Friday, May 22, 2009
Chumbawamba A Capella, or Chumbawamba, Yon Instrumentation Doth Slumba!
In 1989, Chumbawamba released an album of a capella songs of rebellion spanning many centuries. The 10-inch record did not sit well with the "punk public" who were still listening to "re-hashed versions of Feeding of the 5000." The staff of Maximum Rocknroll even had a staff meeting to discuss whether they would continue to do any write ups or interviews with the band and after a hearty discussion deemed the recording as "not punk" and haven't mentioned them much ever since. In Ian Glasper's book The Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho-Punk-1980-1984, Boff Whalley said, "On the one hand we thought it was ridiculous, and on the other we thought it was quite funny! Some of those people were just gob-smacked...it's no good getting all upset about it; we never said anyone had to like it; we just wanted to provoke them, to get them to try something different for once..."
English Rebel Songs 1381-1914