Tony Blair (song)

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"Tony Blair"
Chumbawamba tony.jpeg
Single by Chumbawamba
Released December 1999
Recorded 1999 at Woodlands Studio, Castleford, UK
Genre Doo-wop
Length 3:05
Writer(s) Chumbawamba
Producer(s) Chumbawamba & Neil Ferguson
Chumbawamba singles chronology
"Top of the World (Ole, Ole, Ole)"
(1998)
"Tony Blair"
(1999)
"She's Got All the Friends That Money Can Buy"
(2000)

"Tony Blair" is a single by Chumbawamba which was made available exclusively to the UK mailing list as a Christmas present in 1999.[1]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song is an attack on then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, performed in a 1950s doo-wop style. The lyrics read like a heartbroken letter to an ex-lover who had broken all his promises.

Single art[edit]

The cover art pays tribute to the iconic artwork of Elvis Presley's debut album, which was also referenced by The Clash's London Calling album cover.

Backlash[edit]

Rupert Perry, the head of EMI Records UK at the time, was reportedly very displeased with the band for issuing the single, and sent them a letter which included the statement "I actually think Tony is really fab".[2] All copies of the CD in EMI offices were later confiscated.[3] The song can be downloaded in mp3 format from the band's website.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tony Blair" 3:05

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Back Catalogue". Chumba.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Chumbawamba Interview". Atomicduster. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Chumbawamba". Chumba.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

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