Tubthumping

"Tubthumping" (also known colloquially as "I Get Knocked Down") is a song released by British rock band Chumbawamba from their eighth studio album, Tubthumper (1997). It is the band's most successful single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and hit number six on the US Billboard Hot 100[1] (although it topped the US Modern Rock and Mainstream Top 40 charts). At the 1998 Brit Awards, "Tubthumping" was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single; it had sold 880,000 copies in the UK.[2]

"Tubthumping"
TubthumpingHQ.jpg
Single by Chumbawamba
from the album Tubthumper
ReleasedAugust 1997
Studio
Woodlands Studio (Castleford)
GenreDance-rock
Length
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Chumbawamba
Producer(s)
  • Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba singles chronology
"Just Look at Me Now"
(1996)
"Tubthumping"
(1997)
"Amnesia"
(1998)
Music video
"Tubthumping" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

The song was the group's lead single from Tubthumper, their major-label debut.[3] It was released in August 1997.[4] Vocalist Dunstan Bruce retrospectively observed that, before the group wrote it, they "were in a mess: we had become directionless and disparate". He credited "Tubthumping" with changing that, telling The Guardian that "It’s not our most political or best song, but it brought us back together. The song is about us – as a class and as a band. The beauty of it was we had no idea how big it would be."[5]

Writing and compositionEdit

A Leeds pub called the Fforde Grene served as the group's inspiration for writing the song; guitarist Boff Whaley told The Guardian that it was written about "the resilience of ordinary people";[5] musically, "Tubthumping" is a dance-rock song.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "Some records just demand attention: "Tubthumping" is one of the rare few. You can spend three times the track's running time plucking out the seemingly disparate sounds and assorted genre references—starting with the forceful alterna-rock guitar scratches, the hip-hop-derived beats, and the swing-style horns. Holding it all together are the kind of rousing, gang-like chants that you hear at football games. Sounds odd, eh? Well, you won't soon forget this jam after first listen. And you'll likely be hearing it on pop and modern rock stations for months to come. If this gem is indicative of the tone of the act's forthcoming album, it should be quite a head trip."[7] Daily Record described it as an "irritating catchy drinking anthem from the anarchist band".[8] They also called it a "raucous anthem".[9] Music & Media noted, "After a decade and a half spent as indie heroes this collective is likely to break into the mainstream in a big way".[10] Ian Hyland from the Sunday Mirror gave it 8 out of 10. He commented, "Sing a terrace chant, mention lager and the rugby boys will be making boozed-up human pyramids on the dance floor in seconds. And you'll have a monster hit – good work, chum."[11]

In the Pazz & Jop poll for 1997 established by the newspaper The Village Voice, "Tubthumping" was voted the second best single of the year.[12] Australian radio station Triple J ranked the song at No. 3 in its Triple J Hottest 100 for the same year.[13] Author Bruce Pollock included it in his 2005 book "The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000".[14] "Tubthumping" was also placed at No. 12 in Rolling Stone's 2007 list of the "20 Most Annoying Songs"[15] and at No. 8 in the magazine's 2011 list of the "Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time".[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Upon its release, the song became an international hit.[17] On the UK Singles Chart, it debuted at number 2 on the chart dated 23 August 1997; it spent three consecutive weeks at number 2, held off the top spot by Will Smith's "Men in Black."[18][19][20] The song spent a total of 11 consecutive weeks in the top 10, and 20 consecutive weeks on the top 100.[21] On the chart dated 24 January 1998, three weeks after its last week on the chart, the song re-entered the singles chart at number 88; the following week, it fell to number 96 before exiting the chart.[21]

In the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 13 September 1997, at number 79.[22] The following week, it rose 16 places to number 63 on the chart, attaining the week's biggest gain in airplay.[23] Two weeks later, on the chart dated 4 October 1997, the song was again the biggest airplay gainer of the week, entering the top 40 in its rise from 47 to 35.[24] In its twelfth week on the chart, on the chart dated 29 November 1997, the song reached its peak of number 6, where it spent two weeks.[25] In total, it spent 31 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.[26]

The single was also present on many year-end singles charts for 1997. In the United Kingdom, it was ranked as the year's seventh most-popular single,[27] while it placed at number 3 on Australia's top 100 songs of the year.[28] The single also placed within the top 20 of the year-end chart in Sweden[29] and placed within the top 100 of 1997 in Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States.[30][31][32][33][34][35] In the United States, the song placed at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100's year-end ranking for 1998.[36]

Tubthumping (remix)Edit

"Tubthumping (remix)" was released in 2003 as a promotional CD by Chumbawamba on their MUTT Records label. The remixed version of the song was done by The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann. It is a slower version of the song, with a more minor key feeling to the music.

The other two songs on the CD were taken from the album Readymades and Then Some.

Track listings and formatsEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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