Quintessential '90s one-hit-wonder Chumbawamba, AKA that band that plays "Tubthumping," have posted a notice to fans on their official website announcing their split after 30 years (!!) in the music industry.
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 thirty years; a constancy we plainly couldn't keep up with in the end.
Though the band owes what fame it managed to garner during its three decades of existence to a single song, it deserves to be noted that Chumbawamba were, are, and will remain one of the most prolific music groups to ever make sound.
From their humble beginnings as anarcho-punks signed to the legendary record label founded by then-genremates Crass, through their rave-infused journey to mainstream pop, to their ultimate reinvention/return-to-roots with a folksy bent and a strong distaste for boy bands.
A farewell tour is planned for later this year.