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Tubthumping

[tuhb-thuhmp]
"Tubthumping" is a song by the English band Chumbawamba. The single release went to UK #2 and US #6 in the single charts in 1997, as well as topping the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The cover art for the single is based on the logo for the manufacturing company of Arm & Hammer. The song is often misnamed as "I Get Knocked Down".

The liner notes on the album Tubthumper, from which "Tubthumping" was the first single, puts the song in a radical context, quoting a UK anti-road protester, Paris 1968 graffiti, details about the famous McLibel case and the short story "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner". The album version of the song opens with a sample of a monologue performed by Pete Postlethwaite in the movie Brassed Off:

Truth is, I thought it mattered. I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter.

Near the end of the song, the melody of the Prince of Denmark's March is played on a trumpet.

"Tubthumping" was number 12 on Rolling Stone's list of the 20 Most Annoying Songs.

In the UK, a tubthumper is a politician. The U.S. equivalent of tubthumping is "going on the stump" (campaigning).

The band did a few versions in other languages, for example in French which played in Quebec.

A reference to "pissing the night away" is British slang for wasting time while intoxicated with alcohol. A 'radio-friendly' UK version was also recorded using 'kissing the night away' instead of 'pissing'.

In late 90s, the band received an offer of $1.5 million dollars from Nike to use the song in a World Cup advertisement. According to the band it took about "thirty seconds to say no."

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