It is the band's most successful single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song was the group's lead single from Tubthumper , their major-label debut. The song is about us — as a class and as a band. The beauty of it was we had no idea how big it would be. A Leeds pub called the Fforde Grene served as the group's inspiration for writing the song; guitarist Boff Whaley told the Guardian that it was written about "the resilience of ordinary people";  musically, "Tubthumping" is a dance-rock song. Upon its release, the song became an international hit. In the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot dated 13 September , at number
Boff Whalley, guitarist
When Chumbawamba started in we were all squatting in a big, empty house, doing part-time jobs and sharing our money. We were an anarchist collective, influenced by the Sex Pistols and the Clash, but right from the start we wanted to sing harmonies and have singalong choruses. Before we released a Chumbawamba album there was a musical movement around called Oi! It attracted lots of fascists. We invented an Oi! That album actually came out….
Dunstan Bruce, vocalist
Top definition. Tubthumping is going out and singing and having drinks after protesting. Song by chumbawamba : I get knocked down , but I get up again Tubthumping was something the Irish did when they were revolting against England. The word was made popular recently by the Anarchist band Chumbawamba , with their song by that title. Aug 11 Word of the Day.
Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite One Hit Wonders of all-time. Some famous one hit wonder bands The Vapors, The Buggles existed barely long enough to record their lone hit, while others Los del Rio, The Knack continued to plug away for years after their brief moment at the top. Some Sir Mix-A-Lot revel in the notoriety their hit continues to brings them, while others Devo see that hit as the very thing that killed their career. Any way you look at it, the industry is littered with one hit wonders. Here are your top The playground rumor at the time was that the song is a big joke about masturbation, but Fenton has long denied it. In Liz Phair cut a memorable cover of the tune.