Slap!

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Slap!
Studio album by Chumbawamba
Released 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Anarcho-punk
Length 46:20
Label Agit-Prop Records (UK, 1990); One Little Indian/Virgin Records (UK, 1998); Reprise Records (France)
Chumbawamba chronology
English Rebel Songs 1381-1984
(1988)
Slap!
(1990)
Shhh
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
DooDah (favourable) [2]

Slap! is the fourth studio album by anarchist punk band Chumbawamba. It was a radical redefinition of the band's sound and attitude. The songs now inspired dancing more than moshing, and the lyrics were celebratory as opposed to victimist.

Track listing[edit]

# Song Name Length Notes
1 "Ulrike" 6:06 Ulrike Meinhof was Red Army Faction founder and left wing author; Contains a sample from the song "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" performed by Elvis
2 "Tiananmen Square" 5:23 About the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989; Contains a sample from Philip Glass' song "Serra Pelada" from Powaqqatsi
3 "Cartrouble" 4:47 About American novelist Zora Neale Hurston
4 "Chase PC's Flee Attack by Own Dog" 4:14
5 "Rubens Has Been Shot!" 3:56 About an incident in 1921 Dresden when fighting between workers and the German army lead to damage to a Peter Paul Rubens painting in the Zwinger Gallery, as the reaction was more critical of the damage to artwork than the loss of life
6 "Rappaport's Testament: I Never Gave Up" 7:10 Different version, titled "I Never Gave Up" released as single in 1992; Inspired by the Primo Levi novel Moments of Reprieve, about life in Nazi concentration camps
7 "Slap!" 6:10 About former MP Bernadette Devlin's assault on MP Reginald Maudling whose policies towards Northern Ireland contributed towards the Bloody Sunday incident
8 "That's How Grateful We Are" 6:16 About the bad working conditions in Soviet-era Hungary that lead to the short-lived Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and the destruction of a statue of Joseph Stalin, as a metaphor for the conditions of the working class around the world
9 "Meinhof" 2:14 Instrumental reprise of "Ulrike"

Personnel[edit]

  • Lou: vocals, guitar
  • Dunst: vocals, percussion, soprano saxophone
  • Harry: drums, percussion
  • Alice Nutter: vocals
  • Danbert Nobacon: vocals
  • Boff: guitar, vocals, clarinet
  • Cobie Laan: live recording
  • Mavis Dillan: bass, trumpet, vocals
  • Simon "Commonknowledge" Lanzon: keyboards, accordion, piano

with:

  • Alan Wilkinson: alto and baritone saxophones
  • Neil Ferguson: keyboards
  • Dill: whine
  • Derek: woof
  • Mia: vocals
  • Tanja (formerly Tania): mouth organ, vocals
  • Elvis Presley: quaalude, placidyl

also appearing on this record are: Carl Douglas, Mark E. Smith, Dagmar Krause, Philip Glass, Adam Ant, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, George Gershwin, Penny Rimbaud, Jake Burns, Rob 'n' Raz, Lenny Bruce, Muszikas Ensemble, Mark Perry, Gang of Four, and Poly Styrene.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. Slap! at AllMusic
  2. ^ DooDah review