Uneasy Listening - Umpteen Years Of One-Legged Men At Arse-Kicking Parties
Frustratingly, the [B]Chumbas[/B] are one of the most politically sound bands around, but it's a sad truth that some of the most sensational pop music ever has been made by right-wing scumbags...
Political hypocrisy, organised religion, homophobia - the obvious targets are attacked with numbing street-theatre polemic. 'Big Mouth Strikes Again' defends Lenny Bruce, dead since 1966, while 'Give The Anarchist A Cigarette' attacks the young Bob Dylan a mere 30 years later. Dangerously topical protest music or what?
Frustratingly, the Chumbas are one of the most politically sound bands around, but it's a sad truth that some of the most sensational pop music ever has been made by right-wing scumbags. Only when they mix politics with emotion, as in the mellifluous 'This Girl' or the sublimely simple 'Nothing Knocks Me Down', do the Chumbas touch the heart as well as the head - and this, as Jarvis and the Manics have shown, is the first step towards real subversion. As long as Chumbawamba remain famous for the anarcho-pop equivalent of 'Shaddap You Face', their significance will be negligible.
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