A statement released on the group’s official website broke the news, declaring: “That’s it then, it’s the end. with neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. Thirty years of ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and Dada sound poetry, finally at an end.”
“So, sometime before the end of our thirtieth year – 2012 – we’ll play a few final times and then we’ll hang up our guitars, trumpets and football rattles.”
“We do, of course, reserve the right to re-emerge as Chumbawamba doing something else entirely (certainly not touring and putting out albums every 2 or 3 years). But frankly, that’s not very likely.”
Eight albums and 15 years into their career, Chumbawamba were thrust into the mainstream spotlight in 1997 with the release of ‘Tubthumping’, which broke the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic and was adopted in sports arenas around the world thanks to its defiant, chest-beating chorus.
Since ‘Tubthumping’, the band have released a further 10 albums, the last of which – an album featuring the cast of the Big Society musical entitled ‘Big Society‘ – was released in 2011.Just Published: