Chumbawamba has been knocked down — and apparently won’t get up again.
The British “anarcho-punk” group behind the contagious 1997 hit “Tubthumping” announced on its website Monday that it had broken up after 30 years, and made it clear that the group would not be reuniting.
That’s it then, it’s the end. with neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion…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…It meant trying to be relevant and active and up-to-date, while trying to avoid the dreaded rut of routine or repetition. being up-to-date meant giving plenty of time and energy to the band, constantly, for those thirty years; a constancy we plainly couldn’t keep up with in the end.
Chumbawamba’s most popular — and to most, its only single — peaked at number two on the U.K. singles chart, and sixth on the U.S. singles chart, having one of the most infectious choruses of the 1990s.
“This is a sad, sad day for everyone,” the band’s five remaining fans said.
To relive the group’s glory moment, watch the video here and take a whisky drink, a vodka drink, a lager drink or a cider drink: