Chumbawamba has just announced that they are going to split up at the end of this year.
The British band best known for their 1997 hit “Tubthumping” announced on its website that the band members were parting ways.
“That’s it then, it’s the end…. With neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. Thirty years of ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and Dada sound poetry, finally at an end…. We felt we’d got to a point where what we did as a band – and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle – wasn’t doing justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place…. Eventually the rest of our lives got in the way and we couldn’t commit the time and enthusiasm that the band demanded.”
The band may be known to some as a “one hit wonder” but Chumbawamba released over 15 albums during their 30 year career. The Guardian reports that the band released their final album this January and will play a few concerts this year before hanging it up for good.
The band writes:
“Thirty years of being snotty, eclectic, funny, contrary and just plain weird. What a privilege, and what a good time we’ve had.”
Were you a fan of Chumbawamba? Are you more surprised that the band is still together playing music, or that “Tubthumping” was released 15-years-ago?
Here’s the band’s biggest hit, “Tubthumping.”