The Boy Bands Have Won

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The Boy Bands Have Won
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Studio album by
Released3 March 2008
Recorded2007
GenreFolk
Length49:32
LabelNo Masters, Westpark
Chumbawamba chronology
Get on with It
(2006)
The Boy Bands Have Won
(2008)
ABCDEFG
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to 'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won is the title of the thirteenth studio album by British music group Chumbawamba, released in 2008. Commonly shortened to The Boy Bands Have Won[2], its full title contains 865 characters, and holds the record for the longest album title, as of August 2009.[3]

Background[edit]

The album continues their move into politically and socially aware folk music. Themes addressed on this album include suicide bombers, Philip Larkin, social networking websites, surviving a firing squad, evolution and the pains of the workplace. Also, on "Sing About Love" a heartfelt plea for a time when they wouldn't feel the need to "sing about the thing [they] always sing about".

The album was recorded by the five-piece line-up of Jude Abbott, Lou Watts, Boff Whalley, Neil Ferguson and Phil 'Ron' Moody that comprises the Chumbawamba of recent times but features guest appearances by several other artists.

The album's title was inspired[citation needed] by Fiona Apple's famous 1999 album When the Pawn..., whose title is over 400 characters long. The 2007 Soulwax release Most of the Remixes then took the title of longest album name when it was released with a 552 character title. The Boy Bands Have Won has since set the world record for album title length at 865 characters upon its release.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, arranged and produced by Chumbawamba except where noted.

No.TitleNotesLength
1."When an Old Man Dies" 0:54
2."Add Me"Featuring the Charlie Cake Marching Band3:27
3."Words Can Save Us" 1:52
4."Hull or Hell"With vocals by Oysterband3:31
5."El Fusilado"With vocals by Ray Hearne and Coope Boyes and Simpson2:32
6."Unpindownable" 1:22
7."I Wish That They'd Sack Me"Traditional, arranged by and lyrics by Chumbawumba4:10
8."Word Bomber"With vocals by Roy Bailey2:13
9."All Fur Coat & No Knickers" 2:12
10."Fine Line" 0:39
11."Lord Bateman's Motorbike" 3:34
12."A Fine Career"With vocals by Robb Johnson0:47
13."To a Little Radio" 1:08
14."(Words Flew) Right Around the World"Featuring the Charlie Cake Marching Band2:15
15."Sing About Love" 1:39
16."Bury Me Deep" 1:37
17."You Watched Me Dance" 0:58
18."Compliments of Your Waitress" 2:43
19."R.I.P. RP" 1:26
20."Charlie"Traditional, arranged by and lyrics by Chumbawumba2:12
21."The Ogre" 0:53
22."Refugee" 2:42
23."Same Old Same Old" 0:59
24."Waiting for the Bus" 2:44
25."What We Want" 0:47
Total length:48:41

Samples from previous albums[edit]

"...the band have ... mixed in samples of themselves from the past..."

Song Sample from
"When an Old Man Dies" "Rubens Has Been Shot!" from Slap!
"All Fur Coat & No Knickers" "Social Dogma" from WYSIWYG
"Fine Line" "Rappoport's Testament: I Never Gave Up" from Slap!
"Lord Bateman's Motorbike" "Happiness is Just a Chant Away" from Shhh
"You Watched Me Dance" "I'm Coming Out and "Dumbing Down (Piano Version)" from WYSIWYG
"Charlie" "Chase PC's Flee Attack By Own Dog" from Slap!
"The Ogre" "Digger's Song" from English Rebel Songs
"Refugee" "Fade Away" from A Singsong and a Scrap

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Chumbwamba's Website Archived 13 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Barlass, Tyler (23 August 2009). "No More Stories..." JustPressPlay. Retrieved 9 September 2009.

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