Chumbawamba Breaks Up After 30 Years
Chumbawamba is getting knocked down and may not get up again.
About 15 years after scoring their massive hit with "Tubthumping" in 1997, British punk rock band Chumbawamba is calling it quits.
"That's it then," the band wrote on its website today, July 9th. "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."
Formed in Burnley, England in 1982 by Allan "Boff" Whalley, the band began as part of the anarchistic "Oi" punk scene but veered towards rave-ready dance and techno sounds later in their career.
Chumbawamba plans to play its way out of 2012 with a string of fall and early winter shows. "We do, of course, reserve the right to re-emerge as Chumbawamba doing something else entirely," the statement reads, but "frankly, that's not very likely,"
"Tubthumping" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, and No. 2 on the UK singles chart, but in recent years wound up more often on lists like Rolling Stone's 20 Most Annoying Songs.
You can read the farewell post in its entirety here.