Anarchy (Chumbawamba album)

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Studio album by Chumbawamba
Released 25 April 1994
Recorded January 1994
Length 41:32
Label One Little Indian/London
Producer Chumbawamba, Neil Ferguson
Chumbawamba chronology

Anarchy is the sixth studio album by anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba. Many of the tracks address specific social issues, such as homophobia, strikes or fascism.

Its graphic cover, depicting a baby's head emerging from a vagina, prompted the record to be banned from some shops and stocked in plain sleeves in others.[2] The iTunes version of the album replaces the baby picture with a painting of several flowers.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]

In a review for AllMusic, Chris Nickson praised the album's "intelligence" and stylistic diversity but awarding the album three stars.[1] Music critic Robert Christgau regarded the album as "transient punk-style agitprop with announcements," awarding the album two honourable mention stars, and praising "Timebomb" and "Mouthful" as highlights.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was a commercial success, giving the group their first top 40 album on the UK Albums Chart. The album debuted and peaked at number 29 on the chart dated 7 May 1994; it spent a total of three weeks on the chart before exiting the top 100.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Chumbawamba except where noted. All songs produced and engineered by Chumbawamba and Neil Ferguson.

  1. "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette" – 4:07
  2. "Timebomb" – 3:40
  3. "Homophobia" – 2:31 (Melody trad.)
  4. "On Being Pushed" – 0:31
  5. "Heaven/Hell" – 2:26 (Melody trad., from Hungarian folk tune "Hidegen")
  6. "Love Me" – 3:51
  7. "Georgina" – 2:26
  8. "Doh!" – 0:20
  9. "Blackpool Rock" – 0:28
  10. "This Year's Thing" – 4:04
  11. "Mouthful of Shit" – 3:45
  12. "Never Do What You Are Told" – 1:22
  13. "Bad Dog" – 4:31
  14. "Enough Is Enough" – 4:34 (Chumbawamba/MC Fusion)
  15. "Rage" – 2:50
  • Secret track "Timebomb" (vocals by Jimmy Echo)

Song details[edit]



Additional personnel

  • Neil Ferguson
  • MC Fusion
  • Simon "Commonknowledge" Lanzon - Accordion
  • Kerry and Casey - "Georgina" intro
  • Geoff Reid - Mandolin


  1. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chumbawamba website
  3. ^ a b Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ "Chumbawamba Chart History". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. ^ Uneasy Listening CD booklet.