After 30 years together, Chumbawamba—the British alternative rock band—have officially broken up, according to a statement released on the group’s website.
The band, which have gone through many musical reincarnations throughout their career—from anarcho punk to kitschy pop—are most well know for their hit 1997 single, “Tubthumping.” The song peaked at number two on the UK singles chart and number six on the U.S. Billboard chart.
In a statement posted on the band’s website, they explained the split:
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. We were always as much about ideas as music, and that meant doing more than writing, recording and touring songs. 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 30 years; a constancy we plainly couldn’t keep up with in the end.
Read the full statement HERE.
Now let’s take a moment to remember the band in happier times. Watch the music video for their most successful single below.
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