Chumbawamba, the British "anarchist" punk band responsible for that 1997 smash hit "Tubthumping," announced it was breaking up, in a posting caught by Punk News Monday, and if you're wondering what took them so long, they were probably trying to avoid hearing the obvious jokes about them "getting back up again."
Yes, it seems that the only thing anyone knows about the band is the refrain from "Tubthumping," which goes, "I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down." The actual reason the band stayed together so long is that they were busy making music, and presumably being yelled at by concert-goers to play that song. "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," the group wrote in a statement.
Another joke, were one inclined to make it, might hinge on the fact that the band didn't have the most market savvy approach to its product: They once famously encouraged fans to steal their CDs, which lead to some chains pulling them from shelves, according to Billboard.
Our award for more creative repurposing of lyrics in the wake of this random announcement goes to Kevin Lincoln, a Buzzfeed Editor, who tweeted, "Pouring out a whiskey drink, and then a vodka drink RT @BuzzFeed: ALERT: Chumbawamba just broke up." If you're going to quote lyrics, you might as well dig around a bit in the verses.
We'll pour one out, too, Chumbawamba:
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