Anarchy (Chumbawamba album)
|Studio album by Chumbawamba|
|Released||25 April 1994|
|Label||One Little Indian/London|
|Producer||Chumbawamba, Neil Ferguson|
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. The iTunes version of the album replaces the baby picture with a painting of several flowers.
In a review for AllMusic, Chris Nickson praised the album's "intelligence" and stylistic diversity but awarding the album three stars. 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.
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.
All songs written and arranged by Chumbawamba except where noted. All songs produced and engineered by Chumbawamba and Neil Ferguson.
- "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette" – 4:07
- "Timebomb" – 3:40
- "Homophobia" – 2:31 (Melody trad.)
- "On Being Pushed" – 0:31
- "Heaven/Hell" – 2:26 (Melody trad., from Hungarian folk tune "Hidegen")
- "Love Me" – 3:51
- "Georgina" – 2:26
- "Doh!" – 0:20
- "Blackpool Rock" – 0:28
- "This Year's Thing" – 4:04
- "Mouthful of Shit" – 3:45
- "Never Do What You Are Told" – 1:22
- "Bad Dog" – 4:31
- "Enough Is Enough" – 4:34 (Chumbawamba/MC Fusion)
- "Rage" – 2:50
- Secret track "Timebomb" (vocals by Jimmy Echo)
- The title of Give The Anarchist A Cigarette comes from a scene in the Bob Dylan documentary Dont Look Back in which Dylan's manager Albert Grossman tells him "They're calling you an anarchist now", to which Dylan replies "Give the anarchist a cigarette".
- The line "give the fascist man a gunshot" from Enough is Enough was referenced by Asian Dub Foundation in their song "TH9".
- The lyrics to Georgina reference the Peter Greenaway movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
- The title to the track "Doh!" is named after the catchprase used by the cartoon character Homer Simpson. The catchphrase is heard at the end of the track.
- Harry Hamer
- Danbert Nobacon
- Paul Greco
- Lou Watts
- Dunstan Bruce
- Boff Whalley
- Alice Nutter
- Mavis Dillon
- Neil Ferguson
- MC Fusion
- Simon "Commonknowledge" Lanzon - Accordion
- Kerry and Casey - "Georgina" intro
- Geoff Reid - Mandolin