Magazine article New Internationalist

The Boy Bands Have Won

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Boy Bands Have Won

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The Boy Bands Have Won

by Chumbawumba (No Masters NMCD28 CD)

Actually, the title to The Boy Bands Have Won is at least 100 words longer than what fits on the cover of Chumbawumba's latest album, but let's just say that it is a yowl of fury against the Pop Idol-type mediocrity that seems so often to fuel cultural commerce these days. The Chumbas, self-proclaimed Dickensian cultural pickpockets, are one of Britain's original agitprop bands, but unlike harder edged fellow travellers such as Crass, there's nothing really scary about this Leeds collective. In fact the Chumbas reveal themselves here as purveyors of modern folk songs finely wrought in a traditional mould.

Chumbawumba have assembled a decent guest list for The Boy Bands (the Oyster Band and Jim Boyes and Robb Johnson included), but in essence, it's a slimmed-down acoustic line-up that's presented here. …

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