Chumbawamba

Tubthumping

Composed by Chumbawamba

Song Review by

Sometimes the beauty of a song lies in its frivolity. Human nature dictates that people want to mindlessly escape every now and again, and what better aid in doing so than an upbeat, completely nonsensical song? Upon its release in 1997, the U.K. electronic-pop group Chumbawamba had audiences wondering what the hell "Tubthumping" meant, the title of their first single release from the album Tubthumper. The strange word is not even mentioned in this song, whose chorus, "I get knocked down/I get up again/You're never going to keep me down," helped the song land some television commercials and even a couple of movie soundtracks. Devoted entirely to imbibing the night way, "Tubthumping" is shamelessly contagious and irresistibly winning. Who didn't get a kick from the Celtic-like female vocals that sing, "Pissing the night away/Pissing the night away"? Then there are all the alcoholic references -- "He drinks a whiskey drink/He drinks a vodka drink/He drinks a lager drink" -- strategically pasted together in verses that are nothing short of funny. Listeners relished in singing, word for word -- especially the "Oh, Danny Boy" bridge -- this 1997 tribute to drinking and the human spirit. Its musical arrangement, which closely resembles an electronic-pop version of a sports rally chant, added to the revelry. "Tubthumping" found success in its silliness and party nature -- a must in a world that can get too heavy too often.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tubthumper 1997 Universal Distribution / Republic / Universal 4:38
Club Hits '97 [Time Unlimited] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Bravo Hits, Vol. 19 1997
Various Artists
Electrola 3:33
Now Dance '97 1997
Various Artists
Virgin
Tubthumping 1997 Universal Distribution 3:34
No Image 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1998
Various Artists
ZYX Music
The Best Summer Party...Ever 1998
Various Artists
Virgin
The Best Album in the World...Ever! Vol. 7 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
MTV Most Wanted 1998
Various Artists
WEA International 4:06
The Best of Shine 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 33:23
CD Groove 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Now, Vol. 8 [Japan] 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best Party Megamix in the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:14
Dance Hit Invasion '98 1999
Various Artists
Ti Amo Records 4:53
Breaking Through 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Lifetime/Universal 3:34
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Music for Life: 38 Massive FM Hits 1999
Various Artists
WEA International 3:33
Now: 1997 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:33
Uneasy Listening 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:33
Only the Hits 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Best Millennium Party Ever 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Best Anthems...Ever! [2000] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Ahora '98 2000
Various Artists
Import 3:35
No Image 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1980-1999 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Dancemania Diamond Millennium Hits Collection: Complete Edition 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Springbok Rugby Hits 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best Pub Jukebox in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 3:32
NHL 2Toronto: All Star Game Hits! 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 4:38
Drop Dead Gorgeous 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 3:32
No Image 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Non-Stop Party Album, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Music Club 3:05
De Prehistorie: De Jaren 90 (1997) 2001
Various Artists
Eva 3:33
No Image 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
Dancemania Best: Yellow 2002
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Dance Box: 45 Massive Dance Hits 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:24
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:40
Radio Waves of the '90s: Pop Hits 2002
Various Artists
Special Products / Universal Special Products 4:39
Phatt Aus Dem Bett 2003
Various Artists
SPV 3:19
Twogether Rock 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 22 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Summer Album: 21 Scorching Hot Hits 2004
Various Artists
EMI 3:24
The Best Beer Drinking Album in the World...Ever 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
England: The Album 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:34
VH1: I Love the '90s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
I Love Music 1995-1999 2004
Various Artists
Disky
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:58
Good Life 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Ultimate 16: Retro '90s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:40
Let's Party [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:21
One Hit Wonders 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:58
Toño Y La Mucgedumbre Esquinca 2005
Various Artists
ACR 4:40
Feel Good Songs [Virgin] 2006
Various Artists
Virgin
Dance Til You Drop, Vol. 3 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
All Ultimate Dance 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:39
Ö3 Greatest Beach Volleyball Hits 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Video Hits: More Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Summer Sunshine Party 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:24
RTL Sommer Hits 2007 2007
Various Artists
RTL Music / Sbm Records 3:32
Pure: 90s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:23
Influences: Avril Lavigne 2007
Various Artists
One Eighty 3:58
Top of the Pops 1997 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:32
Playlist: Alternative 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is 1997 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:31
101 90's Hits [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:33
The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
101 Running Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
101 Indie Classics 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:33
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin 3:34
England: The Album 2010 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:33
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:32
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:33
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:31
100 Hits: 90s Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 3:32
Top Of The Pops - Nineties 2011
Various Artists
3:30
Ultimate Driving Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Gold 3:31
100 Hits: Alternative 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:23
The Ultimate DIY Songs 2012
Various Artists
EMI Gold
Seriously 90s 2013
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:34
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:32
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:31
Best Party Album in the World...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Gold
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:57
Hit Club '97, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Eva
Hockey Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Just the Best, Vol. 14
Various Artists
PolyGram
Massive Hits! Alternative
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:23
No Image
Various Artists
WEA
Now 3
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
One Hit Wonders [International Version]
Various Artists
Universal 3:31
Original Hits: Top of the Pops
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold
School's Out '90s
Various Artists
EMI
School's Out Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Polydor / Polymedia
So Fresh: Greatest Hits of the 90's
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:21
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:22
Tailgate Party!
Various Artists
Celebrations 3:59
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:32
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:29
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