Dunstan Bruce

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Dunstan Bruce
Birth nameDuncan "Dunstan" Bruce
Born (1960-12-31) 31 December 1960 (age 61)
Billingham, England
GenresAnarcho-punk, pop, hip hop
Occupation(s)Vocalist, musician, filmmaker, lecturer
Years active1982–present

Dunstan Bruce (born 31 December 1960) is an English musician and filmmaker who is perhaps best known for his work with Leeds-based anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba, of which he was a founding member. He grew up in the northern industrial town of Billingham.

Career[edit]

Musician[edit]

Prior to Chumbawamba, Bruce sang for the Billingham-based band Men in a Suitcase. At the beginning of 1982, Bruce joined Chumbawamba and was the lead singer of the band's biggest hit single, "Tubthumping". Bruce left Chumbawamba at the end of 2004 after struggles and a rivalry with Boff Whalley, and the band eventually split up in 2012.

Bruce is the lead singer of Interrobang?!, an agitprop post-punk band he formed in 2012 with ex-Chumbawamba drummer Harry Hamer and ex-Regular Fries guitarist Stephen Griffin. They released a critically acclaimed eponymous album in 2018.[1]

Bruce performs spoken word pieces accompanied by music as The Existential Angst of Dunstan Bruce.[2]

Filmmaker[edit]

Bruce has worked in filmmaking, producing a soundtrack for Channel 4's Whatever: A Teenage Musical[3] and several documentary films, including one about his experience in Chumbawamba called Well Done, Now Sod Off,[3] which won the audience prize at Leeds International Film Festival. In 2012, Bruce directed a movie about the punk group Sham 69's tour of China called This Band Is So Gorgeous,[3] which was nominated for the "Best Music Documentary" at IDFA in 2012. In 2014 he directed the music documentary A Curious Life.[3] about the folk-punk band Levellers.

Bruce is making a documentary, I Get Knocked Down, about his experience in Chumbawamba and his subsequent determination to remain active politically and creatively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Chloe (20 March 2018). "Album Review: Interrobang (Self Titled) • RadioHud". Radiohud.com. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  2. ^ "A Politically Meaningful Camaraderie". Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Welcome". moonfruit.com. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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