suddenly
    includes a blog, a forum with nearly 500 (fake and apparently real)
    users, a Wikipedia page, a “library”, and even an online store
    selling shirts advertising the site.

    Though the site sports a “copyright” (one of many give-aways!) dating
    back to 1997, the domain was just a gateway to porn sites as recently
    as 2005.

    It is currently registered to “Throne Networks”, someone with a
    Virginia
    PO box who also hosts these other lovely sites:

    fuckcapitalism.com (“Anti-Capitalism”)
    ihatejobs.com (“I Hate Jobs”)
    infoterror.com (“Infoterror Internet Activist Promotions, Inc.”)
    antihumanism.com (“Anti-Humanism”)
    nihil.org (“Center for Nihilist and Nihilism Studies”)
    amerika.org (“Al-Qaeda Appreciation Society of North America”)
    corrupt.org (“Remaking Modern Society”)
    nazi.org (“Libertarian National Socialist Green Party”)
    churcharson.com (“CHURCH ARSON”)
    realitynews.com (“A look into the real world”)
    juliusevola.com (“Julius Evola: Traditionalist Visionary”)
    necrocapitalist.org (“Necrocapitalist”)
    pan-nationalism.org (“Pan-Nationalist Movement”)
    penttilinkola.com (“Pentti Linkola Fansite”)
    hessian.org (“The Hessian Studies Society”)
    anus.com (“American Nihilist Underground Society”)
    lostwisdom.com (“Lost Wisdom”)
    zionists.com (“Kahanist National Zionist Party”)
    continuity.us (“Continuity MOvement”)
    genocide.org (“genocide, holocaust, and democide studies”)
    fuckchrist.com (“Support the Judeo-Christian Holocaust”)
    burzum.com (“The Music of Burzum and the Writings of Varg Vikernes”)
    sataniccoalition.com (“The Satanic Coalition”)
    pragmatism.us (“Pragmatism Party – Traditional National Democratic
    Party”)

    Most of these sites link to several of the others, and up until very
    recently, even the new “anarchist” version of anarchy.net linked to at
    least the first six of them. The links were taken down when
    commenters on
    the site’s blog, and posters on its forums, began objecting to their
    content. But it is clear that the same organization is behind all of
    them.

    Taken together, these sites appear to be a broad net cast at young
    people
    in the process of rejecting inherited, official values. Whether they
    are a
    front for “third positionist” fascists, a government operation, part
    of a
    spam enterprise, or the product of a bored obsessive, what is
    abundantly
    clear is that “anarchy.net” is not operating in the interests of the
    anarchist movement, nor indeed of the majority of the world’s people.

    If the links with “nazi.org” weren’t enough, digging a little on the
    site
    itself uncovers an explicitly racist position:

    http://www.anarchy.net/anarchy/anarchy_library/racism/

    No one seems to care how contradictory it is for the powers that be
    that
    push the ideas simultaneously that
    a) all races are inherently equal
    b) there is no such thing as “race”
    c) some races need special assistance.

    It is obvious that there are noteworthy biological differences with
    different human populations. However, this shouldn’t be either a free
    ticket to discriminate with great prejudice nor to think that racial
    gaps
    should be diminished by interbreeding, because both forms of thinking
    are
    very far from what is stable and close to reality.

    The same text was pasted as a comment on a third-positionist fascist
    blog
    (http://anarchonation.blogspot.com/2007/10/jena-racists.html)
    in October, by someone calling himself “Postglobalism” and linking to
    anarchy.net, with the added line “Every nation needs its own culture,
    rules and space to live.”

    The Internet is notoriously full of exactly this kind of bullshit.
    What
    makes “anarchy.net” a problem is that it is now pretending to be the
    “International Anarchists Alliance”, an emerging coalition of actual
    anarchist groups:

    Member Organizations
    Anarchist-Antitheist Army, (Platformist), North America
    BlackStar Coalition, (Underground Collective), North America
    Anarchist Brotherhood, (Underground Militant Group), North America
    Schuyler’s Army (Black Bloc Coordinator), North America, Europe

    Needless to say, these groups are all either fake or imaginary:

    “The Anarchist-Antitheist Army, based in North America has come
    forward to be the first organization to become part of the Anarchist
    alliance.”

    “BlackStar is based in North-Eastern USA and South-Western Ontario.
    The Coalition’s contact may be reached through one of our staff.”

    “The Anarchist Brotherhood operates in northwestern USA, Ontario and
    Quebec. Contact to the Brotherhood is not permitted.”

    Anarchists in the US and Canada are forming real organizations. Some
    are networks that support us in our participation within broader
    movements for change and resistance in our communities and
    workplaces; others are specific political groups pursuing collective
    action strategies. Many are now growing, experiencing a slowly rising
    wave of social discontent in response to economic anxiety and
    distrust of government solutions.

    But history has proven that lone rebels can be misled. And in the
    course
    of a few months, somewhere between dozens and hundreds of visitors to
    the anarchy.net site, many identifying themselves as 13 to 17 years
    old, have already registered and handed their email addresses over to
    whoever is behind the site. At the best, this serves as a
    confusionary diversion. At worst, though, it provides a point of
    contact for fascist indoctrination, or a fresh FBI file.

    Spread the word about “anarchy.net”, and if you’ve already been duped
    yourself, be more careful. If you are interested in what anarchists
    (and
    our friends) have to say about the world we live in and our prospects
    for
    making revolutionary social change together, try one of these sites:

    http://WWW.ANARKISMO.NET
    http://WWW.INFOSHOP.ORG
    http://WWW.LIBCOM.ORG
    http://WWW.IWW.ORG
    http://WWW.NEFAC.NET
    http://WWW.CRIMETHINC.COM

    — End forwarded message —

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  2. Sir Bob Geldof wants $100,000 for anti-poverty speech

    Article from: The Daily Telegraph [Australia]

    November 15, 2008 12:00am

    ANTI-poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof has charged Australian organisers $100,000 to give a speech about world suffering.

    Geldof, 54, spoke about the tragedy of Third World poverty and the failure of governments to combat the crisis at a Crown casino function in Melbourne on Thursday night.

    But he charged about $100,000 for his troubles – a speakers fee that included the cost of luxury hotel rooms and first-class airfares.

    Fellow activist, World Vision CEO the Reverend Tim Costello, spoke for free. An event insider said the Geldof payments, which included the costs of a minder, appeared hypocritical.

    “It was an inspiring speech. But when you think he got paid $100,000 to talk about poverty it seems like a bit of a contradiction,” the insider said.

    “That’s $100,000 that could have made a difference to poverty right there. Everyone who was in the audience would have walked away in awe. If only they knew the full story.”

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