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This is the most recent information about Chumbawamba that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Chumbawamba, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).


Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.


Band Name Origins:

  • One of the band members had a dream where they were trying to decide between two restroom doors--one labelled "Chumba" and the other "Wamba". (According to the Book of Lists, anyway.) Submitted by: Alfvaen
  • Here's the exact quote from the band's official site: "Chumbawamba doesn't mean anything. At the time we formed (early 80's) there was a rush of bands with obvious names. It was the time of 'peace punk' and you couldn't get across a youth club dance floor without bumping into a Disorder, a Subhumans, a Decadent Youth or an Anthrax t shirt. We liked the sound of Chumbawamba because it wasn't nailing ourselves down. Thatcher On Acid were a good band but it's lucky for them that Thatcher stayed in power for 11 years. If her influence had only lasted 18 months Thatcher On Acid's sell by date would have come and gone a lot sooner. We wanted a name which wouldn't date. " Submitted by: Set the Record Straight

Stupid Band Names:

  • Sounds like a drunk person interpreting baby talk. Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
  • Just picture a native amazon rain forest tribe chanting it at a sacrifice ritual and you'll see what I mean. Submitted by: Mac
  • It sounds like something with native americans. It rhymes. But what does it mean?! Submitted by: Mike Florio

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Tubthumping"The biggest earworm of the 1990's, the title is nowhere in the lyrics, but the line "I get knocked down, but I get up again" appears a lot! - crazydon

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
WunhitwundaThey were best known for one song, "Tubthumping"Susie Creamcheese
ChewbaccawumbaMaybe they could score the next Star Wars flick?Greg G.

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"dumb bumping""tubthumping"f**gy qu***

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Tubthumping,"There is no such word.Weamon

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"What Do I Get?," The Buzzcocks"Amnesia," Chumbawamba
"Don't You Forget About Me," Simple Minds"Amnesia," Chumbawamba

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Farewell To The Crow" originally "Farewell To The Crown"
Julia Cox

Change a Letter:

"Farewell To The Frown" originally "Farewell To The Crown"
Jill Conrad
"Farewell To The Crows" originally "Farewell To The Crown"
Jill Conrad
"Tabthumping" originally "Tubthumping"
Uncle Seymour
"Farewell To The Clown" originally "Farewell To The Crown"
Julia Cox

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Tubthumbing""Shelbythumping (Fixed Version)"AmericanGirlFan5665
"Tubthumping""Stair Falling (Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff song)"Darius Whitehead
"Tubthumping""I AM MGTOW"Joseph Little
"Tubthumping""Trumpthumping (By Trumpawhompya)"Callmelennie
"Tubthumping""Joe Gulping"Annie
"Tubthumping""Game Playing"the_conqueror_of_parodies

There are additional Chumbawamba song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
TubthumpingAlcoholics AnonymousTatiana
TubthumpingDomestic Violence HotlineCho Boru
Creepy CrawlingPolice or Security CompanyScapegoat
TubthumpingAlcoholic Anon.Rave_bitch83
AmnesiaLong Term Memory Loss Help GroupMike Hack
There are additional Chumbawamba on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Who'll Stop The Rain?
   Creedence Clearwater Revival
Drip Drip Drip
Who'll Stop The Drip Drip Drip?
I hate that leaky faucet!
Can't Stop
   Red Hot Chili Peppers
Can't Stop Tubthumping
Heh heh heh!

Misheard Lyrics:

Misheard Lyrics:
Pizza another day
Original Lyrics:
P***ing the night away
Misheard Lyrics:
I get no job,
Dagga dagga dak,
Slimey always gets to you
Original Lyrics:
I get knocked down,
But I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
Misheard Lyrics:
I get no tub, like I outta get
Original Lyrics:
I get knocked down…
Misheard Lyrics:
I’m in a hotel
Original Lyrics:
I get knocked down
There are additional Chumbawamba misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
Pizza another day
Original Lyrics:
P***ing the night away

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

When I heard this, I thought it was about pizza!

There are additional Chumbawamba misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

Better Lyrics:
I get knocked up But I get down again
'Cause nothin's gonna make me responsible
Doin' the night away Doin' the night away
She drinks the whiskey drink,
She drinks the vodka drink,
She drinks the burbon drink,
She drinks the lager drink,
She goes to bed when she wants to have a good time,
She goes to bed when she wants to have a great time.
Oh, Danny boy, Georgie boy, Larry boy, (different names each repeat)
Original Lyrics:
I get knocked down But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down
Pissing the night away Pissing the night away
He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him Of the better times:
'Oh Danny Boy Danny Boy Danny Boy...'
Submitted by: Lucy

Funniest Song Lyrics:

The Funny Lyrics:
Pissing the night away...
Why They're Funny:
It's funny because it has a different meaning in England than the US. To 'piss the night away' would be to drink alchohol all night. It was funny when I found this out because when I heard it I always thought of someone who had to keep returning to the bathroom because he wouldn't stop urinating.
Submitted by: wadded beef

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

The Song Lyrics:
Oh, Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Song They Mention:
"Danny Boy", an Irish folk song.
Submitted by: Bob

Songs That Are Banned:

"We Are The World"
The song was banned on 1985 for explicit direct action support.
Submitted by: weirdkid106
Some commercial radio stations in the UK banned this shortly after the death of Princess Diana due to the line 'I get knocked down...'
Submitted by: pickle

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Thubtumping" originally "Tubthumping"
Submitted by: Elon Muskrat
"Care Well To The Frown" originally "Farewell To The Crown"
Submitted by: Ron N. O'Connor

Backwards Messages:

"Mary Mary"
At the end of the song, she says the Hail Mary prayer backwards. This mirrors the beginning of the song, where she says it forwards.
Submitted by: The Dormouse

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