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One-hit wonders Chumbawamba to release post-lockdown film – 24 years after Tubthumping


ONE-hit wonders Chumbawamba have got up again — 24 years after Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down).

A post-lockdown film is coming out about the anarcho-pop outfit, which formed in 1982 and split in 2012.

Chumbawamba are making a comeback 24 years after their one-hit wonder Tubthumping

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Chumbawamba are making a comeback 24 years after their one-hit wonder TubthumpingCredit: PA:Press Association
Lead singer Dunstan Bruce (left) says they have spent five years filming a documentary about the band

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Lead singer Dunstan Bruce (left) says they have spent five years filming a documentary about the bandCredit: B176

Their iconic 1997 track — which reached No2 and still gets played on TV — is also being reissued.

Lead singer Dunstan Bruce, 60, said: “We have just finished a documentary about Chumbawamba. It has taken five years to make and that film will answer a lot of questions.

“I will never get interviewed again once that film is out.”

Vocalist Danbert Nobacon — real name Nigel Hunter — famously poured a jug of water over Labour’s then-deputy PM John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards.

Chumbawamba infamously poured water over PM John Prescott in 1998

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Chumbawamba infamously poured water over PM John Prescott in 1998Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

The Leeds-based band were protesting at his party’s refusal to back the Liverpool dockers’ strike.

Dunstan said: “We were really politically motivated and our outlet was the music”.

He added: “We wanted to change the world.”

Their uplifting anthem Tubthumping has been used in numerous ads and TV shows and continues to earn the band money.

The band's top hit still earns them money and often gets played on TV

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The band’s top hit still earns them money and often gets played on TVCredit: PA:Press Association

Dunstan told the Can I Ask You a Personal Question? podcast: “I hear the song on different TV programmes all the time like First Dates or Little Fires Everywhere.

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“It’s enabled me to live a creative life by my own rules and desires. We still benefit from that song. People have played the song at funerals. That is weird.”

Dunstan, seen with former members Boff and Jude Abbott, said he will never be interviewed again once the film is out

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Dunstan, seen with former members Boff and Jude Abbott, said he will never be interviewed again once the film is outCredit: AP:Associated Press

After the band split, Dunstan formed post-punk outfit Interrobang?! and has also made films.

Danbert released solo music. Dunstan said: “Being a one-hit wonder does not bother me in the slightest.

“I have had a hit. We tried to write another one.”

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